GROW - Grant Writing of Wisconsin


The GROW Grant Office assists school districts and other nonprofit agencies in identifying funding sources and then developing and submitting grant proposals to support educational programming initiatives. Organizations may lack the necessary time and expertise to write competitive grant proposals. Access our professional grant-writing services to compete for grant funding.

How We Can Help

Created in 1994 and the only one of its kind in the nation, the GROW consortium team now includes members in three states. We offer:
  • Grant Writing Service - proposal development, writing and submission

  • Grant Information Service (GIS) - a periodic update of grant opportunities

  • GROW Consortium

Grant writing is not simply about writing or budget relief, but rather about clarifying what children need and then working in partnership with school and agency personnel to develop the highest-quality intervention or reform strategies to meet those needs. These strategies are then packaged into compelling, straightforward grant proposals. Many projects funded through grant-writing initiatives serve as models to other districts experiencing similar challenges.

In recent years, the office has successfully secured over $4 million per year in competitive grant awards for its clients, with a success rate of over 60% Over the past 12 years, GROW has helped secure funding for nearly half of the 115 federal Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) awards made in the State of Wisconsin. In 2007, Wisconsin applicants, with GROW assistance, received funding for two of only 15 awards in the nation for the federal "Integrating Schools & Mental Health Systems" grant programs.

Many districts and nonprofit agencies that previously lacked the time or expertise to apply for grants now have the means to do so, thanks to our support in identifying needs and appropriate grants, getting planning efforts underway, and writing highly competitive proposals with an eye toward long-term sustainability.

Help Us Help You

Let’s work together to ensure our relationship is a productive one. Click the link above for a list of ways you can partner with us to get the highest return on your investment.

Hear From Our Raving Fans

"In working with GROW on several multi-million dollar grants, our writer's coordination, leadership and flexibility were exceptional. GROW writers possess the unique blend of facilitating others work by keeping them engaged while at the same time coordinating all the various parts to an application assuring that all tasks are accomplished. If they are not directly familiar with a grant opportunity, they dig in and soon become the knowledgeable experts. I recommend GROW to lead any grant application, big or small. "

Joseph Sheehan, Superintendent
Sheboygan Area School District

Our Services

Grant Writing Service

Looking to fund a program or initiative?

The GROW Grant Office investigates and monitors public and private funding sources at the local, state and national levels, updating clients about available funding opportunities.

The GROW Grant Office team works with clients to determine whether they qualify for a grant, documenting instructional gaps and educational needs of students, parents, teaching staff, administrators and communities. Team members help generate data and ideas for project components and suggest collaborative partnerships that strengthen the proposal.

Prospective new clients are encouraged to initially work with GROW on a single-proposal basis in order to minimize up-front costs as the client and GROW familiarize themselves with one another and with the grant development process. Once a working relationship has been established, grant-writing clients may choose to become members of the GROW Grant Consortium. Under the consortium arrangement, multiple competitive grant proposals may be submitted per consortium client per year, depending on timing and suitability of grant programs and availability of writing capacity.

Critiquing/editing services and grant-writing training are available. School districts may also subscribe to the GROW Grant Information Service (GIS), which provides timely periodic reports on current funding opportunities, as well as brief consultation on the funding information provided.

Grant Information Service (GIS)

GROW disseminates grant information to school districts, municipalities and nonprofits. The Grant Information Service (GIS) in no way obligates you to GROW for the actual writing of any grant, although we would be pleased if you considered our competitive grant-writing services.

The GROW Grant Information Service offers the following:

  • Timely periodic information on funding opportunities specifically for school districts as well as municipalities, counties and other community agencies
  • Brief consultation on inquiries about grant programs included in GIS updates
  • Fee-based research about possible funding sources and interests as requested by the subscriber
  • Main Office & All Mail:
  • 2935 Universal Ct
  • Oshkosh, WI 54904
  • Phone: 920-233-2372
  • Fax: 920-236-0580
  • Conference Center
  • 2300 State Road 44
  • Oshkosh, WI 54904
  • Phone: 920-233-2372
  • Fax: 920-424-3478