Katherine Heart has 16 years of experience providing a full array of grant services. She has assisted nonprofits 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, client agencies and funders, and a sample list of past projects that were awarded grants.
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. Here’s a short list of reasons why more than 50 agencies have hired Heart Resources, LLC.
1. Your agency 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 experience as a nonprofit manager for social enterprise departments into 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.
3. Your agency is concerned about controlling costs. Katherine is an accomplished writer who is an efficient and productive proposal writer. She tracks time and deliverables, with a clear do-not-exceed figure. She can assess your “net grant” and ROI (Return on Investment) – agencies have seen returns of 20:1 or better.
4. Your grant specialist has had difficulty with output and awards. The learning curve is steep for new grant writers with 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 revenue, and increase output and awards. Katherine provides focused editing and review services for individual grants, and expert positive feedback to proposal writers. New staff or board may be best served with in-house presentations that are customized for the agency. Katherine is a credentialed grant professional and nationally-approved grant trainer who can deliver short presentations and one-on-one training sessions about any grant topic.
5. Agency proposals have become boring and 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 make your agency’s best case for funding.
Still have questions? Contact Katherine for a no-obligation conversation about your agency's grant challenges.