Grants fund so much of our work in archives, museums, and cultural heritage organizations. Are you new to grants or want to dust off your grant knowledge? Do you want to learn what makes a competitive grant project idea? Or, perhaps you want to take your grant writing skills to the next level? Yes? Perfect! I have services, resources, and courses that will help you get in the game.
Grant funding is critical to secure the staffing, supplies, and expertise needed to preserve and present historical artifacts. But grant writing can be time consuming and challenging, and how do you even begin to find the right grant opportunity to fund your project?
In the first year of my career I realized pretty quickly that funding for archives, museums, and cultural heritage organizations was required to get the job done. I became a grant acquisition expert to get the resources we need to fund our collections and get back to doing the jobs we love.
Don’t let your project be a casualty of this year’s budget. If you need funding to care for and promote your collection I can help. My team will help you identify grant worthy projects and teach you how to apply for them.
If you're ready to partner on a project, please send an email to: [email protected].
Sometimes you just don't have the time or the know-how to apply for grants effectively. I only accept 2-3 grant clients a year so that we can focus intensively on your grant strategy, project creation, and successful application. From small local grants, to private foundations, to large federal grants--I've applied to them all and won. If you know your organization needs to get into grants, but you can't afford to do it yourself, then it's time to work with an expert who can save you time and money. This is an investment in your organization, to build a ramp up to grant award readiness.
If you're ready to partner on a project, please send an email to: [email protected].
I offer grant acquisition and management services to client who need an expert on their team for any of the following activities: strategy, writing, reviewing, and managing. In 2019, I hit a personal record of raising more than $752,000 across three clients, with only 33% of the total award amount coming from grant awards over $100,000.
Strategy: I only accept 2 or 3 grant clients a year regardless if they are applying at the local, state, regional, or national grant level. Each client requires a unique grant strategy that meets them where they are. Client past award history, current organization capacity, and grant vision help to determine which grant opportunities the client will most likely to be successful with. My job is to evaluate these factors, work with staff and stakeholders to craft a grant acquisition strategy, and deliver a report that: 1. Outlines priority grant projects (as revealed and created over the course of our work); and 2. Craft a list of grant opportunities the clients should apply for based on the client’s competitiveness for the opportunity.
Writing: For clients who don’t have the time or ability to construct grant projects and write grant applications, I can provide those services. Most clients that I write for have already gone through the strategy work with me. I will not engage in writing a client’s grant that I determine to not be a good fit for the client, as that means the client’s chances of success are not high due to an ill-fitting grant.
Reviewing: For clients who have capacity to write their own grants but would like to increase their competitive edge, I offer reviewing services. I will evaluate the grant opportunity being applied to, I will review the application against the grant’s criteria markers, and I will provide written feedback with verbal (live) troubleshooting suggestions. As I’ve both written and served on grant review panels, my experience and insight help clients gain a competitive edge and confidence in the application process. Given how much time and energy go into applying, this review service is one way to ensure the time and energy investment is worth it, i.e. successful.
Managing: For many clients it can be difficult to find a staff person who has the time or experience in managing a grant project. As someone who has successfully completed countless grant projects, I can serve as the grant manager to ensure milestones are met, reporting is done properly, and the project completes successfully. This can be especially helpful for large grants with intricate reporting requirements.
"We had limited grant success before we started working with Rachael. She was able to quickly help us identify what we were missing. Since working with her we’ve landed two very generous grants!"
"I’ve attended a few grant workshops and Rachael’s is the only workshop where I felt I walked away with concrete knowledge and tools to confidently write a grant. I know I can immediately apply what I've learned."
"The exercises Rachael walks us through helped me understand and breakdown the different parts of grant writing. I’m no longer overwhelmed by the prospect of grant writing!"
Grant funding is increasingly important to the future of heritage institutions. We know how challenging it can be to apply for grant funding, especially when time and expertise are hard to come by. So Lucidea and I teamed up to create a 1-stop shop grants directory and a grant writing workbook for you. This workbook provides an introduction to grant application elements, an overview of information to prepare for each application section, and four sample project templates. Check out the directory here, and grab your free e-copy with the link below, courtesy of Lucidea Press.Get Your Free e-Copy
Sometimes online courses is just not your thing. I've delivered workshops across the country and can tailor content specific to your organization. Workshops and trainings can be delivered in-person or virtually via Zoom. Please view the workshop and training options in more detail below and schedule a consult call with me to discuss your needs.
Most organizations skip important steps in the grant process and as a result they fail to secure funding. The Get Into Grants! program will increase your chances of getting a grant with a proven, step by step process to set you up for project funding success. And bonus — once you learn the process, you can use it again and again for all your future grant work! This program is structured to get your organization up and running quickly with a 2-day onsite intensive to develop your organization’s grant acquisition strategy, followed by a report compilation of grant opportunity matches based on your *new* and fully formed competitive grant project ideas. This program takes approximately 6-weeks to complete.
This workshop offers a sandbox for constructing competitive grant project ideas, reveals proposal pitfalls, and provides a template for creating a winning grant proposal. The workshop is a mix of lecture, guided instruction with handouts, brainstorming, group discussion, group exercises, and independent exercises. Participants will receive a Get into Grants packet of materials to use during the workshop and take home with them.
To be competitive, grant writers have to create a well-structured project and persuasively convey project details. This workshop is for anyone (beginner to intermediate) who could use more confidence in their grant writing. The course will offer a sandbox for participants to learn how to construct grant project elements, where to put grant project details, and how to make those details clear and compelling to grant reviewers. Participants will receive a Growing Grant Success workbook of materials to use during the workshop and take home with them.
I can create personalized trainings tailored to your organization's individual needs. Contact me to discuss options and receive a quote.
This book is for anyone who wants to delve into the grant acquisition process and confidently apply for grant funding. It takes a pragmatic approach to such topics as seeing each grant application as an opportunity, learning and moving on from inevitable failures, using grant acquisition to provide valuable financial sustenance to the museum without negatively impacting staff, and applying a systematic, common sense approach that builds the necessary skills to survive the grant writing process and thrive within it.Get Your Free e-Copy
I now offer a suite of on-demand courses via the Kajabi course platform. Each course is created based on my more than 10-years experience in the field with materials that I've toured with nationally providing workshops in-person. The courses come with video instruction, guided exercises, and an assortment of supportive documents based off my popular in-person workshops. I now offer a suite of on-demand courses via the Kajabi course platform. The courses come with video instruction, guided exercises, and an assortment of supportive documents based off my popular in-person workshops. My teaching style is to present the strategy, give examples, and offer insight into each of the subject areas covered. Going through these courses is an opportunity to get to know me and my teaching style before engaging me in the grant acquisition services I offer. Scroll on for more information on each course.
Get into Grants is a free mini course that provides an overview of the grant landscape for the cultural heritage field. The course lessons will guide you through the initial work of finding grant opportunities, teach you how to choose the right grant to apply for, and prepare you for what to expect in the grant application. Whether you're brand new, or just need a refresher, this course is a great way to quickly get up to speed and get into grants!
Get into Grants is a free mini-course that provides an overview of grants specific to archives, museums, and cultural heritage organizations. Whether you're new to grants or just need a refresher, this mini-course can quickly get you up to speed with grant fundamentals specific to our field. Get into Grants includes the following topics: income streams, funder and grant types, where to find grants, how to choose the right grant opportunity to apply for, common application elements to prepare for, tips to succeed, and proposal pitfalls to avoid. The course comes with video instruction, a copy of the slide deck, and an assortment of tip sheets, checklists, and templates to support your ongoing grant work. My teaching style is to present the strategy, give examples, and offer insight into each of the subject areas covered. Going through this course is an opportunity to get to know me and my teaching style before committing to a future paid course, or engaging me in the grant acquisition services I offer. You can read more about my services here: https://rachaelcristine.com/grants/.
This course is for anyone who wants to learn how to construct a winning grant project idea. Over the course of six modules and 18 lessons you'll learn the building blocks of a competitive grant idea, how to grow your grant idea to address multiple needs effectively, how to define outcomes and deliverables that attract grant reviewer attention, and how to build a project framework from your winning grant idea. The lessons will provide a sandbox for workshopping project ideas and offer exercises to help you create a competitive grant application. The course will come with video instruction, slide decks for each lesson, and a workbook filled with the exercises, helpful templates, and supporting documents. The package also includes a 60-minute grant strategy session with me upon the conclusion of the course. My teaching style is to present the strategy, introduce and guide you through exercises, and provide examples to help illustrate key concepts. This course is based off my nationally touring workshop and is offered here for the first time as a digital course.
This course is for anyone who wants to learn how to construct a winning grant project idea. Over the course of five modules and 18 lessons you'll learn the building blocks of a competitive grant idea, how to grow your grant idea to address multiple needs effectively, how to define outcomes and deliverables that attract grant reviewer attention, and how to build a project framework from your winning grant idea.