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Frequently Asked Questions

While we don’t offer any free one-on-one services, we do post a lot of helpful articles and resources on our blog and Facebook page. We also send out a free weekly email that includes 3 health or social service grants. 

01. Do you offer any free services?

 Yes. We offer free one-hour training classes on a variety of topics in the Savannah area. Please call us at 912-856-5597 or submit information on our contact form to find out more. We will also be releasing free online training courses in 2020. Subscribe to our regular updates so you’re the first to know when the free courses are released.

02. DO YOU OFFER ANY FREE TRAINING?

We understand that funds are often limited. If your organization would like assistance but doesn’t have the funds to pay for one-on-one services, we recommend a half- or full-day training to build your staff, volunteer, and board capacity. You can also split the cost of training with other nonprofits in your area. If you’d like to learn more about either of these options, email us or submit your information on our contact page.

03. WE’D LIKE TO WORK WITH YOU BUT HAVE A LIMITED BUDGET. WHAT SERVICES WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?

Of course! For one-time services, we break up payments across the time period in which the service will be provided. For ongoing services, payments are made on a monthly basis. 

04. CAN WE SET UP A PAYMENT PLAN FOR SERVICES?

We help new nonprofits develop their programs/services and establish a plan for evaluating their work. We also help new nonprofits find grants and will train their staff, volunteers, or board members on how to find and write grants. We do not write grants for nonprofits that have been established for less than 2 years or for any nonprofit that is not grant ready

05. WHAT SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE FOR NEW NONPROFITS?

Our services and trainings are designed for health and social service nonprofits. Most of our articles and free resources are applicable to any type of nonprofit. 

06. WHAT TYPES OF NONPROFITS DO YOU WORK WITH?

Most of our clients are nonprofits, but we do provide some services for for-profit businesses in the health, health care, and social service fields. Some services we provide for for-profit businesses include writing/editing bids, developing programs or services, developing training programs or manuals, and customer/client surveys or focus groups. We do not typically find or write grants for for-profit businesses.

07. DO YOU WORK WITH ORGANIZATIONS OTHER THAN NONPROFITS?

No. Upstream Consulting complies with the ethical standards set forth by the Grant Professionals Association. Therefore, we will not accept a percentage of a grant award as compensation for grant writing or any services related to grant submission. Payment for grant writing services must be paid in advance of proposal submission.

08. CAN WE PAY YOU ONCE WE GET THE GRANT?

No. There is no guarantee that a grant we write or edit will be awarded. There are many factors outside of our control that influence a grant funder’s decision to award your organization a grant. These factors include the history of the organization, availability of grant funds, number of applications received, and many other factors. We make every effort to give your organization the best chance possible of winning grants by focusing on the grants that are the best fit for you and by preparing strong grant proposals and application materials. All our work is meticulously reviewed and aligned with grant writing best practices. 

09. ARE WE GUARANTEED TO WIN A GRANT IF WE WORK WITH YOU? 

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