Since 2008 I have been immersed in all things grants supporting organisations, large and small, state-based and national, in the planning and execution of their grants program across diverse sectors: health; aged care; environment; the arts; disability; social welfare; homelessness and animal welfare.
Part of the Strategic Grants’ team as State Manager for VIC, TAS and SA, from 2015 to 2019, I worked with a diverse portfolio of organisations helping them to develop and manage successful grant-seeking strategies through writing, training and advisory services. Key clients I worked with at Strategic Grants include Baptcare, MS Ltd, The Royal Flying Doctor Service, The Nature Conservancy, Guide Dogs and Assistance Dogs Australia.
From being a key contributor to numerous successful proposals ranging from $5,000 to $1m, coaching a grassroots organisation to secure their first grant from Perpetual, helping secure multi-year funding for a Community Care organization, and significantly boosting the success rate of an animal assistance charity, my practice is informed by extensive experience and deep insight.
I build strong client relationships, with deep listening to identify needs, and work hand in hand to help meet your grant-seeking goals. I have delivered grants upskilling workshops across Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide and Sydney, receiving consistently excellent feedback, and have coached individuals to build skills and confidence in grant writing, strategy and know-how. For me, grant-seeking is like any art, the more your practise, the more you master it, and the better the results.
“I build strong client relationships, with deep listening to identify needs, and work hand in hand to help meet your grant-seeking goals.”
My not-for-profit carer began over 20 years ago when I moved from international publishing to fundraising in 1997, and from London to Oxford, where I was Fundraising Manager for the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust. I migrated to Australia in 2004, and my first role was with Plan Australia, where I significantly increased income from major donor and philanthropic trust activities.
I’m very much a people person, and well known for bringing my sense of humour, warmth, approachability and empathy to meeting the challenges inherent in the competitive world of grant-seeking. I work successfully with multiple stakeholders and diverse perspectives to make sure your grant-seeking is on track to succeed.
Never bored, I enjoy home-making, creative writing and storytelling, and get my best ideas walking my beloved dog Bertie on the beach or stretching in the Pilates studio. Soul food, for me, comes from being in nature or immersed in the arts.