The Grant Doctors® is a government grants consulting firm for urban and rural nonprofit (NGO) clients. We specialize in long-term organizational capacity development for NGOs.

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About Us

The Grant Doctors® is a government grants consulting firm for urban and rural nonprofit (NGO) clients. We specialize in long-term organizational capacity development for nonprofits/NGOs and career coaching services for grants professionals. Our team has raised over $200 million and managed $350 million in public funds.

Dave Farley, founder and CEO, is an authority on public funds management, ethics and governance. He has more than 25 years of experience serving local governments, corporations, community-based organizations and governing boards. Dave has worked on over $200 million in public/private projects; successfully managed the regulatory compliance of $185 million in federal and state funds; and secured $22 million for new projects.

We’re experienced with rural and urban clients and organizations of all sizes:

  • Nonprofits/NGOs from 4 – 500+ employees
  • Local governments of 840 – 3,800,000 population
  • LEAs with 670 – 58,000 students

Federal Agency Experience

  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Department of the Interior
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Labor

Let’s get to work!

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Our Services

We specialize in long-term organizational grant capacity development for nonprofits/NGOs.

Organizational Capacity

  • Grant Application Pre-Submission Review and Feedback. $600. Applying for federal grants is a highly competitive process. Let us review your proposal, and provide actionable feedback, before you submit it. We will need a complete version of your application/proposal and the funder’s Request for Application (RFA)/Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). We require at least 72 hours before the grant’s deadline to complete our review. Click here to get started.

  • Federal Grant Management Systems Assessment. $4,500. Federal grants can be overwhelming for new and developing nonprofits. Before you take the plunge, let us review your business and operations systems to see if your organization is ready to manage federal awards. Our engagement includes a deep examination of your nonprofit’s governance; organizational capacity; policies, systems and controls; and external environment through a series of one-on-one interviews with your organization’s leadership and staff. The final product is a strategy deck with our findings, recommendations and action plan. Click here to get started.

  • On-Call Support and Coaching. $5,000 per year. Sometimes, all you need is a person you can call for a quick question, a brainstorming session, an outsider’s opinion or just an ear to bend. We’re here for you. All topics welcome. Everything is fair game: brainstorming new projects and positioning them for potential funding; grant management technical assistance; budgeting advice; policies, procedures and systems assistance; program sustainability and much more. The annual fee assumes assumes a one-hour call per week over 50 weeks (we close the last two weeks of December). A $1,000 retainer is required to begin. Upon receipt, we will send you our consulting agreement for signature–and we’ll get to work. Click here to get started.

If you need help preparing a grant application or conducting a program evaluation, let us know and we will refer you to one of our trusted partners.

How can we help?

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We offer a number of resources designed to increase organizational grant capacity.

Federal Grant Readiness Assessment

Federal grants are an excellent option for nonprofit organizations; they should represent a portion of every nonprofit’s annual revenue. Too often, however, many nonprofits go after federal grants before they have the capacity to manage the awards. Regulations involved with managing federal grants are more complicated than state and local government grants, private/corporate grants and private donations. Without the proper systems to manage federal funds, the consequences for a nonprofit can be severe: wasted funds, theft, audit findings, repayments, suspension, debarment and/or legal action.

Our assessment tool measures a nonprofit organization’s readiness to apply for, and manage, federal grants by looking at 26 indicators of organizational maturity across four major domains: governance; organizational capacity; policies, systems and controls; and external environment. The 26 indicators are scored using a five-point scale: Exceptional (5), Very Good (4), Satisfactory (3), Developing (2), and Beginning (1).

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