Needs Assessment and
requires a clear vision of a project. Funders want details, not
generalities, to be assured their funds will be spent effectively.
Gershowitz Grant & Evaluation Services can help a school system
clarify its needs and direction. One of our grant professionals will
spend a full day in a series of focused meetings
with stakeholders. The result of the sessions will be a clear vision
of the schools’ strengths, weaknesses and programmatic priorities.
These will be summarized in a brief memorandum. Then, we will use
our on-line and published resources as well as personal contacts to
locate the most promising funding sources for high priority
projects. A second, detailed memorandum will present our findings
and specific recommendations for grant development. This service is
priced at a flat fee of $3,000, plus travel expenses for the site
visit, follow-up research and two memoranda.
Washington and New York
After twenty years of
educational grant consulting, we have an extensive network of
contacts among federal grantmaking agencies in Washington and major
foundations in New York. These contacts
maintained by means of frequent networking trips to those cities.
For a nominal fee, we will establish contact on your behalf. We can
arrange an appointment with the appropriate program officer, discuss
your project, and obtain valuable feedback to pass on to you. This
information can keep you away from dead-ends and direct you toward
productive efforts. Since we conduct multiple meetings on each trip
East, we can make personal contact at far less cost than if you were
to travel to Washington or New York on your own behalf. Our fee for
a personal visit with a program officer is $300. This includes the
visit, a written follow-up report, and expenses.
Our proposals are
outstanding for their clarity, creativity and sensitivity to the
environment in which they will be judged. This quality translates
into an impressive win rate – 40% success, in competitions where 10%
or fewer of the proposals are funded. Over the years, our average
winning grant has been $500,000 over three years. Having now won
more than 200 grants, our winnings now exceed $100 million. We work
with our clients to develop a compelling rationale for each project,
write a proposal that engages busy grant reviewers, and prepare the
necessary attachments with technical perfection. To capture the
unique character of each client and each project, we often make a
site visit, prepare survey instruments, and develop other strategies
for conceptualizing the project. And we never miss a deadline. Since
ownership of their projects, we work hand-in-hand with them to
insure that the proposal states what the client has in mind. Prices
are based upon time and expenses. We do not work on a contingency or
percentage basis, but over the years, our fees have amounted to less
than 5% of the amount won. This is truly effective grantseeking.
We offer workshops and
seminars throughout the country in formats ranging from half-day to
a full week. Comprehensive workshops for grantseekers are
supplemented with focused programs on topics such as effective
writing, conceptualizing a fundable project, and designing an
effective evaluation plan. Both public workshops and sessions
sponsored by individual organizations are available. We have also
been invited to present programs in countries throughout the world,
including Russia, Brazil, Korea and Ghana.