Why you should NOT volunteer to gain experience as a grant writer, and what to do instead.
How to find clients with no uncomfortable networking or self-promotion.
How to make your first $15,000 as a freelance grant writer. Then decide to land a new job, seek a promotion, or become a grant writing consultant.
How you can become a grant writing unicorn!
“The Grant Writing Unicorn group has totally changed my life! After closing my business due to imposter syndrome I took this course and by the end I re-launched it and have seen nothing but success ever since. And I attribute much of this success to the mindset change and confidence Meredith and Alex have given me!”
“I am LITERALLY birthing my dreams into the world right now... like we are perhaps 2 steps away from crowning... and it is remarkably exciting, it brings tears to my eyes each step that gets checked off... and it all began with joining From Start to Funded and the support I've received to get out of my own way, confront my weird feelings and do what I am capable of. For this, I'll always be so thankful.”
Here is the transcript created by magical unicorns:
Today we're going to be talking about how you build a career in grant writing without the fear of where to start or how you're going to get experience. You're in the right place if you've been curious about grant writing for a while now, and you're ready to get serious about what that could look like in your life. If you're ready for a career change of any sort. You're looking for something that's very fulfilling and allows you to have some better work-life balance. Or if you are interested in side hustling in order to to launch a full-time grant writing consulting business, or so that you can land a really fulfilling new job, maybe at a nonprofit that you love.
The booty in action bonus that we've got scheduled for the very end of this presentation is a blueprint for how you can get paid grant writing. It's a step-by-step instructional guide on how you can get paid with your first project so that you can be getting paid while you learn. Imagine that there is a competition. There are two women. They're looking for a career change. Whoever makes $50,000 in their first year as a grant writer wins a trip of their dreams.
How would you approach this if this was your competition? Here is our gal, Deborah. Deborah was stuck in this full-time career and it was soul sucking. She actually walked into work one day and without a plan and rather unexpectedly (even to herself), she quit her job. And she was like, “I'm going to go become a grant writer because I want to make a difference. So she did that. She went and got technically trained, but then she didn't quite know how to make that leap to freelance grant writing. It's been six months and she doesn't actually have a real project. She's technically trained but she doesn't feel qualified.
Then we got our girl Joanna. Joanna was working for a nonprofit in Guatemala where she made $6,000 a year working 60 hour weeks. Yeah. So she burned out. But she still loves the organization, loves that type of work and wanted to make a difference. So she got technically trained in grant writing and in how to actually build that into a business. She made her goal to make $20,000 in a year. Well, heck she's already hit that in six months. And now her new goal is hitting 50,000.
She's not even motivated by money. She wants to do things that are fulfilling and speak to her heart. We're in control of our lives. They both were burned out. They both needed change. They just took a different approach. Deborah didn't necessarily have the roadmap. Joanna went all in and took action. We have all been here at some point where we are the Deborah. Right. But what differentiates the Joanna's from the world are those that take action. Which one are you going to choose to be? Joanna?
I'm sure I haven't even introduced myself. So let me make sure that I do that real quick. I'm Meredith Noble. Alex Lustig is my business partner. We are super amped to have you here. We help women that are ready for a career change learn how they can get paid grant writing so they can have more time to build a life that they love. A life that's much more flexible. I'm just going to share my story because I think you might be able to see yourself in it. I graduated in the midst of the economic recession. There were definitely no full-time jobs. So I got pretty creative and I had 40 plus informational interviews.
The interviews led to a job opportunity. A consulting firm wanted to hire me to write a grant and they apologized for paying me only $50 an hour and I'm right out of college! So I'm thinking that I'm literally getting away with robbery. I can't believe that they're paying me this much to write a grant. So I basically had this day job at a call center. It was awful from 6:00 AM to 3:00 PM and then I'd go, you know, have a good snack and then grant write at night. It was a lot of work. It was a tough transition. But three months later that firm offered me a full-time job. And that was the most wildly fulfilling five years.
I won $45 million in grants. I helped others secure another 200 million dollars. And then I grew the grant writing practice in that firm from just myself to 35 plus professionals. And it's still going, even though I've left, which I guess goes to this part. It was a great job but after five years, I just found myself though, like kind of restless. I was ready for change. I'd moved to Alaska at this point. So it's hard to see family cause it's like living in another country. I just needed more control of my schedule. And I was also frustrated by the glass ceiling. I was paid well, don't get me wrong. But I just saw like, if I want to keep challenging myself, I’m going to have to do something different.
If I want to build the life I want to have, then I'm just going to have to go build that thing myself. So I quit my job without much of a plan to start this totally different startup that I had in mind. And I only had $5,000 to do it. So that first year was like amazing but rough. I mean I barely made much money at all. I was kind of just getting on my feet but boy was I stress free. I think I had something like 45 days of traveling that first year and I was able to go home. I grew up on a cattle ranch in Wyoming.
I was able to ski and bicycle. I volunteered and helped with this women's mountain bike event. And then by the second year I finally got my business skills underneath me. And really that was when things started to take off. And all of a sudden I had more work than what I knew to do with, and I'd hired a bunch of students from our program. I even brought on Alex. I'm not a good project manager. Can you please manage all of this? It was great. I mean, it was awesome. We had had a wonderful time, but I found myself being Deborah again, like here I employing really sweet women, I've got this super cool, flexible lifestyle and I literally work when I want, but I am burning out.
So I had a “find yourself trip”... went on a solo bike-packing trip. I came back with a clear head. Alex and I put our heads together and we have got to perfect this system and that is exactly what we did. So we turned it into this three-part system that we call the grant writing unicorn method. We built it to help women get out of the cycle of getting burned out in your career. So you can build a very vibrant career in grant writing and have this life that you love.
We started sharing this methodology with other people. So take for example, Katie. Katie had a drug addiction and she totally turned her life around. I mean, she was scared to even write like a $5,000 grant to be able to give back to her local reentry coalition. Her work was so good that within six weeks they asked her to do a hundred thousand dollar grant and it was complicated. She crushed it, won it. And then a couple months later, we actually were asked to do a grant that we just don't have the expertise in. So I asked if I could hire her as the lead grant writer, which was an over $500,000 super complex federal grant.
She crushed it. Hello. So I asked her: What was your experience like participating in this program? She said, you know, before I started, I really didn't have any goals or plans for the future, but now I have this focus and drive to get where I want.
Take Bonnie for instance. Bonnie was a website developer, totally burned out, decided to become a yoga instructor. Um, but didn't pay well, right? And so she's like, okay, I've got to find something else. So that's how she landed on grant writing. She has started a company called Campaign Bright in Bend, Oregon. She's got the flexibility cause her kids are at home right now. They're taking school. But she also is a daughter that's about to go to college. So this business is now paying for her to send her kid to college while she has that flexibility to be a part of their lives.
Look, there's no sugarcoating. Grant writing is hard work, but if it is a fit for your personality and goals, it can seriously be life-changing. So whatever you consider to be like your stretch goal, like owning that grant writing consulting business, you can get faster there with the grant writing unicorn method. So what are the three big mistakes that we see that are keeping people stuck? Mistake number one: you volunteer your time or think you have to volunteer a bunch of time to gain experience before you think you can get paid to write grants.
As a grant writer, we believe that if we haven't won several grants that we're not qualified to charge for our service because we don't know what we're doing. And then we were like, well, I'll have to volunteer, but I'm already really busy. Cause I'm doing this on the side. Like how long do I volunteer before I start charging? So maybe you remember this quote from Sheryl Sandberg… it said something like women wait until they're 95% qualified for a job before they apply. Whereas men will apply when they meet 60% of the requirements, which when I was doing the research for this, I found out that that statistic is actually quite contested. Like it's probably not rooted in research, but I think we can all agree just anecdotally, like this is a thing, right?
Women chronically feel like we have to be so qualified, even though it's like, you're qualified. Like if you're even watching this you're a smart and intelligent person. Okay. So what happens when we don't reach for our goals…? this is why we have an income pay gap between genders. I mean, I know you're not asking for a private jet. You just want to have a little bit more flexibility, right? Like just a little bit more to kind of have that full rich life that makes you who you are and what you want to be. So what, why do we not push ourselves out of our comfort zone? Imposter syndrome.
Because if you're pushing yourself in a meaningful way and you're growing, you're going to experience it. So I know I feel you because I felt this like to the point, it was almost debilitating when I submitted my first grant. When that company hired me full time and I'd only like freelanced two grants for them. And then they hired me full time and I did a $600,000 grant for a clinic for a tribe. I was so stressed out before that announcement came out, thinking if it isn't successful, like I'm just going to have to quit. Cause they're going to know I'm a fraud and I don't actually have any idea what I'm doing. Thank goodness the grant was successful or else who knows what I would've done it would've missed out on a lot of great life experiences.
So what is the difference between those that embrace imposter syndrome and those that don't? How am I going to get out of this crappy cubicle or whatever? There's a better way. You can get paid to learn the skill of grant writing without the stress of writing a grant.
We teach you how to put together a funding strategy, which is, is a specific methodology where you recommend certain grants to an organization that they should pursue. So you filter all the grants that are out there. You come up with that, those best few that that are in the highest likelihood that they would succeed winning. And that's a huge value right? So when you charge 500 to 1200 dollars to help them figure out what grants to go after, your’re getting the confidence and experience and they're getting a really good deliverable out of this. This can be their roadmap for the next 12 to 18 months.
Do you value something when you pay for it? Yes. And the same goes with whoever you work with. When you approach an organization to say, Hey, can I volunteer to help you write a grant so I can gain some experience? The problem is it's still kind of like a burden to them. Like, yes, you're providing the service, but they feel like, Oh, I'm just like helping you. Cause you're like new and inexperienced. And the relationship shifts when they're paying you to deliver them, that funding strategy. And then all of a sudden, they're way more actively participating in the whole experience is more positive, which actually segues well into Mistake Number Two: which is not getting into grant writing because of the fear that you're going to let someone down at the grant it's not successful. Right? So I get that. You don't want to feel like a failure because you didn't win.
Have you ever had this thought? Yeah, that's fine. I mean, the fact that you're even thinking that is an indication that you're a very good human being and you care and you don't want to let people down. And the struggle is real. I get it. So you want this freedom to make your own schedule, work for yourself, blah, blah, blah. But then if it's just you and you feel like you got to work, manage this all by yourself. Well then you're like, well, my risk tolerance comes down. I can't take on anything too hard if I can't deliver it. But then are you getting challenged? Are you fulfilled? Right. So we feel like we have to do work alone, but here's the deal. The future of work is changing. Few organizations are adapting fast enough to keep really talented people.
And so if you want a different life and you want it now, you have to build it yourself and not wait on someone else to do it for you. And here's the deal. You don't have to go it alone. So yes, the future of work has a lot more independent work, a lot more contractors, but independent does not mean alone. So those that thrive learn how you can assemble into flash teams and our method shows you how you can start forming teams literally right from the beginning, because at its core, I know that you're looking for a meaningful challenge.
So when you accept that job or that client, you've got a community that's behind you and what's cool is like, I want you to, to think forward where it's not just like there's people supporting you. Like you will be hiring future generations of grant writers. You will be bringing people up as much as others are gonna bring you forward. So you're not alone and you're not going to let anyone down. So if that is a mental barrier, I just, I hope I've convinced you to just like not deal with that right now.. Right? Because look, no matter what your goal is, if you want to learn grant writing so that you can land a great job side hustle for some extra income or you want to start a grant writing business, the fastest way to your destination is getting real world experience, which segues into mistake number three: where you do not have a strategy for finding great clients and projects. Most people like they reach out to a few organizations, then maybe they get back to you. Maybe they don't and then you feel stuck and deflated and it just don't really know what to do. Okay. Don't beat yourself up.
There’s a better path forward. Remember when I talked about informational interviews at the beginning? We've refined and really retooled that method and used it in a variety of different ways. And it consistently will help you find opportunities, whether you want to like get a new job or as a consultant, because it just takes the pressure off of like, feeling like you have to go sell yourself. Basically the premise is like you're having a one-on-one conversation with someone that could prospectively be a paid client, but not necessarily like, all you're doing is showing up to have a genuine human curious conversation. And that is differentiating. You're not coming to ask for anything.
You're not coming to get paid. You're just seeing like, is there something that they need help with? And it's great to expand your network. I get that. Like, but now you're probably wondering like, okay, but how does that turn into like the paid gig by asking for nothing, hear me out on this. When you have an informational interview, you show up to do 10% talking, 90% listening. And when you ask great questions, the person you're talking to really feels heard and understood. And what you might discover in that conversation is like, huh, I see an opportunity to do that. I could help them. And then you can offer to put together a funding strategy and we'll show you how.
This strategy is what increases their win rate and like brings down wasted time and effort chasing things. They have no chance of getting in the first place. So it was a really, really cool technique. So it's, we teach it like a funnel. Okay. So you're going to put like the project in the top of the funnel, run it through a database, that's going to spit out a hundred plus grant opportunities, which is like very exciting, but frigging way too much. So then you learn how to filter that down to, okay, these are the top 20 or so that actually we have a good chance of getting they're worth looking at and evaluating more. And then like the one layer deeper is like that final final list. But this is like kind of the overview of how it works. And it is a great deliverable because most organizations just get something in their email saying like, Hey, we have a grant.
We have two tests that we teach. First one is the unicorn client test. So what this means is can you see yourself working with this person or this organization that you just had an informational interview with for five years? And if the answer is not, excuse my language a hell yes. Then the answer is no, you don't want to work with them. Anytime I have compromised on this, it has never worked out.
We life is just too short. And if you want to love this work and you want to really be like, your soul is fed, you gotta find the organizations that pass test number two, which is the up down test.
57% of the workforce by 2027 is going to be freelancing or contracting. So like the world's changing and there is some peace of mind in knowing that if you were unexpectedly fired from your job or whatever, that you can make money if you need to make money. So when you learn how to do this process of like finding work, whether you're side hustling it or leveraging it to then find that next full-time job, like this is a really important tool to have in your back pocket. So that like, no matter what life throws your way, like you can make money. So just to give you an example, when Alex and I decided like, okay, we got to like wind down the consulting practice so we can focus all on building this thing, this grant writing unicorn collective, we basically were like spending more money for three months than we were making.
And you'd be like, wow, that's freaky, right? I was not freaked out because I knew if we failed, we could get $30,000 worth of contracts spun up in six weeks. Like we can do that. And I want you to be able to do the same thing, like having tools that you can pull out of your toolbox and deploy. So I just want you to imagine that you're in Alaska. So let's say this is like you and the blue coat, you're ready to like, make this leap. You want to do something different with your life. The only thing that's in your way is like a bunch of salmon, which you might be able to see. These are literally spawning salmon, um, and a sea lion.
On the other side is like, literally that thing you want that life, you want more flexibility, really fulfilling career, et cetera. You just have to get across this frickin river. So are you the type of person that's like, okay, I want to figure things out my own way. I'm going to do it myself. Or you kind of dig avoiding learning everything the hard way.
And that is what we created with the grant writing unicorn method, three stones to get you from here to tomorrow. So from start to funded is the technical training, then we teach you how to find clients and get paid. And then stone number three is freedom in project management. And remember like, no matter what your goal is, land a job side hustle or start a business. It all starts with getting real world experience.
After you finish the technical training, you are a certified grant writer, boom, and you will receive your certificate. So it's great for you to be able to put this on your LinkedIn profile, put it on your resume. It's just going to boost your credibility and your confidence.
Because here's the deal the longer that you wait, like if you want change the longer you wait, the longer it's going to take to just build that life you want like life transitions do not happen overnight.
Stone number two is how to find clients and get paid. Cause I know that this is one of the things that most freaks you out is like, but how do I find the work? Now, remember, no matter your goal landing a good job, side hustling, or starting a business, the fastest way to whatever your goal is, is getting that real-world experience. And so we teach you how to find that real world experience and get paid to do it. And we encourage you to make $15,000 worth of revenue doing grant writing, like on the side without setting up a business.
And once you've hit that milestone and you're like, no, I really love this. This is me. I want to get into this. Whether you keep it as a side hustle forever, or you grow it into a full-time thing. That's then what we teach. What do you need to set up the business? How do you do payroll? Do you need a website? How do you put together a logo? How much should I charge? How do I invoice all this stuff? Consulting is the easiest and cheapest business that you can start. You need a computer, you need internet and you need someone willing to pay you. And those three things are not very hard to be able to overcome.
So you remember our girl Joanna. So she followed the grant writing unicorn method and she's crushing it. I mean, she's like only a couple of months in and her business is growing super fast. Like she made the leap, she just like believed in herself and did it. And she's actually already hiring fellow unicorns. Anyone can manage a project or two, but what happens when you start to grow and how do you keep yourself from burning out? Right? And that is why we created stone number three, which teaches you how to keep maintaining that freedom that you've just built for yourself by becoming a really freaking good project manager.
Because again, no matter what your goal is, if it's landing a great job, side hustling or starting a consulting business, the fastest, and best way for you to be fulfilled in that work is to be a great project manager. you have to be a good project manager.
How do you manage your own time and energy better? How does this tie into your personal and work life? How do you manage a team, multiple people? How do you schedule tasks realistically? What happens if you don't get the grant? How do you guide project planning? How do you handle it?
So what's the key takeaway. You can build a really wildly fun and fulfilling career in grant writing, and you can do it without the fear of where am I going to find work and how am I going to actually pull off this transition. So here in lies, the big question, we have two different ways to apply this methodology.
Are you going to do it the way that Debra had approached it originally? Or are you going to be like Joanna? If you want something different, you have to drive that change. And so we laid out some stones make getting across the river a lot easier, and it's called the grant writing unicorn collective. So what's in this grant running unicorn collective? Three things, and I'm going to break them down individually. So first is the grant writing unicorn method. So the first three stones of the method are from start to funded finding clients and getting paid, and then freedom in the project management.
We just talked about this, right? You start with, from start to funded. This is your technical training. So this is what show, and it starts with showing you, how do you get paid with your very first project, right? Also teaching you how to find the best grants to pursue putting together a funding strategy, and then, but bam, how to prepare and write grants like a boss, you get every template that you could possibly need that will not take you for freaking ever to build on your own. Like the budget is worth it in itself. Right? So I don't think I've actually put, I have not put all the templates on here because this was kind of getting out of hand. There were so many, but like here's an example of like, we have put a lot of years and a lot of money into building this, these templates to be like really functional and we genuinely use them.
And then remember you get to the tail end of grant writing from start to funded, complete module one through three, you've earned your certificate as a certified grant writer, which is super rad. So then you're like, okay, cool. I love this. I love what I'm doing this business. Like, I want to get into grant writing more. So then, then leap on over to stone, number two, which is finding clients and getting paid. So you will learn how to bootstrap those earnings from start to fund it, to basically grow the business. So like it's a zero debt business, like all cashflow positive. So you find how do I find more incredible clients and projects? And then we show you like exactly what you need to do to build a profitable business. And then that segues into stone number three, which is that like, how do you manage your time beautifully?
How do you keep yourself from burning out? How do you enable, you know, growth in your business, in your career? Right? So those are the first three stones of the grant writing unicorn method. Like these are your core instructional videos, but that's kind of like, that's great. But like, what about the things when you get stuck that are like kind of nuanced and specific, that's where coaching and community come into play. So we have a really rad way of doing delivering coaching. So we have these twice a month coaching calls. So the first call is called the hot seat. And the hot seat is where like, you can submit ahead of time, your grant narrative, or a sample grant budget. And I will audit it live on the group coaching call and people love these. Like, so if you're willing to be vulnerable, like you're going to get one-on-one coaching time and everybody loves learning from each other.
So really valuable session call number two is bring your own situation slash sweet. So the idea behind it is that this is where we kind of more rapidly round Robin. Like, what are you stuck on? What are the issues? What's something that you learned, what's a win. Hence the sweet part, we all still are celebrating, like just celebrating at the end of the month. Like how, how far have we come? Right? Like how much more consulting work did you just close or whatever. Like we're a lot of the magic happens is in this private Facebook community group where you can collaborate, you can ask questions.
Every single question you ask will get answered by a grant writing coach. Share your discoveries, share wins, connect... It's a really powerful place that I can't put a value on. How do you put a value on community it's kind of priceless, right? Which I just grabbed a couple of screenshots to kind of illustrate this. Like I love this quote, the, you know, like I'm not, no, I'm a much more healthy unicorn now that I'm on the range, roaming wild and foraging. And um, you know, I love this crowd provides a healthy, nutrient dense food for, for nurturing wild unicorns into triple crown, thoroughbreds. Like really her writing is so legit. Um, Lauren, you know, Lauren was a, is a T just a burned out teacher and she's like, I gotta do something else. So she just submitted her first application and she's like fired up.
Like, this is me. Like, I am fed by this line of work. Remember Bonnie, I talked about her earlier. Like, she is totally one of the, like, you know, leaders that like you will grow into being, and like she self organizes Hangouts. And like, you literally do you hang out with your coworkers, like maybe you do. But like, that's what I find super rad. It's like, we actually want to be like friends. Like it's such a powerful group. Speaking of like, I love virtual connections, but come on, like real world is where it's at too. Right? So like when travel becomes a thing, like we will be hosting retreats here in Valdez at the geeks in the woods property. This is where Alex and I work remotely so that everyone can actually meet in person and like have a live unicorn retreat because we have had unicorns visit in the past.
And like, it was just super powerful to be like, cool. Like, I know you love to, I know you love an adventure. You want to be outside. You love to read, spend time with family, cook, like whatever it is that brings you joy. Like you can have that as the grant writer, which brings us to the, um, the last part of the collective, which are the get your booty in action bonuses
Um, so first one is a signed copy of my book, how to write a grant and become a grant writing unicorn. And then bonus number two is the quick start guide on how to pay for this program within three months. So obviously I told you, we talk about that in module one, but I'm really big on being very concise and to the point in our instructional videos. And so this goes into a little bit more detail and just really lays out those steps. You get it immediately if you purchase in the next 20 minutes. Okay. Bonus number three is like everybody gets this and it is really awesome deals on grant databases. So we've worked out a deal with instrumental that's the grant database.
We really enjoy where you can get a three-week trial instead of two. And they let our members have a $50 discount, which is rad. And then we're working on a partnership with a second database, and that is in the works as well. And then probably like the sweetest referral is that once you have earned your grant writing certificate and you have completed a funding strategy, so we can verify your quality of work, we will put you on a list of trusted grant writers for hire. So we have a place on our website where people can submit a request to hire a grant writer. And so we like help facilitate some of that matchmaking. And we have some strategic partners that are always looking for really talented grant writers in some really cool fields, really innovative and rad clients. So that value is like 3000, like way plus depending on what you make of it, right?
And the type of niche you want to get into, but really cool perk that we're super stoked to provide. So to recap, and I'm not even factoring in the bonuses, but this program has the online instructional videos, templates for everything coaching that priceless community. And I know you can make $14,000 and pay back this program. I know it, but you can go ahead and thank Alex because she was like, no, we can't charge that much. I want it to be accessible to everybody. And so we've made it like, okay, it's going to be one 10th of that total.
Like obviously we want you chasing your dreams too, but we just tired of seeing like women get underpaid or just like not fully reaching their potential. Even though there are these like wicked strong, like capable geniuses on. So we just really believe in like, if we want something different, we've got to build it ourselves.
One of the most common questions we always get asked is how will I know if I actually like grant writing?
Yep. So there really isn't like a personality test per se, but we have found that there are definitely some common traits. So if you're someone that's very mission and purpose-driven, or you're good at being able to like dig into project work. Like you'd like to dig in really deep on something and then maybe back off and have time for yourself. Um, you might be the type of person that has a hard time turning your mind off and winding down. You're not exactly an eight to five kind of person. Like, you're good with being able to like work late one night. Um, you don't mind that, but you also need your reset time, which is usually for you being in nature, getting outside. You like to read, you like to cook or at least even eat great food, love to travel, love to explore. And if you have an interest in like a lot of things that could be a good indication that you're into grant writing.
Another question we get asked a lot is is this program only for women?
Of course not, men, you're totally welcome. Seriously. We have a handful of guys in the course and we absolutely love their contributions. We just found that generally speaking, the people that are gravitated to this as a career, they generally are women.
What is the time commitment? We know that a lot of you are wicked busy and so we want to address this.
Some people Netflix binge the first, like the technical stuff, module one, two and three. And you can do that in like, I dunno, two settings, like five hours, right. But what we find is like, you want to listen to it a lot of times and then you have to come back to it and then really do the work to get, to kind of get through it. And then like stone two is like, okay, you've, you've done some projects. You've concerned you're into this. Then you can leap into stone two. And then freedom and project management. I mean, project management matters from day one, but I think like the full stickiness of like meaningfulness of that topic does come when you might be six months down the line nine months from now, when you're stuck on something and now, now it like means more to you. Right? So the whole idea is that you don't have to like get through all this content, like get technically trained in grant writing get started, but this is like a year long program for you. So you can really like drive that transition. Don't put all this pressure that you have to like watch everything right away.
So what is our awesome guarantee?
Our guarantee is that so long as you watch module one and two, and then if you still decide to like, wow, this is just really not for me. We need you to let us know within seven days and we'll give you a full refund, just minus the credit card fees.
And how long will I have access?
So you have access for as long as you belong to the membership.
So what if I don't want to just build a business around grant writing?
Totally ok! So a lot of people bring this to us because you probably have some other expertise or interest or skillset. So for example, take Alexis or we've got Anna, they are copy editors, or they are writers first and foremost. So that’s their business. And they're adding grant writing in as a service or take, for example, if you have a lot of fundraising experience or you have experience with nonprofit boards, crate, project development, evaluation, like you can have different areas of expertise and then grant writing just plugs in as part of your offering.
So how much can I make grant writing? Is this a career that I can not only survive on, but actually thrive on?
Yep, totally. So what you make obviously depends on a lot of factors, the type of clients that you choose to work with. Are you doing this as a side hustle? Are you doing it full time? Right. So there's a lot of different things, but what we teach you is how to like, first of all, charge for fair pricing. So we'll teach you how to be charging 50 to $75 per hour, right from the beginning. Then our goal is to get you to the point where you graduate up into being, you know, $150 per hour grant writing consultant or 120 bucks, right? So it's very reasonable in your first year to do like $20,000 in revenue, $25,000.
So is this program good for me if I'm not in the U.S.?
So if you learn how to write a grant here anywhere you can, you can write a grant in Brazil, you write a grant in Australia, in the UK, whatever. Right. The only thing that I will be honest about is that the grant databases that we teach you to use, they are US-based. So what we can do is like, we're happy to work with you to find like, well, what is the database that's in your nation that you can use? And if that doesn't exist, it's fine because you're learning the process for filtering grant opportunities. And when you learn that methodology, you can apply it anywhere.
What if I have absolutely no grant writing experience, but this sounds really exciting.
Totally cool. Over half the people that joined have zero experience, the other like 34, like even 40%, I was like enough, like some experience, right? Like they've done a little bit. Um, and then of course there's like, there's about 10% that are advanced current writers, but maybe they've been really struggling to build their business in a profitable way, which actually might segue into your other question.
Will I still get something from this if I'm an experienced grant writer,
So the technical training is designed for that beginner to intermediate. So you might be like, Oh, I know this stuff, I know this stuff, but even our experienced grant writers have said, they've taken like a lot from this.
Will I receive a grant writing certificate when I finish this program?
We will get you your certificate when you finished module three, which is really rad. So you'll get that and also get a mailed one with the little prize in it.
Why is this membership a 12 month commitment?
Yeah, that's a really good question. Okay. So everything about the grant writing unicorn collective was very intentionally designed and it was based on feedback from our original students. So originally we taught them the technical skills involved in grant writing. But we did not originally show them how you then like, take that skill and apply that to launching your business. Our students came back to us 6, 9 months later with all of these questions. We launched the grant writing unicorn collective to support our students through the whole journey!