Grant applications can be complex and time consuming and competition is fierce. That is why hiring an experienced Bid Writer can make the difference between success and failure. Bid writing is a specialist skill and one that most charities cannot afford to have in-house. Sadly, this means that those charities often miss out on funding as a result. Green Shoots aims to tackle this problem by helping small mission-driven charities get a bigger share of the funding pot through our grant bid writing service. Our fundraising team have extensive experience working as bid writers and while we can’t guarantee you success, no one can, with our help you will improve your chances of a positive outcome and more importantly can concentrate on running your organisation.
How can Green Shoots Support help me write my bid?
We provide a friendly and transparent service: our goal is to get you funding not to profit at your expense. You will be assigned a consultant who will get to know you and your organisation; because we believe the best Bid Writer is one who understand your work and your ethos. We want our consultants to be your equivalent of an in-house team without all the unnecessary expenses of training and supervision.
We offer a transparent and quality grant bid writing service: and if our Bid Writer doesn’t think you will be successful we will be honest with you about your chances. We will help you find the best alternative funder for your proposed project and help you develop a long term funding strategy that will ensure you have the best chance of successfully winning the bid but also in ensuring it is sustainable in the long term. We know how to present your project, and yourself, to funders to strengthen your bid and this is the experience a good Bid Writer brings to your organisation. Our consultants are experienced in their fields and have successfully won grant and tender bids in the past. Freelance bid writers can be found on line but caveat emptor, if the price seems too good to be true that is because it is. Our rates are competitive because we are a social enterprise and our overheads are low so you receive a quality service at freelancer rates.
We also offer a range of bid management services where we take you from project planning and stage 1 outline applications through to full submission and evaluation of the completed project. Our bid writing consultants will guide you through the process and help you to find the information you need to submit the application, develop partnership relationships to deliver the project or service successfully and sustainably.
What experience do Green Shoots Bid Writers have with different grant awarding bodies?
Our bid writing team have worked on successful bids from a variety of funders including BIG lottery , and trusts like Esmée Fairbairn and Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust . The value of these projects range from the hundreds of pounds to the millions. So rest assured that we have the Bid Writer who can ensure your project has the best chance of successfully being funded and a wide range of knowledge of the funding landscape for charities working locally, nationally or internationally.
Can I afford a Bid Writer?
Our are competitive and are set to be as affordable as possible. They are structured so that you can ‘pay-as-you-go’ and can be as involved as you want to be and enjoy control over the bid writing process. We work to your timetable and we don’t demand you pay upfront but instead we regularly invoice against key deliverables. This allows you to monitor the progress of the bid, not charge you for the parts you could easily do yourself and you pay what you can afford, when you can, rather than receive a large bill at the end like other bid writing consultancy services. Of course we are confident you will be happy with our grant bid writing service: we aim to build long-term relationships with the best organisations across the UK and fundraise with them for years to come.
Or if you can’t afford a Bid Writer to write your whole application you can use our grant review service to ‘pay-as-you-go’ and only outsource the sections you do not have the experience in-house to complete. Your bid writing consultant will then review each section of the application as you have written it to ensure there are no errors or omissions.
If you need us to work for a winning bid commission we can, but we like to avoid this where possible. This is because while our Bid Writer might win a large percentage commissions can these can often be a far bigger drain on your free reserves than our extremely competitive fee structure. We will first work with you to explore other methods of raising the money to invest in fundraising such as our merchandising or crowdsourcing services. After all your growth is important to us and you can’t grow if you have no free reserves.
To discuss your funding needs and hire a Green Shoots Consultant Bid Writer contact us today.