John O'Connor Grant Writing has been working with clients, both large and small, and writing and winning grants for twelve years. Our purpose is to assist nonprofit organizations achieve their missions. We do this by finding grant funding to enable their programs to become sustainable, and develop new programs to bring current and excellent services to the people that they serve.
John O'Connor's background is suited to this purpose. His experience as a CFO, CEO of a software company, and an accounting and programming consultant has enabled him to develop the analytical and management resources to develop superior grant research programs, create excellent and winning grant proposals, and put together and manage grant writing teams.
Here are our services:
Comprehensive research is a critical aspect of our services. Without research there will be on grants. Our dedicated research staff uses sophisticated tools and software to monitor funding web sites, grant opportunities, nonprofit community events, workshops, and training events. Our staff receives real-time notifications when updates to these sites are made, ensuring our clients have access to all possible funding opportunities. Our goal is to have the best research service that lets us make the most appropriate grant matches for our client.
With access to databases online we conduct targeted searches to find the best potential funding opportunities for our clients. We review foundation guidelines and funding history, scour the Internet for any other information regarding the foundation and cross-reference with the foundation’s most recent 990. This comprehensive information method enables us to become as familiar as possible with a foundation—a knowledge that substantially increases chances of a successfully funded grant proposal.
Successful federal grant proposals require highly in-depth research, skilled grant planning and management, and detail-oriented proposal preparation. Our staff monitors the thousands of grants on grants.gov as well as information from local government entities to identify funding opportunities to meet our clients funding and program needs. Federal grant writing for health, human service, education, state corrections and housing are among our specialties.
Working jointly with our clients program managers, we work through discussion, observation and research to become familiar with your organization and programs. We emphasize learning about the mission and how the mission is achieved. We effectively communicate with your staff to develop, analyze, and describe complex programs. We are successful and experienced in building partnership programs between cooperating agencies. Our skill and system helps nonprofits to not only address their immediate needs, but also develop future funding plans.
Grant Preparation & Writing
Precision, clarity and understanding - That is how we present your organization to grant funders. We produce letters of intent, full grant proposals and other applications of different types. With a complete understanding of requirements and deadlines, we know how to prepare a successful grant proposal. Our extensive database of evaluation tools and best practices enable us to compile thorough and professional proposals. Familiar in outcomes evaluation and meticulous adherence to funder guidelines, we prepare proposals that present your organization to funders in an efficient, effective and successful manner.
We pride ourselves in cultivating lasting relationships with our clients. We view ourselves as members of your operations team, and we learn as much as possible to present your programs in a knowledgeable and professional manner. Ideally, we like to conduct site visits and observe programs in progress to become intimately acquainted with the programs we represent. We also help collaborations and support systems among other nonprofits and funders.
We include “consulting” in our description because we offer services beyond preparing and presenting proposals. We work with evaluation experts to create and conduct evaluation programs as required by federal grants. Grant management is another frequent requirement that we can conduct and meet requirements. Also, we are active in the nonprofit community attending events, meeting, and developing relationships.