Grant Writing and Research
Significant money exists from corporations, foundations, and government agencies to fund initiatives that help nonprofit organizations meet clients’ needs. Wastyn & Associates can find grants that fit your needs, assess your readiness to compete for funds, write and submit the application, and help with post-award reporting, freeing you to focus on building relationships with funders, partners, clients, and others who will advance your mission.
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Choose Wastyn & Associates for your grant writing and research needs
Accessing grant funds – by identifying possible sources of support and writing a compelling funding application – requires significant time and expertise that even larger organizations do not always possess.
Wastyn & Associates can help you articulate a grant fundable program and find a viable corporate, foundation, or government program to which to submit an application.
+ Grant Research
A successful grant program begins with comprehensive review of your programs to match with the interest of corporations, foundations, and government sources.
Our services differ from many other companies you might consider because we take the time to review these sources, talk to you about your priorities, and provide you with a detailed analysis of the sources that we think best fit your needs, returning an in-depth profile for each potential funder. Other organizations provide you with a list of possible grant sources that includes contact information, but few undertake the time-consuming task of carefully analyzing these sources to determine which will most likely sustain or grow your programs. We do.
+ Grant Planning
Once you identify potential grant sources, Wastyn & Associates will put together a plan to help you fund your priority projects. We work with you to contact the potential donor agencies to begin the cultivation process.
+ Grant Writing
Wastyn & Associates' qualified staff will use the information you provide about your organization and project to write a complete and compelling grant application, including budgets and all required attachments. Or, if you prefer, we will work with you to edit the application you write or complete any portion you desire.
+ Grant Reporting
Once you receive a grant, we work with you to assure that you understand the grant reporting requirements. We can also write interim and final reports to the funder and provide other stewardship activities and reports.
“Linda is so knowledgeable about all of the available funding sources that she is able to pinpoint which grants are best suited to your specific programming. Her abilities and experience enable her clients’ projects to stand out in the incredibly competitive environment of not-for-profit funding.”
Pamela Crouch, Living Proof Exhibit
“Thanks to Wastyn & Associates, Iowa Women Lead Change has its first comprehensive development plan, board members trained on the basics of major gifts philanthropy and an approach to grant making. Linda's understanding of her business and its nuances is a tremendous asset that IWLC is fortunate to have at our disposal.”
- Iowa Women Lead Change, Cedar Rapids, IA
“Working with Linda and Wastyn & Associates staff has been a fantastic experience. We appreciate their expertise and guidance, and we are very pleased with Linda’s grant writing services. She is thorough and keeps everyone focused, on task, and on time. Their team is an important part of our success!”
Liz Dierolf, Director of Advancement Communication & Stewardship
“Linda was able to refer us to local funders who were more willing to take our calls and learn about us. She also knew what the local funders were looking for when writing our grants. We were able to secure over 10 local grants in our first year working with Linda!”
Kelli Feigley, Managing Director, Fresh Films
“Linda is a trusted part of our team, she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to each and every grant that we apply for. She is a great listener, always putting my thoughts and idea’s first before beginning the process of applying for funds.”
- Joedy Cook, CEO Ballet Quad Cities
“Linda conducted the ½ day grant training for our staff that was extremely beneficial. Our staff left the training more equipped and everyone was excited and prepared to write more compelling grants.”
Joy McMeekan, Executive Director, Gilda's Club Quad Cities
"Linda Wastyn is not so much a grant writer, but a partner in development. She listens, learns and understands the client’s needs. Her attention to detail is absolute and the ability to submit projects before deadline takes pressure off me as a fundraiser, especially during those hectic times when so many grants are due all at one time."
-QC Convention and Visitors Bureau
“Linda Wastyn has been a huge resource for MidCoast Fine Arts. It has been a pleasure to work with her and feel confident when she's completing grant work for MidCoast that it will be through, timely, and accurate.”
-Christine Braden, Executive Director, MidCoast Fine Arts
With Linda's knowledge of grant writing and her attention to detail she has guided us to several opportunities to help with our fundraising. Linda has been readily available for questions and her ability to explain grant procedures has made her a pleasure to work this. Our committee looks forward to working further with Linda as we move ahead with our project.
-Lyle Peterson, Chair, Fundraising Committee, Friends of Veterans Memorial Park
"Wastyn and Associates knowledge, expertise and experience has been instrumental to our success in not only receiving grants but broadening awareness in the community of our Mission. We look forward to working more with Linda Wastyn & Associates."
-Lori Turner, Board Treasurer, Moline Community Development Foundation
“Our agency has partnered with Wastyn and Associates to provide 4 trainings to our service area. Linda has a wonderfully unusual way of explaining grant writing. She makes it fun, unintimidating and (honestly) a little sexy! Her knowledge is tremendous. I have received emails from attendees celebrating grant victories because of these trainings.”
-Jesse Mumm, Administrative Assistant, Scott County Kids
“There is simply no way we would’ve grown so well and so effectively without the help of Linda and Wastyn Associates. She consistently gives generously of her time, expertise, and resources whenever we need help with grants, understanding fundraising concepts, board development and/or organizational dynamics – and frequently all of these at once!”
Regina Haddock, Founder and Executive Director, Dress for Success Quad Cities
“Linda seeks to understand your services and needs first and then works with you to develop a plan. She is organized, efficient and an excellent partner in delivering on your mission.”
Child Abuse Council, Quad Cities