“I first met Ms. O’Neal in a class she facilitated at the University of Missouri- St. Louis. Over the past three years I have attended several grant writing courses and training seminars throughout the country, most of which provided just the basic outline of a proposal and a few do’s and don’ts. Upon attending Ms. O’Neal’s class, for the first time ever, I left knowing exactly what I needed to do to strengthen my impact. Not only was I confident that I could now prepare competitive proposals, I also knew that I wanted to continue working with her. We hired Ms. O’Neal for one year as a consultant to assist with a small federal grant, and since this relationship, our organization has gone from getting two out of 20 or so proposals a year to receiving nine out of ten. The results have been phenomenal, immediate, and have turned our organization around. Without Ms. O’Neal, we are frightened to even think of where we might be in our humble attempt to serve the people of our community. In our 40 years of serving the St. Louis community, we have yet to meet a person or spend a dollar on capacity building that has proven as valuable as the experience we’ve had with Glenda.”
Vivian Dudley, Executive Director, West End Mt. Carmel Community Outreach Service

 

“St. Patrick Center in St. Louis, Missouri is a faith-based organization that employs a trio of grant writers. Even though we grant writers sat under Glenda O’Neal’s tutelage at University Missouri – St. Louis’ proposal-writing workshops, we call on Glenda to pass her expert eyes over government proposals before they go out the door. She is especially adept at program design -- the most important element in gaining funds. In fact, Glenda coached us as we wrote our 2005 DOL application for its Prisoner Reentry grants, and we are grateful that our application received a perfect score. Now -- thanks to God, Glenda and a gutsy program -- St. Patrick Center is helping non-violent, non-sex offenders find employment and, thereby, reducing recidivism in the St. Louis Area.

St. Patrick Center endorses Glenda for her expertise, organization, and knowledge of government grant writing. Glenda O’Neal brings calm out of the chaos that is part and parcel of writing a proposal to any department of the government!”
Debby Brauch, Grant Development Officer, St. Patrick’s Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT MY CLIENTS SAY
AS A GRANT WRITER...
Organizational and Writing Skills…“Thank you again for the professional services you provided in developing the National Science Foundation grant proposal. From critiquing a prior proposal through brainstorming ideas, soliciting additional NSF information, contacting publishers and participating personnel with other organizations, and actual narrative and budget development, your ability to clarify and organize the process was invaluable.”
Dr. Marguerite Boyd, Lewis and Clark Community College
Program Design…”we call on Glenda to pass her expert eyes over government proposals before they go out the door. She is especially adept at program design—the most important element in gaining funds. In fact, Glenda coached us as we wrote [a recent grant] and our application received a perfect score. [We] endorse Glenda for her expertise, organization, and knowledge of government grant writing. Glenda O’Neal brings calm to the chaos that is part and parcel of writing a proposal to any department of the government!”
Debby Brauch, St. Patrick’s Center
Quality and Efficiency…“I have been most impressed with the thoroughness of your research on the grants and the speed at which you are able to produce a grant and still maintain the excellent quality for which you are known.”
Karen Early-Dueker, St. Louis Crisis Nursery
Guiding the Process…“Even though we came to you for help at a very late date, we know that you helped us transform our fledging dreams into a competitive grant document. From our first no-nonsense conversation with you—in which you gave us perspective on the nature of the competition for this grant and framed our thinking about the expectations of the readers—down to our last discussion about assembling the final document for mailing, you were our angel. We thought we were hiring a consultant, but what we got was a partner and a friend. Your intelligence, insight, background knowledge, attention to detail, and personal commitment were wonderful.”
Dr. Micki Mcguire, Columbia Public Schools
Commitment…“Your unwavering commitment to getting this grant written ensured that we were able to submit a good proposal and still meet the deadline.”
Client, Mental Health Agency
Work Style…“Your expert consultation and technical assistance make a critical difference in the success of both (grant) efforts. You are not only technically very skilled, you demonstrate integrity and warmth that make it a pleasure to work with you.”
Client, Youth Services Organization
AS A SPEAKER AND TRAINER...
Results…“I thought you might be interested to know that after the class I was the principal author of a grant proposal funded for $150,000. I am certain that without your presentation, we would not have been successful in our venture.”
Exceeding expectations…“I admit that based on my past attendance at many seminars, initially I was not particularly excited to be attending another. I must say, however, that I truly enjoyed every class and for the first time in quite some time felt the sessions far exceeded my expectations. Your presentation style is excellent, and it was so good hearing the experiences of someone who had been ‘on the other side,’ as a grant reviewer. Thank you for a very beneficial week.”
“Glenda O’Neal is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had. I am a college graduate and found her teaching methods very helpful and her sparkling personality a real plus.”
Group interaction…“Like many of the audience, I was most impressed with your expert handling of a very challenging group and with your ability to effectively respond to their questions, which went far beyond the subject of proposal writing.” (Representative, The Foundation Center)
Knowledgeable…“Having served as both a grant reader for the federal government and a grant writer for a state department of education, I could appreciate your perspective and expertise. You knew what you were speaking about and delivered your message masterfully.”
“…I must tell you that your presentation was my favorite because you covered all the points important to getting a ‘good review’ by us corporate types.” (Representative, Monsanto Fund)
“I am amazed at the depth of knowledge you were able to convey in a four-day period! As someone new to the grant business, I learned a great deal.”
Motivating…“I have attended several workshops on grant writing and have found them dry, uninteresting and with no valuable content. It is easy to tell by your energy and enthusiasm that you enjoy your work and are very good at it.”
“Grant writing was intimidating prior to this class.”
Interesting…“One of the most interesting classes I’ve ever attended.“
“Pleasant, articulate speaking style. Great handouts!”