Grant Writing Help

Grant Writer Hotline

AML and its partners have collaborated to offer a FREE pre-grant application consultation to talk through their interests, eligibility, and processes for upcoming funding opportunities with an experienced grant writer. Entities that have identified a grant that they believe fits a need, should follow the intake process.

  • AML staff will document name, affiliation, contact information, and a short statement of need
  • AML staff will share that information with our contracted hotline operator, a grant writing professional
  • A grant writing professional will contact you. Here’s what to expect Pre-grant Application Consultation Process.
  • Contact AML at membersupport@akml.org or (907) 586-1325 to indicate interest​

Alaska’s Grant Writing Pool

The grant writing groups listed on this page have had success with securing government grants and working with organizations in Alaska. They have all submitted information we believe is important to consider when selecting a grant writer. This list is provided for your convenience. Inclusion in this list of grant writers should not be considered an endorsement by the AK Federal Funding website or its partner organizations. If you would like to be added to the list, please contact us at membersupport@akml.org

More information and resources are coming in cooperation with AKFederalFunding.org partner, The Foraker Group.

If you want to solicit proposals from multiple firms, you can use this Model RFQ designed for tribes & municipalities – courtesy of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Alaska.

Alaskan Grant Writer

Funding Results
$620,800

Grant Writers on staff and in Alaska
Team varies with 1-2 writers on the team and 6 others in Alaska, as part of the Grant Writers Unicorn Collective.

Fee Structure

Fixed fee dependent on the degree of readiness to pursue funding and how complicated the grant application is to prepare. Fixed fee is also billed by percentage of work completed monthly.

References
Hallie Bissett, Executive Director, Alaska Native Village Corporation Association (ANVCA)
Tara Sweeney, Principal & CEO Tack 71
Martha Barberio, Economic Development Director, City of Valdez
Paul Twardock, APU Professor, President, Prince William Sound Stewardship Foundation

For more information on the Alaskan Grant Writer – Click Here!

Alaska Project Solutions 

Funding Results
Government grant funding secured in the past five years for Alaska:  $42,813,414
Foundation grant funding secured in the past five years for Alaska:  $711,714

Grant Writers on staff and in Alaska
APSI has two staff members; Joan Herrmann, President, and company partner, Kelly Herrmann, who is the CFO.  Joan is a 34-year resident of Alaska and recently relocated to Oregon.  Kelly was born in Alaska and still lives in Alaska. APSI maintains a State of Alaska license for its services.  Our services are provided exclusively in Alaska.

Fee Structure
APSI charges various rates for grant writing, depending on the technical range of the application.  We provide custom quotes at no cost for all services, large or small.  For grant writing, we require a 50% upfront deposit for grant writing with the remaining 50%  due upon submission of the grant. Payment schedules are developed for other services.  We provide official, detailed contracts that include a scope of work and deliverables, with all service agreements.

References
Reference contact information is available upon request.

Luis Echenique, Grants Coordinator
Galena Village, DBA Louden Tribal Council

Tom Atkinson, City Manager
City of Kotzebue

David Roland, General Manager
City of Emmonak

For more information on Alaska Project Solutions, Inc – Click Here!

 

 

DeerStone Consulting

Funding Results
Over the last six years, DeerStone has helped to bring in over $50 million in grant funding for more than projects, with over $415 million in pending awards. Our grant writing success rate in 2020-2021 for funding infrastructure projects was over 75%.

Grant Writers on staff and in Alaska
DeerStone grant writing staff includes full time Senior Grant and Technical Writer Emily Dodge and COO Tashina Duttle – who have a combined 20+ years of experience in proposal writing, grant writing, and project development. Tashina and Emily are supported by a team of project managers, engineers, and technical experts. The entire team works, lives, and plays in Alaska!

Fee Structure
Hourly rate. Fee estimates are developed on a project by project basis, with years of grant writing experience informing our proposals.

References

Dave Messier, Rural Energy & Broadband Coordinator – Tanana Chiefs Conference

Sonny Adams, Village Energy Program Director – NANA Regional Corporation

Nathan Hill, Borough Manager – Lake and Peninsula Borough

For more information on DeerStone Consulting – Click Here!

 

Goods of a Soul

Funding Results
Government grant funding secured in the past five years for Alaska: $1,926,893
Foundation grant funding secured in the past five years for Alaska: $39,636

Grant Writers on staff and in Alaska
Team assembly varies with 3-6 writers on the team and 1-2 in Alaska;

Fee Structure
Fixed fee dependent on the degree of readiness to pursue funding and how complicated the grant application is to prepare.

References
Serena Fitka, Executive Director, Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association
Lara Hildreth, Executive Director, Alyeska Ski Club
Jill Chirstopher, Executive Director, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley

For more information on Goods of a Soul – Click Here!

 

Grant Writing Unicorn Collective

Funding Results
$4.48 million government grants in Alaska last five years, $45 million in US and Canada.

Grant Writers on staff and in Alaska
300+ grant writers of varying expertise levels and locations, 6 in Alaska

Fee Structure
Fixed fee billed by percentage of work completed monthly.

References
Nick Farline, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director
Kornelis, Kyle, Public Works Director, City of Soldotna
Richard Farber, Tribal Administrator, Native Village of Eklutna

For more information on the Grant Writing Unicorn Collective – Click Here!

Information Insights

Funding Results
Government grant funding secured in the past five years for Alaska (approx): $2,718,093
Private foundation grant funding secured in the past five years for Alaska (approx): $832,000 

Grant Writers on staff and in Alaska
Four grant writers, two in Alaska

Fee Structure
Fixed fee or hourly rate. Custom proposals are created, at no cost, for each client based on their unique needs.  

References
Contact information available upon request
Shirley Marquardt, Executive Director, Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference (SWAMC) 
Robert Venables, Executive Director, Southeast Conference 
Anna Dalton, Director of Grants and Programs, Alaska Conservation Foundation 

For more information on Information Insights – Click Here!

 

Kainah Consulting

Specializes in Tribal funding

Grant Writers on staff and in Alaska
One Grant Writer and administrative Staff

Fee Structure
Hourly Rate

References
City of Klawock
Don Nickerson/Mayor
907-401-1777

Klawock Cooperative Association
Lawrence Armour/Tribal Administrator
907-957-9480

For more information on Kainah Consulting

Raynell Grantcatcher, LLC

Funding Results
$10 million in the last five years for national clients
$800,000 secured for Alaska clients in the last year

Grant Writers on staff and in Alaska
4 grant writers, 2 in Alaska

Fee Structure
Hourly rate or monthly flat rate, TBD based on client

References
Skokomish Indian Tribe (Shelton, Washington)
Mountain View Health Services (Anchorage, AK)
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (Anchorage, AK)

For more information on Raynell Grantcatcher, LLC – Click Here!

 

Solstice Consulting (SolsticeAK) 

Funding Results
Government grant funding secured in the past five years for Alaska (approx): $37 Million
Foundation grant funding secured in the past five years for Alaska (approx): $365,000.00

Grant Writers on staff and in Alaska
2 full-time grant writers, 6 part-time grant writers. All based in Alaska.

Fee Structure
Standard hourly rate, custom quotes provided at no cost.

References
Anna Sattler, Community Liaison, Alaska Village Electric Cooperative
Mike Monterusso, Executive Director, Alaska Botanical Gardens
Gary Hennigh, City of King Cove Administrator

For more information on SolsticeAK – Click Here!

How to Choose the Right Grant and Grant Writer – Presented by The Foraker Group

Grant Writing Resources

Federal Funding Procurement Checklist
LEARNGRANTWRITING.ORG – Link
Free Grant Writing Class: A free course ranked as the #1 free class by The Balance Careers.
Become a Grant Writing Unicorn: How to write a grant that shows many examples from Alaska
Free Audiobook/Podcast on Grant Writing
Instrument – Non-profit resource, but many Federal Grants listed
GRANTS.GOV
USDA – Rural Funding Opportunities

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Outside Evaluation

For projects requiring a significant evaluation component:  If you are applying for a grant where the agency requires an outside evaluator, there are a number of options:

You can also check out the Alaska Evaluation Network for more information about independent evaluators in the state.