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Dr. Barry W. Morris, Grant & Proposal Writing

An experienced proposal writing professional with over 15 years of experience, I’ve trained and managed high-performance teams, traveled extensively across the U.S. managing, writing, and editing statements of qualification and technical proposals for transportation and infrastructure projects $50M – $2B in value.

I now live in Silicon Valley helping local non-profits (NP’s) achieve their funding goals using the skills I’ve developed in the for-profit sector, including writing, editing, and web-based communications. 

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SKILLS I BRING TO YOUR TEAM 

Editing, Revision, & Rewriting

You may have already written a draft. That’s great, I can make it better. I offer a variety of services to transform first and multi-voiced drafts into winning applications that are clear, concise, and responsive to your RFP.

EDITING – Grant applications/proposal editing involves reviewing drafts for both compliance and responsiveness to the funders application. This includes revisions for style, grammar, and overall readability. If the draft doesn’t read well, it will received a lower score or be dropped from consideration.

REVISION – It’s often necessary to revise the organization and structure of a response so that your needs and solutions are properly presented. This includes basic editing (see above) and revision of the overall structure of the section to best position the NP’s/team’s overall solution.

REWRITING – Sometimes, it all needs to be reworked and reimagined. Especially when you have multiple personnel contributing drafts to a section, the differences in writing styles and prose structure can be confusing for a reviewer. This can often lead to a lower score.  

High-Scoring Element: The ability to rewrite multiple-voiced drafts and blend them into one authoritative and solution-oriented style will ensure a higher scoring section.

Important Pre & Post Writing Services

You can’t win with dated information. In order for a successful response to be produced, your case studies, personnel resumes/CV documents, as well as company bios and other standard documents need to be current. You don’t want to arrive at your final review only to learn that incorrect data such as, reference numbers for owner personnel, inaccurate professional references for resumes and C.V.’s, inconsistent project start and/or end dates, construction values, and award listings.

Low-Scoring Element: This results in a mad dash to update records and this reflects poorly on your organization.

Resume/CV Updates & Maintenance

Keeping these crucial files updated year round is critical.  Periodic interviews of key personnel, updates to recent project experience, and even arranging for professional photos to be taken and stored is far more important than most think in achieving high scores.

Client Success Histories

Most funders require specific information related to your past performance and project success. Your success stories and client profiles can go a long way toward building and reinforcing credibility. I can help you create and/or update these critical tools for success.

Case Studies

Case studies can sell your NP’s experience and reputation faster and more efficiently than brochures that cover basic information. I’ll interview interview your successful clients and craft case histories that prove the value of your services.

Independent Application Review

I can conduct a thorough review of your response according to your funder’s criteria. Sometimes your team, despite their expertise and dedication, can be too close to the document. This leads to a false confidence and the tendency to overlook effective differentiators, compliance and responsiveness.

Do you have other proposal documentation needs? Get in touch with me today.

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