About Our WorkGrants West helps nonprofit and community agencies obtain grant funding by providing grant proposal writing services and trainings, prospect research, and grant proposal review. We have helped nonprofit and tax-exempt groups raise $150 million through more than 1,100 funded grants and awards. Click here to see a selected list of our funded grants.
We help groups that focus on the arts, disability services, early education, environmental education, emergency food and shelter, health care, higher education, housing, human services, job training, K-12 education, mental health services, recreation, seniors, substance abuse treatment and youth programs.
Before we take on a new client, we assess whether or not the organization is likely to receive grant funding. We examine the strength of your program, budget, evaluation, outcomes and collaboration. We recognize that every organization is different, and know that you require custom solutions to your needs.
Clients have included...
America Scores Denver
Aurora Public Schools
Broadway Assistance Center
Cerebral Palsy of Colorado
City of Aurora
City and County of Denver
Chauncey Billups Elite Basketball Academy
Colorado Rural Health Center
Colorado State University Extension
Community Resource Center
The Delores Project
Denver Language School
Denver Public Schools
Dress for Success Denver
JFK Partners/The Children's Hospital
Metro Community Provider Network
Mi Casa Resource Center for Women
Otero Community College
St. Francis Center
The Senior Hub
Sheridan School District
State of Colorado Department of Human Services
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
The Urban League of Metropolitan Denver
Urban Children's Coalition
TrainingsWe have led more than 50 trainings on topics such as basic proposal writing skills, prospect research, proposal critique workshops and seeking federal funding. In addition to public trainings and workshops, we have developed private trainings for the following groups:
- Arapahoe/Douglas Works! (2011)
- Colorado Association of School Executives (2011-13)
- Colorado Nonprofit Development Center (2014)
- Colorado Society for Public Health Education (2009)
- Colorado Rural Health Initiative (2011)
- Colorado Nonprofit Association Conference (2009, 2011, 2013)
- Colorado Governor's Commission on Community Service – AmeriCorps Annual Conference (2010, 2011)
- Environmental Protection Agency (2011 subcontract to develop training materials)
- Colorado State University (2013, 2014)
- Oral History Association (2011)
- San Diego State University (2013)
- San Diego State University Extended Studies (2012-present)
- San Diego Business Improvement District (2009)
- Social Advocates for Youth San Diego (2009)
About Jay Katz, PresidentI began writing grant proposals for nonprofit organizations in 1990. It wasn't my first effort at nonprofit fund-raising. During summer break from the University of Pittsburgh, I was (briefly!) a door-to-door canvasser for Clean Water Action. I believed in the cause but did not enjoying ringing doorbells. After college, I was hired by a neighborhood organization. I was mortified when my boss told me that he wanted me to help him raise money. I thought he was going to send me door-to-door with a tin can. Imagine my relief when all he did was set me up in front of a computer to write a grant proposal. That was the beginning of my new career.
After informally providing proposal writing services for different nonprofits, I formed Grants West in 1995.
I have provided trainings on proposal writing since 2002. I truly enjoy running presentations and workshops, and helping people learn how to pursue grant funding. In addition, I have been flattered to have my articles included in publications such as the California Grants Guide, Colorado Grants Guide, Iowa Grants Guide and Ohio Grants Guide.
In addition to grant writing, I am actively involved as a volunteer with several projects. It provides me with the hands-on experience that grounds me as I write proposals. Some years back, I received two community service awards (CHUN Good Neighbor Award, Life on Capitol Hill's Man of the Year). I have volunteered as a youth mentor, adult literacy tutor, neighborhood group president, microlending consultant, and in many other roles. I also am one of the coordinators for a large Spanish conversation group, helping organize meetings and events for people interested in learning Spanish.
Recommendations for Jay Katz:
“I have been familiar with Jay Katz's work for over 15 years, and have seen the results of his grantwriting skills in numerous grant proposals submitted to The Denver Foundation when I was Vice President of Programs.
Jay knows his stuff. He has an excellent understanding of the foundation community in Colorado and can help determine if applying to X foundation makes sense for a particular nonprofit. He is very aware of the necessity to include all required information in a grant proposal, in the format desired by the foundation. His writing is descriptive and succinct. Most of all, he can help a nonprofit assess if they are "proposal ready" -- do they have an internal structure that will demonstrate to a potential funder that they will do what they say they will do, do it well and be able to report on outcomes?
In addition to his outstanding grantwriting skills, Jay is also a teacher, offering classes that help others understand how to do this effectively. Highly recommend.”
Christine Soto, formerly Vice President of Programs, The Denver Foundation
“Jay Katz is the first person I go to when I need assistance with grant proposals. He specializes in writing mid- to large-size grant proposals for nonprofits and knows how to navigate the often confusing world of federal grants. He has had over 1,000 grants funded, helping nonprofits raise over $120 million dollars.
In addition, Jay has developed a comprehensive set of classes that are geared towards a range of abilities: from the beginner wanting to learn more about grants to the professional proposal writer, he delivers customized, applicable content. Furthermore, Jay is not only incredibly knowledgeable about the field, with his finger on the pulse of many private funders, he is also ethical and personable.”
Melanie Brooks, Owner, DealKarma
"Jay has provided St. Francis Center with Grant management and grant writing services since before my hire date. His understanding of the funding landscape is a real asset to our organization. Jay is also more than competent is framing our programs and services in a fresh manner for narrative and reporting purposes in all communications to funders. We are very satisfied with his work."
Andrew Spinks, St. Francis Center
"I attended one of Jay's grant-writing classes through Colorado Grants. It was very informative and presented a lot of insightful information in a clear, concise way. Definitely worth the money, I look forward to additional classes."
"I have taken two grant writing classes from Jay -- one a basic grant writing class and one on how to start a grant writing business. Jay creates a very supportive, friendly atmosphere in his classes and is very responsive to questions. He tailors the class to the needs of people in the class and offers lots of practical advice that can only come from someone with long experience in the field. I highly recommend Jay for anyone seeking to expand his/her knowledge of grant writing."
"I took a Grant Writing class with Jay when I first started in the non-profit fundraising field. His workshops are very approachable and deliver valuable information that is easy to understand. I left with skills that I brough back to my work and it helped immediately. Jay is a kind person with a tremendous amount of skill and knowledge - I would recommend his services to anyone seeking to practically improve their grant writing skills."
Stacey Saggese, Colorado Microfinance Center
"Jay's ability to take a complicated government request for proposal and make it understandable is invaluable for grant writers. His style of presentation is casual while bringing his experience and expertise to make the trainings useful and practice."
Christy Crosser, Director, Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center
"As the Executive Director of a local nonprofit organization I hired Jay for at least 10 projects, thanks to his help I was able to continue to do my regular work while Jay would help me organize information, help with research and finalize all the written materials and attachments required for the different grants we were focusing on. Our success rate was in the high 80%, I think Jay is a very knowledgeable grant writer with many years of experience. What I am most impress with is his ability to adapt to different projects and how quick he is to research information and statistics that would help prove the need of valid project."
Enrique R. Orozco, former director, Urban Children's Coalition
"I recently attended a grant-writing course Jay provided. He was fantastic! Our class was completely full and all of us were engaged in active learning throughout the 3 hour session. Jay provided information, strategies, tips, and a helpful cooperative learning exercise. His course has helped me improve my grant prospecting, too. I highly recommend him as a grant writer and/or instructor for grant-writing."
"Jay Katz is articulate and ethical, he is an effective advocate for the organizations he serves. He is professional, service oriented, and manages turn-around times very well."
Linda Templin, Owner, Seaborn Consulting, LLC