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Nonprofit firms are growing twice as fast as more traditional companies and are staying in business longer.

If your passion is helping others, you can start a nonprofit organization and avoid expensive legal fees. Getting a nonprofit agency up and running is not as difficult as you may think.

Here is a checklist of commonly asked questions:


    Can the grant preparation fee be included in the grant?

In most cases, grant preparation costs or fees cannot be paid from a grant. All grant monies are to be used for your project.  Unless, such costs are included as eligible cost items in the RFP budget instructions and your budget request. Thus, proposing to trade grant writing services for a percentage of grant funds is generally unethical and/or illegal. Grant preparation costs and fees are usually paid from other agency resources, such as individual donations, reserves, indirect cost recovery, etc.

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     I am thinking about setting up a nonprofit corporation. When

     should I start looking for grants?  

You must submit an application to the IRS and receive a determination letter of tax exemption under section 501(C) (3) of the tax code.  Once that application has been sent and you have received an acknowledgement letter from the IRS, you can begin the process of looking for or sending queries for grants.

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     Does Polish Inc, offer grant writing seminars?

Yes, Polish Inc., does offer grant writing seminars. Unless you are an accomplished writer, a grant writing seminar will be of use in learning to secure grants for your organization. Grant writing is a highly specialized form of technical writing that takes exceptional writing skills, the ability to write under extreme deadline pressure, and an understanding of human service delivery. Such skills can be developed, but not in a day or two. One way to learn to become a grant writer is by writing many proposals. So, if you want to get started consider taking our grant workshops that are offered twice a year

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    Can polish Inc. write for individuals and for-profit businesses?


Yes, Polish Inc. is a business and nonprofit consulting agency.  Business plans, proposals and bids are a part of the services we offer on a case by case basis.

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     Does Polish Inc. calculate a grant writing "success" rate?

Polish Inc., has discontinued attempts to calculate rate of funded grants for several reasons. First, we work for a variety of public and nonprofit agencies, large and small, old and new. This means that some have strong track records with funders, while others are attempting to enter new service areas. Additionally, we do not screen clients for their funding "potential." Rather, we generally will accept any assignment, provided that we have the capacity to meet the deadline and the applicant is eligible. Finally, our clients often do not tell us when they are funded. Funding decisions depend on many variables, such as the number of applications submitted, mood of the reviewers, geographic and political considerations and many other factors not easily identifiable. However, the more high quality proposals you submit for different programs, the more grants you are likely to receive. Also, as you get proposals funded, funders are more likely to give you grants. Over time, you should achieve a 25% - 50% success rate. If less than 25% of your proposals are being funded, you're probably doing something wrong (e.g., incomplete application packages, ineligible applicant, etc.).

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      Does Polish Inc.  hire independent contractor grant writers?


From time to time, Polish Inc. does use independent contractor grant writers. However, unless there is a specific notice on our web site, we do not have a need for additional contract personnel. We do not read or review unsolicited resumes, writing samples, etc.

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     How much will a grant proposal cost to prepare and does the

     amount being requested impact the fee?


Polish Inc.ís fee for most individual grant writing assignments ranges from $1,000 - $7,500 with the average fee being about $1,500. Our fees are based on the complexity of the RFP and the amount of time we have to complete the assignment. A "normal" time frame is about four - six weeks to complete an assignment. In most cases, shorter turnarounds will result in a higher fee. Fees are never based on the amount being requested, because we do not work for contingent fees.

If you are looking for a lower-cost alternative for editing/writing assignments, please contact our affiliated company, Paper Work, Inc. at 704-333-1691, ask for Rosalyn Meaders.

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     Does Polish Inc. have a special relationship with funders?


Polish Inc. does not have a special relationships with funders and never attempts to influence funding decisions through lobbying efforts. Funders typically do not know about our involvement and we are transparent in the proposal development process. Our goal is to prepare high quality, technically correct proposals enabling our clients to be considered for funding.  More importantly, the relationship should be developed between the funder and you.

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     Does Polish Inc. provide a discount for nonprofit organizations or

     do you ever donate your services for a good cause?


Polish Inc.'s fees are quoted at a reduced rate for non-profits, since they make up a large percentage of our client pool. All of our clients have good causes, but we normally do not donate our services.

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     I'm confused by the many acronyms in grant writing. What do

     they mean?

The world of grant writing is filled with acronyms. Here are some common ones: LEA (local education agency, e.g. school district); SEA (state education agency), IHE (institution of higher education, e.g. college/university); RFP (request for proposals); RFA (request for funding assistance); SGA (solicitation for grant assistance); NOFA (notice of funding availability); HUD (Dept. of Housing and Urban Development); CDBG (Community Development Block Grant Program); CSBG (Community Services Block Grant Program); EDA (Economic Development Administration); EDR (Economic Development Representative); EPA (Environmental Protection Agency); DHHS (Department of Health and Human Services); SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration); GFA (Guidance for Applicants); PA (Program Announcement); OJJDP (Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; COPS (Community Oriented Police Services); CBO (community-based organization); FBO (faith-based organization); FY (fiscal year); TEA-21 (Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century); UPARR (Urban Parks and Recreation Recovery) and on and on.

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