I get this question a lot. What exactly do you do?
The short answer is Grant Writing and Government Relations. We specialize in CFA submissions. (to learn more about the REDC and the CFA see our previous blog posts). But we also submit on behalf of clients for federal government, corporate and private foundation funds.
The biggest shock comes to people when I tell them we usually do this on behalf of for-profit companies.
Most people believe that to access government funds you must be a not-for-profit corporation. And that simply is not true. Private businesses that are doing work that benefits the entire community can be awarded grant funds and tax incentives to help support these projects.
Examples of these projects include: green energy infrastructure, hospitality and tourism, education and workforce development, agriculture and food systems, etc… If it helps create good paying jobs and strengthens the community, then it may qualify.
So, then the next thing they say to me is “oh, well that is only available to companies that give politicians big donations.”
But that is no longer true. The REDC system was set up to give a region’s business and nonprofit community leaders direct input into the allocation of government funds to support projects. And while you do need to have a conversation with REDC leaders about the merits of your project and write a good application, you don’t have to have deep pockets and large campaign donations.
Upper Edge Consulting helps you define whether your project may have the impact that REDC members want to see in the region (if it fits into the Strategic plan), then if it does we help you have those conversations and author a competitive application.
The big companies have someone on staff to do this full time. But small to mid-sized businesses don’t need to get left out of these support streams – we can help you be competitive with the big players.
If you have a project that you feel qualifies as a benefit to our community reach out. We would love to talk to you about the possibility of finding funding streams that will help get shovels in the ground to grow your company and the local economy!