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Saving Time and Improving Grant Efficiency

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123 Grant Writer works with you to find the funding you need.

Lack of staff time for researching and writing grant applications was the top barrier to receiving grant funding in "The 2023 State of Grantseeking Report" (


The Grant Professionals Association ( ) partially underwrote this report. The report seeks to determine the barriers nonprofits face in getting funding for their organizations by surveying the leaders of nonprofit organizations. A grant consultant can overcome these barriers for nonprofits. Let's explore the top five barriers for improving grant efficiency more closely.


Lack of time or staff

Leaders in 24% of organizations reported this as a challenge. Organization leaders focus on daily tasks, and spare time is rare. The many steps in grant writing can take up much time. Working with a consultant leaves time-consuming aspects of improving grant efficiency to a professional.


Funder practices/requirements

Due to the lack of time, 15% of leaders in the report said keeping up with the requirements of grantors was an enormous task. Each fund has its application requirements, which often change yearly. Grant consultants must keep up with those changes.


Researching/finding grants

Following closely in third place (at 14% reported) is research, which is related to finding time but also includes knowing where to look. Consultants can work with your organization to match it with the best potential funders. Funds and creative partnerships that organizations haven't considered are often available.



Another 9% of survey respondents said competition for grants was a challenge. Applications must strategically match organizations to funds by finding their similarities. Grantors like to know their money is going to nonprofits with similar visions. A consultant can look from a different perspective than a staff member might have and see how they best fit together.


Funder relationships

Eight percent of leaders surveyed said keeping up with relationships is a barrier to getting grants. Often, a consultant has a relationship with grant sources because they have worked with them on similar projects. Organizations can become part of those relationships by working with a grant writer to improve grant efficiency.


123 Grant Writer founded to respond to your needs

There are relatively few grants professional consultants in the Great Lakes region. That’s why I founded 123 Grant Writer in 2017, with three services to help nonprofits, including (1) researching funders, (2) writing proposals, and (3) reporting on grants awarded. I look forward to helping your organization overcome its challenges to receiving more grant funding from federal, state, and local sources and community foundations through contracting with 123 Grant Writer LLC. I can work with start-up nonprofits and larger, seasoned organizations to find grants that help further your mission. I am a registered member of the Grant Professionals Association and follow GPA's Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Practice.


To schedule an appointment to review your grant-writing needs, please get in touch with me at or call 419-619-4436.


Moving forward together,


Ann Keefe, Owner & Writer

123 Grant Writer LLC


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