I was first introduced to grant writing nearly 30 years ago. We were a small business of a university that punched above its weight. Set up to prepare business for the Single European Market, we quickly realised the need to support agencies to access funding from Europe for everything from training for employment, through to capital infrastructure and research. I spent the best part of ten years organising conferences and workshops, making sure we were at front of centre when new initiatives were launched. For my sins, I found myself managing a VERY large training fund, accountable for over 50 projects, whilst spending what spare time I had, assessing grant applications at the regional level. Great experience!
After arriving in Australia in 2000, I found myself working for nine years for a funding body. Not only was I involved in all aspects of grant management, I was also in a position to access grants for regional capacity building.
Over the last seven years, I’ve been working with community groups and businesses to access grants. It’s a rewarding experience to be able to help organisations that would otherwise struggle to get funding because of lack of expertise. I’ve had some amazing successes, at least twice attracting over a million dollars in grant income for grass roots clients. I’ve also had success in getting significantly more than asked for based on the quality of the application.
It’s our passion to build a community of grant writers; people who can help those with brilliant ideas, but who need help. This is why we’ve started the Grant Writing Coaching School Coaching and Mentoring Program with writers spread across the country.