DeaRonda Harrison is a grant writer and researcher with nearly 10 years of experience writing grant proposals. She initially began her career in the federal government, but eventually transitioned into a career that aligned with her core interests and values.
She has a passion for K - 12 education, specifically working with school districts to deliver quality and equitable education to underserved students and workforce development nonprofits that offer relevant job skills training for adults to enter the workforce with livable wages. Her experience in managing federal government contracts was instrumental in helping her transition to grant writing because she understands the process of why projects do or do not receive funding and she hasn't looked back since!
DeaRonda Harrison is the Principal Consultant securing grant funding for nonprofits with $1M+ budgets. She has worked to help secure nearly $10M+ in grant funding to date. She specializes in K-12 education, housing, healthcare, and workforce development nonprofits.
DeaRonda crafted a signature approach to drafting grant proposals targeting foundation and corporate funders. She has developed the Grant Guide template; a ready-made process document that simplifies writing grant proposals. She conducts a program audit to identify unique factors and collaborate with internal stakeholders to extract measurable outcomes that strengthen proposals prior to the start of the grant writing process.
She works to help oversee the pre-award process including technical and budget development of the grant proposal, and proposal submission to external sponsors through the appropriate systems such as Grants.gov, EGMS, Grant Solutions, and eRA Commons.
She composes the proposal letter of request/intent to emphasize alignment between the funding program and grantmaker priorities, construct a persuasive argument on why the grantmaker should invest in the nonprofit, and craft a compelling story of measurable mission impact.
DeaRonda immediately helped us complete grant applications to support our youth programs. She researched additional grants and new sponsor opportunities. Through her efforts, we were able to secure grant funding from Fulton County government. Her support was invaluable and allowed our small staff the ability to focus on their specific job duties.
DeaRonda came to Atlanta Mission in just the knick of time. She jumped right in and helped us manage our $1M grant program with a number of corporate and foundation deadlines that she helped to assist in a rapid manner. She did what it took to make sure we didn’t miss deadlines and continue to engage and develop relationships with current and new funders. I would recommend her to any organization that needs a grant professional with promising results that can hit the ground running to secure and manage funds.
DeaRonda led the grant management and reporting for our federal grants submission which funded a myriad of our programs. She helped us receive awards and manage $6M in funds for our agency in the District. I recommend her for any business needs as she definitely gets the job done in a swift and concise manner. She is a consummate professional and I am confident she will be an excellent contribution to any team.
DeaRonda Harrison and I worked together through the Grant Professional Association and she is nationally recognized as one of the leading practitioners in our field. As someone who practices in DC - "the belly of the beast" - DeaRonda has unique insights into the subtle nuances and ever changing political landscapes that affect federal funding. Most importantly, she is a heck of a writer.
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