Grant proposal writing
Grant proposals must be compelling, while also conveying need and credibility. We take the time to invest in our clients’ history, their success, and their passions so that we can best garner the support of funders.
Effective grant funding relies heavily on matching the right programs with the best funders. We work closely with our clients to identify the grant sources most likely to support the areas they most need funded.
Grant Application Compliance
Too often grant proposals are disregarded by funders before they are even reviewed, simply because specific instructions and guidelines were not followed. Our experience and attention to detail ensures that every proposal we submit will rise to the top for consideration.
Successful Fundraising Plans
The strongest and most credible nonprofits rely on funding from diverse sources. We work with clients to develop a fundraising strategy that includes multiple sources and types of revenue.
A solid board of directors is often key to effective fundraising. We offer advice on developing strong, diverse boards, and best using them to help client organizations succeed.
Grant editing and review
Because not every organization needs or can afford turn-key grant writing services, we offer proposal editing and review.
Grant Writing Training and Workshops
We tailor small group seminars to the needs of specific staff or groups. Topics include basic and advanced grant writing, as well as finding grants and matching them to the best programs.
We hold private consultations with boards and executive staffs to help identify why our clients’ previous proposals haven’t been effective, and how they can be improved in the future.
terra mortensen, grant writer & founder
Terra Mortensen spent fifteen years in marketing, advertising, and public relations, where she worked with a variety of commercial and non-profit companies across a range of industries.
Since 2010, she has worked as a consultant and grant writer for nonprofit organizations. Her clients have included McDowell Environmental Center, Alabama Folk School, Magic Moments, Aldridge Gardens, Birmingham Holocaust Education Center, The Cahaba Foundation, H.E.A.L. Alabama, Alabama Lions Sight, and Schoolyard Roots. She is also active in the community as a volunteer, currently serving on the advisory board for the Alabama Folk School, and in a leadership role on the Creative Montessori School’s board of directors. For many years she also held leadership positions on the Alabama Rivers Alliance board of directors and on the boards of directors for multiple professional associations. Terra has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she graduated with University Honors and was recognized nationally as a PRSSA Gold Key recipient.
Terra leads a team of consultants offering a range of experience in writing and editing; local, regional and federal grants; and design. These include:
Karen Hunley has more than 12 years’ combined experience in grant writing, technical writing, and news writing. She has a master's degree in technical and professional communication and a bachelor's in journalism, both from Auburn University.
Tina Bilich Douglas
Tina has seven years of experience as a technical editor and writer in the construction and information technology industries. While earning her bachelor’s degree in literature at the University of Montevallo, she worked as a tutor in the Harbert Writing Center and also served as the Non-fiction Editor for the school’s literary magazine.
Joy has over a decade of experience working in the web development industry, designing thoughtful, practical layouts for clients of all sizes and in a range of industries. She has worked on projects from small brick and mortars to large corporate entities. Her skills include discovery/research, strategy, design, consulting, information architecture, UX, and art direction.