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Grant Writing

I have been writing a variety of grants for organizations ranging from cancer research to professional dance troupes for several years now. My approach is to learn about your organization, research funders through grants guides and then immediately work on putting out several grants/letters of inquiry to funding groups that I deem as “highly likely.” I do this to get the ball rolling as to speak and to immediately work on return on investment.

However, I also look at breaking down individual programs to get funded as well. I do this because, the current funding environment is shifting among foundations and they are looking more to give program support rather than general operating support. I feel a more specific, tightly focused grant application has a higher chance of success than a general request for support.

My grants have been funded by:

  • Ralph L. & Florence R. Burgess Trust
  • Hill Foundation
  • Mabel Hughes
  • SCFD – Adams
  • SCFD – Broomfield
  • SCFD – Douglas
  •  Thomas Bean Foundation

Each of my grants were completed and sent weeks/months prior to the application timeline.

Numerous organizations rely on grants and foundations for their success in bringing a product to fruition. Grant writing is complex, time consuming and needs a professional touch. Tim Esterdahl has provided that touch. Someone famous said a testimonial should be specific, short and sizzling. We appreciate the specific quality of the work, the efficiency in which it is completed and the results obtained.

— Jim Yarrington, President Rocky Mountain Brassworks

Examples of Letters of Intent

 Examples of Grant Applications

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