Government Grants

Assistance for Faculty & Staff Seeking Government Grants

Writing a state or federal grant proposal to a government agency that is both competitive and compelling can be a challenging task. On one hand, federal and state agencies may have considerable resources to fund worthy projects; the National Institutes of Health, for instance, is one of the biggest grant-making agencies in the USA, spending tens of billions of dollars a year. On the other hand, these are the same sources attract many applicants, resulting in the agencies being asked for many times the amount of money they actually have available. How can you make your proposal part of the cream that rises to the top of the application pile?

WesternU wants to help you compete and thereby increase the University’s resources and reputation. If you are interested in pursuing a grant from a government agency, contact Ralph Norton. We want to help you understand what an agency’s guidelines mean and what they are looking for, how to brainstorm your project to see if it’s a match, how to craft your proposal so that it is well-structured, flows well and is (at least relatively!) easy to read, answers the questions asked, with little redundancy or wasted space. Our Senior Grant Writer has been helping university faculty and staff obtain funding for over 20 years, and he can help you back a lot of information into those tight page limitations, while also keeping your text effective and focused on what the agency wants to fund. He is fluent in “grantese,” and frequently offers ideas that can make your proposal stronger and more competitive, as well as improving your writing and presentation of your proposal.

The Senior Grant Writer is available to help all WesternU faculty and staff [but he does give a priority to two of our colleges]. If you have a project, or would just like to get more information about his services or grant writing in general, contact: Ralph Norton.