Why Do Non-Profits Need a Part-Time Grants Office?


For many nonprofits, particularly small and medium-sized ones where grant proposals and administration aren't core competencies, locally outsourcing these functions is a highly effective strategy.  For instance:

  • Your organization needs a grant writer and administration but can’t afford to hire one.
  • You need these functions, but not on a full-time basis.
  • You need to strengthen your grant-related administrative and financial duties; for example, having someone other than the person who handles your money account for it.
  • You’re having problems raising the necessary funds to sustain and grow your organization.
  • Your key grants person is learning on the job and needs some help to take your organization to the next level.
  • Your organization is growing, but you can only afford to hire new employees to raise funds or deliver services – not to do grant writing.
  • You need to put your scarce resources into programs and services rather than additional HR costs and employee benefits.
  • You have to make very difficult decisions in the current economic climate about how and where to cut back, but you still need to raise revenues through alternative means. 

Wouldn’t it be great to bring someone on board to provide these services only at the times you need them? To handle the grant writing and administration so you don’t have to? To give you the support, information and time so you can focus your energies on the things that you do best?

Outsourcing your grants functions is a simple, economical solution that makes sense. Actually, “outsourcing” may be a misnomer: it implies sending your work out. At Advocates for Public Art we think of ourselves as “in-sources” – we come to you. Our Philadelphia-based staff can come to your site on short notice, interacting with your people, available to answer your questions, on your schedule.  We tailor our services to meet your needs and time frame. From coming to your office one day a month to several days a week, we’re there for you – and with you. You’ll quickly come to think of us as your part time Grants Office (www.YourGrantsOffice.com).