When Libby Hikind, founder and CEO of GrantWatch launched her first website in 2010, she was already an established, professional grant writer. Hikind, a national grants expert, began her career as a teacher in the New York City Department of Education, where she taught for nearly 30 years. During her teaching career, Libby wrote a number of grants for her classroom and later went on to raise 11 million dollars for a Brooklyn school district.
While teaching in Staten Island, Libby continued to raise funds for the local elementary school and the community. This led her to establish her own grant writing agency in 1994, and the 1999 through 2001 publication of NYC GrantWatch, a grants fax newsletter for nonprofit organizations.
With the Internet and the possibility of digital notifications, NYC GrantWatch grew to NYS GrantWatch and then the tri-state area and the rest as they say "is history!" GrantWatch is now the number one national and international grants website in the funding industry.
GrantWatch.com, the online resource for grants for nonprofits, government agencies, small businesses, and individuals, is a current up-to-date grant search engine for nonprofits, categorized geographically, by grant interest and keywords.
Each month, more than 120,000 people visit GrantWatch.com. Visitors to the site cover the broad spectrum of grant recipients, nonprofit organizations including hospitals, universities, schools, community-based groups, neighborhood nonprofits, and small businesses.
• MWBEzone.com is a current up-to-date grant search engine for individuals and small businesses, categorized geographically, by grant interest and keywords. When you subscribe to GrantWatch you have full access to Grantwatch.com and MWBEzone.com
• GrantWriterTeam.com: Libby’s second website, launched in 2013, matches grant seekers with highly skilled experienced grant writers. Grant writers assist nonprofits, small businesses, government agencies and individuals with a variety of services including researching funding opportunities, developing curriculum and designing crowdfunding campaigns. GrantWriterTeam's grant writers to help organizations with all these tasks.
Those seeking grants hire a grant writer when they don't have the time or know-how to effectively research, write and complete grant proposals while carrying out all their other job responsibilities. Hiring a professional, experienced grant writer can greatly increase an organization's chances of being awarded the grants they seek.
Grant writers can assist you by:
- Researching grant prospects: Grant writers will do the research to locate grant opportunities the entity that hires them is eligible for, and pinpoint which are best for them to apply for from among federal, state, local and foundation grants and contracts.
- Developing business plans: Sometimes grant writers act as consultants evaluating the needs of a business or nonprofit. This can include developing marketable programs; putting together a plan of action; setting their goals and the steps to reach them down on paper, preparing mission and vision statements if the organization lacks them; making sure they have all the required documents required to submit with the grant proposal; and identifying venture or angel funding.
- Writing and developing curriculum: Grant writers often write or compile educational surveys; research existing curricula; and write age-appropriate curriculum.
- Grant writing: Included in writing a the grant proposal are writing the grant proposal narratives; developing budgets; researching the needs of the target population; completing needs assessments; and researching literature for best practices.
- Evaluating programs: In addition, after a grant has been awarded, grant writers are often asked to be the ones to prepare evaluation reports and monitoring quality assurance to make sure that the organization can keep all the monies awarded.
- Crowdfunding: Another possible reason to hire a grant writer is to develop crowdfunding campaigns for entrepreneurs, nonprofits. teacher and students, artists, inventors, researchers, start-ups, social movements, sports teams. Grant writers can help their clients in developing social media strategies, fundraising materials, and identifying perks for contributors.
Other sites founded by Libby Hikind have grown the GrantWatch brand and provide comprehensive grant funding opportunities.
• Youhelp.com: This site synergizes crowdfunding with grant writing. The site enables you to raise money from individuals via the Internet. No waiting for a grant to be awarded – the money is in your nonprofit account the next day. You've already mapped out your proposal – so you just need a few pictures, a video and the passion for your program and the ability to reach your crowd through social media, email marketing, text, and calls.
• GrantsNews.com: This website offers late-breaking grant and fundraising news. GrantNews is where organizations can showcase their cause, share their fundraising successes and read about other organizations’ personal trials and tribulations. Nonprofits can write about their organization and later include the article in their grant applications.
Libby Hikind will be at the GPA Annual Conference at the Washington Hilton, November 6-9. Libby is speaking on the topic Get Your Writing Team on Task on the morning of November 7 at 11:00 am (11-12:15 pm).
If you have an upcoming conference and would like Libby to speak – contact our office at 561 249-4129, firstname.lastname@example.org
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