Below you will find the answers to the most frequently asked questions.

What is the typical grant funding process?

You are interested in grant funding but don't know what to do next.

Here is our process:

  1. Contact us to describe the grant program at which you are looking to apply, the project you are trying to fund, and the anticipated deadline(s) of the grant program.
  2. We will study the requirements of the program, provide an estimated cost quote and send a non-disclosure agreement/contract with timelines and milestones.
  3. When this document has been signed by the client, work will begin.
  4. In general, clients will receive updated drafts, responses or feedback within three days of any new information from the client.
  5. Before submission, a final copy will be provided to the client for their signed approval (even if the grant is submitted electronically). This ensures the correct version of the document is submitted to the funding agency.
  6. Shortly after the submission is complete, a CD with the electronic copy of the proposal and all associated documents and a printed copy of the full proposal with attachments and forms will be sent to the client. An invoice will accompany this information.

If you have any further questions about the process or the details involved, please feel free to contact us.

Can I hire Assel Consulting for a percentage of the grants awarded?

Commissions are considered unethical by almost all professional organizations and funders. Many grantmakers will not fund your organization if they find out you pay consultants on this basis.

Also, there are a number of elements out of the grant writers control when it comes to how successful a proposal will be. Among these are:

  • The strenght of the project: its feasibility, whether it meets a clear community need, and whether it has a well-planned budget
  • How well the project fits the funder's interests
  • The applying institution's reputation, track record and financial history
  • Relationships: how well the funder knows and trusts the non-profit's board and staff
  • Competition: how many other requests the funder has received, and from whom
  • Funds and Timing: how much money the funder has available in this cycle

If you want to make sure that you hire a grant writer who is likely to successful, check the track record. Check our 2010 record here.

For more information about commissions in grant writing, visit

I want to or have just started a non-profit organization. I am interested in writing a grant for start up funding.

As a general rule, funders typically do not award grants to brand new non-profit organizations. Funders are interested in a track record of effective programs and solid individual donor support. The best solution is to utilize individual funding first, establish your programs, collect solid data on the effectiveness of your programs with your propulation, then look into applying for one or more grants. 

I would like to know about researching and writing a grant to start a business.

Funders do not award grants to people wanting to start a business. Funders are interested in a track record of effective programs and solid finances. The Small Business Administration and local banks provide loans to those with solid business plans to start a business.

While there are some grants available to small businesses, these grants are for research only.  These grants require the applicant to provide their successful research history as well as how they plan to conduct their research using the grant funds.  These funds are not for running a business.