Katherine Heart has 18 years of experience providing comprehensive grant services. She has assisted organizations to raise millions of grant dollars from foundations, corporations, United Way, and local, state and federal government. Click on each link below to view descriptions of grant services and fee structure, clients and funders, and a sample list of past projects that have received grant awards.
Katherine is often asked about using her services as a grant contractor versus hiring an in-house grant writer. It is beneficial for organizations to develop grant capabilities and she can assist in the process by providing virtual and/or onsite comprehensive grant services as an independent contractor to start or improve grant plans, proposals, and results. Here’s a short list of reasons why more than 50 local and national organizations have hired Heart Resources, LLC.
1. Your organization needs to attract grants from more funders. Katherine has a proven track record of finding open grant opportunities from many sources. She delivers comprehensive grant research reports with matching “best fit” funders. Katherine provides grant consulting to build a funding strategy that appeals to Pittsburgh area grant makers.
2. Your organization wants to develop a new program, large project, or quick turnaround application. Katherine brings 15 years of previous experience as a nonprofit manager of social enterprise departments. She is highly capable at developing complex program, operating and capital projects (and budgets) involving multiple funders. Schedule permitting, she can step in to provide a quick turnaround on government RFPs. In one situation, she was contacted by an executive director to revise a staff-generated and incomplete workforce development application. Katherine produced the grant application for submission by the due date one week later which won a multi-year grant for over $4 million dollars.
3. Your organization is concerned about controlling costs. Katherine is an accomplished, efficient and productive proposal writer. She tracks time and deliverables with a clear do-not-exceed figure. She can assess your ROI (Return on Investment) – organizations have seen returns of 20:1 or better.
4. Your staff has difficulty with performance or productivity with grant output and awards. There are many reasons for this problem. The learning curve is steep for staff who are new to grants (three years or less of experience). Grant training and proposal coaching can help grant writers to improve competencies and skills, which can correct errors before they cost the agency lost time and revenue, and increase output and awards. Katherine provides focused editing and review services for individual grants, and expert positive feedback to proposal writers and program managers to assist in monitoring and reporting. New staff and board may be best served with in-house presentations that are customized for your organization. Katherine is a credentialed grant professional and nationally-approved grant trainer who can deliver short “board-worthy” presentations, one-on-one training, and grant team training sessions.
5. Agency proposals have become outdated. Katherine has taught hundreds of seminar participants her best techniques for developing programs/projects and writing better proposals. As an “outsider” (who has reviewed countless funding requests), she gives old proposals a “fresh look” with new data, a well-placed story and persuasive points that strengthen your best case for funding.
Still have questions? Contact Katherine for a no-obligation conversation about your organization’s grant challenges.