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The world needs you to step forward as a grant writer and lead with confidence. I’ll teach you how. Welcome to the Grant Writing Simplified podcast where you’ll learn how to scale your income AND impact through grant writing and nonprofit consulting.

I’m Teresa Huff, former special ed teacher turned grant writer and nonprofit strategist. I’m here to mentor freelancers and nonprofit leaders like you who are ready for a fulfilling, flexible career while leveraging your skills, growing your earning potential, AND making a big impact on the world around you. I’ll teach you the strategies I’ve used to help nonprofits triple their funding. Let’s work together to change your world!

Grant Writing Simplified Teresa Huff

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The world needs you to step forward as a grant writer and lead with confidence. I’ll teach you how. Welcome to the Grant Writing Simplified podcast where you’ll learn how to scale your income AND impact through grant writing and nonprofit consulting.

I’m Teresa Huff, former special ed teacher turned grant writer and nonprofit strategist. I’m here to mentor freelancers and nonprofit leaders like you who are ready for a fulfilling, flexible career while leveraging your skills, growing your earning potential, AND making a big impact on the world around you. I’ll teach you the strategies I’ve used to help nonprofits triple their funding. Let’s work together to change your world!

    Make Your Startup Nonprofit Lean, Impactful, and Financially Stable - Interview with Katherine Kreuchauf, On Point Philanthropy

    Make Your Startup Nonprofit Lean, Impactful, and Financially Stable - Interview with Katherine Kreuchauf, On Point Philanthropy

    Meet me in...Delaware! Grab your tickets for my TEDx Talk in October!
    Remember Your Mission and Put In the Work In this episode we talk with Katherine Kreuchauf about Lean Nonprofit Startups. What does that mean exactly? We learn that a successful nonprofit requires not only a heart for a cause, but thoughtful action, quick adjustments, and valuable investments. Katherine shares so many wonderful pieces of advice for how to focus on your mission and be successful in making a lasting impact. We cover:
    Should you start a nonprofit? The value of pivoting What it looks like to be a lean nonprofit Picking the right board members 5 skills a nonprofit needs Challenge Question: What’s one tip from Kathy that you can begin implementing in your nonprofit this week? I'd love to hear it! Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message. And if you need more support, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer already and let's get you moving!
    If you enjoyed this episode, you can book a 1:1 strategy session with me at teresahuff.com/mentor. The world needs you out there making a difference!
    Meet Katherine Kreuchauf An award winning professional in philanthropy, Katherine Kreuchauf focuses on supporting nonprofit and foundation leaders and continues her commitment to strengthening nonprofit boards, fundraising, and effective programming. Before forming OnPoint Philanthropic Consulting, she led The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation for 12 years. Prior to that she headed a local United Way for 11 years as well as a health-related nonprofit organization.
    Connect with Katherine:
    www.onpointphilanthropy.com - Check out the webinar on her Resources page
    Free Audit: How Grant-Ready Is Your Nonprofit? Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to help your nonprofit apply for grants? Go through the free audit and I'll help you sort out the next steps for your organization.

    Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:
    If you’re ready to explore a career in grant writing, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.
    If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.
     

    Resources Mentioned: Book: Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability by Jeanne Bell  BoardSource  Wondering how to find grants and keep up with all the applications? Check out Instrumentl! It's a robust grant search, tracking, and project management tool. Go to teresahuff.com/instrumentl and use the code GWSPOD for a free two-week trial AND $50 off your first month Connect with Teresa Huff:
    Website: www.teresahuff.com
    Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?
    Social:
    LinkedIn Community LinkedIn Instagram Pinterest Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 
    www.teresahuff.com/vip

    • 1 hr
    How Multiple Types of Fundraising Will Help Your Nonprofit

    How Multiple Types of Fundraising Will Help Your Nonprofit

    Big Announcement for Q4! In the last episode, I hinted that I’ve got some awesome things coming up this fall in Q4. 2022 is far from over, and I’m committing to some big steps this year! 
    I’m heading to Wilmington, Delaware, to give a TEDx talk in October! AND you’re invited to join me live! Grab your tickets here and send me a message that you’re coming. I’d love to have some friends in the seats.
    How a Nonprofit Can Become Grant Ready I often talk about the importance of grant readiness and how nonprofits need to have specific things in place before they apply for grants. You can learn more about this way back in Episode 6 where I walk you through some foundational pieces. This is so important that I created a free Grant Readiness Audit for you at teresahuff.com/grantready.
    One of the big pieces of becoming grant ready is making sure you have several sources of funding in place. You can’t live from grant to grant - that’s not a sustainable funding strategy.
    In Episode 34 I talked through a TON of different fundraising ideas - over 60! - to help trigger some creative thinking. Now this list is not intended to overwhelm you and your team! The last thing you want to do is go out and try to tackle all of them at once! Pick one, master it, reevaluate, and go from there.
    Advice from the Experts Because grants can’t be the only answer to nonprofit funding, I’ve rounded up some experts to help you. 
    You’ll want to bring your pen and notebook over the next few episodes!
    I wanted to pop in today to give you a heads up about what’s coming up the next few weeks. This would be a great time to go back and listen to the other episodes I mentioned, Episode 6 and 34, so you can come into the next couple of conversations with a bit of background. It’s also a great time to be thinking through your upcoming fundraising strategy as we head into Q4 and start planning for next year.
    Challenge Question: What big steps are you commiting to so you can end 2022 strong? 
    If you need help, book a 1:1 strategy session with me at teresahuff.com/mentor. The world needs you out there making a difference!
    Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message. And if you need more support, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer already and let's get you moving!
    Free Audit: How Grant-Ready Is Your Nonprofit? Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to help your nonprofit apply for grants? Go through the free audit and I'll help you sort out the next steps for your organization.

    Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:
    If you’re ready to explore a career in grant writing, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.
    If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.
     

    Resources Mentioned: Come to my live TEDx Talk in Wilmington, Delaware! Tickets are here Episode 6: Grant Readiness: How to Build the Foundation for Successful Grant Writing Episode 34: 60+ Fundraising Ideas and 9 Questions to Help You Choose Wondering how to find grants and keep up with all the applications? Check out Instrumentl! It's a robust grant search, tracking, and project management tool. Go to teresahuff.com/instrumentl and use the code GWSPOD for a free two-week trial AND $50 off your first month Connect with Teresa Huff:
    Website: www.teresahuff.com
    Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?
    Social:
    LinkedIn Community LinkedIn Instagram Pinterest Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 
    www.teresahuff.com/vip

    • 9 min
    On-Air Strategy Call: How Your Skillset Can Transfer to Grant Writing

    On-Air Strategy Call: How Your Skillset Can Transfer to Grant Writing

    Join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer today: www.teresahuff.com/vip
    Recognize How To Use Your Skillset To Start A Grant Writing Business This week is an on-air strategy call, one of my favorite ways to coach grant writers! I'm chatting with Lori Smith, a former special education teacher like me. We have a lot in common and I understand the types of work she's been doing already.
    In this episode we're talking about how Lori's skillset as a special ed teacher can transfer to grant writing. I encourage her to think about:
    What skills do you currently have that transfer to grant writing? Recognize the constraints in grant writing and nonprofit organizations Constraints are a good challenge to allow you to think more creatively and to help contain and define the work in grant writing How to maximize your impact as a grant writer Strengths beneficial in grant writing and nonprofits: writing, problem-solving, scheduling, flexibility and adaptability, positivity, compassion, patience Generate ideas easily and brainstorm How Can You Get Started as a Grant Writer? Lori and I cover several proactive steps she can do to make the transition into grant writing, such as:
    Recognize what you already know and what resources are available to you. Consider your network, both online and offline. Leverage your connections in your community. The best source of clients is word of mouth. Your experience will draw clients in.  Listen in to hear more about Lori's story and see how you can apply the strategies to your grant writing career!
     
    Challenge Question: What skillset do you have that would be helpful in grant writing or in a nonprofit?  Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message. And if you need more support, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer already and let's get you moving!
    If you enjoyed this episode, you can book a 1:1 strategy session with me at teresahuff.com/mentor. The world needs you out there making a difference!

    Free Audit: How Grant-Ready Is Your Nonprofit? Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to help your nonprofit apply for grants? Go through the free audit and I'll help you sort out the next steps for your organization.

    Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:
    If you’re ready to explore a career in grant writing, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.
    If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.


    Resources Mentioned: NIO Summit: www.niosummit.com - Use the code ICTH22 to get $400 off your 2022 ticket! Episodes 43-36: FAST Focus Power Series Wondering how to find grants and keep up with all the applications? Check out Instrumentl! It's a robust grant search, tracking, and project management tool. Go to teresahuff.com/instrumentl and use the code GWSPOD for a free two-week trial AND $50 off your first month Connect with Teresa Huff:
    Website: www.teresahuff.com
    Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?
    Social:
    LinkedIn Community LinkedIn Instagram Pinterest Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 
    www.teresahuff.com/vip

    • 42 min
    How to Build a Winning Grant Writing Business: Interview with Holly Rustick, Grant Writing and Funding Podcast

    How to Build a Winning Grant Writing Business: Interview with Holly Rustick, Grant Writing and Funding Podcast

    Join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: www.teresahuff.com/vip
    Two Grant Writing Pros Talk Shop Today I'm excited to host my podcasting friend and grant writing coach Holly Rustick. Holly brings a wealth of experience from her longtime career in grant writing and consulting.
    Holly and I talk about common mistakes we've seen over the years, struggles we've experienced, and several ways nonprofits can position themselves more competitively for grant funding. 
    Tips for Building Your Successful Grant Writing Business
    In addition, we both understand the challenge of pricing your services and setting up your consulting business. We talk about:
    How to think through pricing your services as a grant writing consultant Factoring in expenses and profit margin Taking your experience into account Building confidence in your pricing Setting boundaries, saying yes, and saying no Holly also has some great encouragement for new grant writers who are wondering if there's room at the table for you. Short answer: YES! Yes, there is plenty of room. She urges collaboration with others while finding your own unique approach. 
    Challenge Question: What surprised you about this conversation? How will you incorporate our tips into your grant writing? I'd love to hear it! Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message. And if you need more support, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer already and let's get you moving!
    If you enjoyed this episode, you can book a 1:1 strategy session with me at teresahuff.com/mentor. The world needs you out there making a difference!
    Meet Holly Rustick World-renowned grant writing expert and Amazon bestselling author Holly Rustick loves to coach others to enhance their grant writing and business skills. She coaches thousands of people every week through her top-ranking podcast, Grant Writing & Funding, books on grant writing, and via the Hub Haven on how to take actionable bite-sized steps in grant writing and entrepreneurship.
    While teaching in Kuwait and then earning a Master’s Degree in International Political Economy in Belgium, Holly saw the light of setting up a virtual-based business in grant writing back in the mid-2000s. Having secured millions of dollars for nonprofit organizations around the world throughout the past 16+ years, Holly has a mission to train other grant writers to create a multiplier effect in raising an exponential amount of money for nonprofits all over the world.
    As an unapologetic feminist, Holly believes her work - whether it is securing funding to advance the mission of nonprofits, coaching a female entrepreneur to understand value-based pricing, or writing a rom-com novel that stars the heroine as a renegade – inspires women to radiate in their full potential. 
    To amplify this work, she is past-president of the Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce and currently sits on the Guam Business Advisory Task Force as an advisor to the first female governor of Guam. Holly lives on the island of Guam with her beautiful daughter, Isabella. 
    If you are interested in advancing your grant writing skills or transitioning into freelance grant writing, be sure to check out Holly’s articles, books, and podcasts at www.grantwritingandfunding.com.

    Free Audit: How Grant-Ready Is Your Nonprofit? Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to help your nonprofit apply for grants? Go through the free audit and I'll help you sort out the next steps for your organization.

    Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:
    If you’re ready to explore a career in grant writing, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.
    If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.

    • 53 min
    Top 10 Questions About My Grant Writing Career: Celebrating Episode 100 with Teresa Huff

    Top 10 Questions About My Grant Writing Career: Celebrating Episode 100 with Teresa Huff

    Celebrate 100 Episodes with Me! Today I'm thrilled to hit a big podcasting milestone - 100 episodes! Will you help me celebrate by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts? Together we can help others find the resources they need to change the world!
    Want to Meet Up in Kansas City? Join me at the NIO Summit on September 20-23, 2022, and use the code ICTH22 to get a whopping $400 off your ticket!! Sign up here and I'll see you there!
    Top 10 Random Questions About My Grant Writing Career


    A few weeks ago, I sat down and brainstormed a list of 10 random questions I thought you might enjoy hearing about. Then I promptly forgot about the list, so this episode gives you my off-the-cuff, unrehearsed answers!
    I'll share things like:
    Weirdest grant application I've written Strangest client situation Most random grant request Biggest grant loss The office supply I can't live without What I like most about grant writing The biggest plot twist in my grant writing journey My favorite ways to unwind on an average day A couple of things I despise most Biggest lesson I've learned along the way Challenge Question: What's been the most valuable lesson so far in your career? I'd love to hear it! Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message. And if you need more support, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer and let's get you moving!
    If you enjoyed this episode, you can book a 1:1 strategy session with me at teresahuff.com/mentor. The world needs you out there making a difference!
    Free Audit: How Grant-Ready Is Your Nonprofit? Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to help your nonprofit apply for grants? Go through the free audit and I'll help you sort out the next steps for your organization.

    Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:
    If you’re ready to explore a career in grant writing, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.
    If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.
     

    Resources Mentioned: Wondering how to find grants and keep up with all the applications? Check out Instrumentl! It's a robust grant search, tracking, and project management tool. Go to teresahuff.com/instrumentl and use the code GWSPOD for a free two-week trial AND $50 off your first month Connect with Teresa Huff:
    Website: www.teresahuff.com
    Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?
    Social:
    LinkedIn Community LinkedIn Instagram Pinterest Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 
    www.teresahuff.com/vip

    • 16 min
    Ask the Obvious: 5 Questions for Better Grant Writing

    Ask the Obvious: 5 Questions for Better Grant Writing

    Join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: www.teresahuff.com/vip.
    How Can You Improve Your Grant Writing? Sometimes the best answer to that question is to ask the obvious.
    Oftentimes we think we're perfectly clear, but are we really?
    The past few episodes we've been talking about the importance of clarity - in our work, our messaging, our communications, and especially our grant writing. That then becomes the catalyst for becoming more effective.
    With a grant application, for example, ask yourself, "Is this clear enough that my mom could understand it?" If not, you might need to revisit how you're presenting the information.
    Be Brave Enough to Ask Better Questions If we ask ourselves better questions, we get better answers. Today I want to challenge you with 5 questions to dig down and help uncover important insights:
    What are we doing well? What’s clear? What’s unclear? What can be improved? What are we afraid to ask/afraid to find out? Then give yourself space to listen and look for connections. 
    Challenge Question: What obvious questions do you need to ask? 
    If you need help asking the questions, book a 1:1 strategy session with me at teresahuff.com/mentor. The world needs you out there making a difference!
    Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message. And if you need more support, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer already and let's get you moving!
    Free Audit: How Grant-Ready Is Your Nonprofit? Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to help your nonprofit apply for grants? Go through the free audit and I'll help you sort out the next steps for your organization.

    Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:
    If you’re ready to explore a career in grant writing, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.
    If you're ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.


    Resources Mentioned: Episode 95: 5 Tips to Improve Your Grant Writing Clarity  Episode 96: Strategy Call: Gaining Clarity for a Nonprofit's Next Steps Episode 97: Master of One: The Role of Excellence in Our Work Wondering how to find grants and keep up with all the applications? Check out Instrumentl! It's a robust grant search, tracking, and project management tool. Go to teresahuff.com/instrumentl and use the code GWSPOD for a free two-week trial AND $50 off your first month Connect with Teresa Huff:
    Website: www.teresahuff.com
    Take the Quiz: Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?
    Social:
    LinkedIn Community LinkedIn Instagram Pinterest Get on the Fast Track to Grant Writer: 
    www.teresahuff.com/vip

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

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12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Tom_Pagnozzi ,

Incredibly Helpful

This podcast is incredibly helpful for aspiring grant writers like myself with practical industry insight and grant writing advice.

moreskinnydays ,

Concise, helpful, and well edited

Last week I decide I wanted to get into grant writing. There are so many books available and so much information on the web I wondered, “Where do I start?” I started with this podcast yesterday and I am so glad I did! I listened to several of Teresa’s episodes during a bike ride. When I listen to a podcast for professional enrichment, I want it to be direct and precise, and Teresa’s podcast is exactly that, without being too dry. The topics are specific and relevant without being repetitive.

Much like Teresa specifies in grants that writing must be concise, the podcast is too. Some are 15 minutes long and I appreciate that she knows she can cover the topic in a short period of time without feeling pressure to extend them to an arbitrary length, like an hour. They are also well-edited—no coffee slurping or pregnant pauses. The very first episode is useful without a lot of fluffy pretense that leaves you asking “Can you get on with it already?” Teresa speaks clearly and professionally. I can just feel her efficiency and effectiveness coming through!

Circle Maker 378 ,

Ashley McMichael-Founder of Innovative Academy

I had the privilege of working with Teresa on a very large project and it was the most pleasant paid service I’ve had since I have been business. She’s an amazing at helping you think think through your solution or project. She also pushes and believes in her clients. As usual the strategy session for the podcast was amazing and thought provoking. When I leave, I have to hurry and write things down because she always cultivates my creativeness. In all, I will be working with Teresa for the long haul. She’s definitely a keeper.

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