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Think and Ink Grant Consulting®
in Atlanta, Georgia

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We help large nonprofits, colleges and universities, and government entities think through grant strategies and ink competitive grant proposals.

We specialize in foundation, local, state, and federal grants supporting womenchildren, health, and education - the most vulnerable areas of our society.

Hi, I'm Shavonn.

Best grant writer Shavonn Richardson, MBA, GPC

I am the Founder & CEO of Think and Ink Grants.  It's nice to meet you.  Why are you here? 

  • You are here because grant writing is hard work.  It takes time and talent to find and write grants that win.

  • You are here because finding professional grant writers who can deliver results is hard. 

  • You are here because writing federal grants is tough, and you need access to subject matter expertise.

Our team ​has won over $125 million in grant funding. We are here to help you think strategically and ​win grants

In service,

Shavonn Richardson, MBA, GPC, Founder, Think and Ink Grants®

About Think and Ink Grants® 

Founded in 2016 in Atlanta, GA, Think and Ink Grant Consulting® (Think and Ink Grants®) helps large nonprofits with budgets of $ 3 million or more, colleges and universities, and government entities "think" through grant strategies and "ink" competitive grant proposals.


Our firm specializes in foundation, local, state, and federal grants supporting women, children, health, and education- the most vulnerable areas of our society.  We transform how organizations find grants, connect with funders, solve problems, and deepen community impact.

Our professional grant writers at Think and Ink Grants® have a successful track record of helping organizations nationwide deepen community impact. We take a comprehensive approach to helping nonprofits increase their grant funding, offering an array of outsourced, end-to-end grant-seeking services of (1) grant consulting, (2) grant research, (3) grant writing, (4) grant management, and (5) evaluation services.


Our newest initiative, Get.Grants.Better.®  provides training, education, and discounted services to underserved and emerging 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

NEW!  Get.Grants.Better.®

Get Grants Better

The One-Stop-Shop Grant Writing Resource For Emerging Nonprofits

Take your nonprofit organization to the next level.

Get.Grants.Better.® provides training, education, and discounted services to underserved small-sized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

Adapted from our traditional client offering Think and Ink Grants® (, Get.Grants.Better.® is designed to meet the unique needs (and budgets) of emerging nonprofit organizations. 


What makes Think and Ink Grants® different?

Think and Ink Grant Consulting® is different because our team applies our real-world experience to offer highly customized services and practical solutions built specifically to help your organization increase grant funding. As we help craft your narrative, we highlight your organization's uniqueness, helping you stand out from the crowded sea of endless proposals funders receive daily. Our goal is to help you maximize your score in foundation and federal grant applications.

We are unique because we:

1. "Think" through grant strategy and how to demonstrate impact before we "ink" grant proposals.  Many often skip the "think" step, missing a key strategic step in winning grants.

2. Have a successful track record of supporting housing authorities, state, city, and county municipalities, and institutions of higher education in the U.S. and beyond, earned primarily through word of mouth.

3. Are former grantmakers and have served on review panels for foundations and federal agencies. Our real-world experience brings subject matter expertise to the table from day one.   

4. Provide all the value-added grant-seeking services most nonprofits would ever need under one roof- one firm, one relationship.  

5. Offer the most advanced cutting-edge techniques in the grant professionals industry -our curated and time-proven approach is unmatched.  We are industry leaders committed to bringing the latest best practices to our clients.

Who is our typical client?


Our clients experience the following pain points:



























We are not a firm that churns out grant proposals, hoping for a win.  We work with clients committed to entering a partnership and applying thoughtful grant-seeking strategies.

Does this sound like you?  Talk to us today.

Here is a sample of our current and past clients:

think and ink grants client nia centre
think and ink grants client bi bett
think and ink grants client dalton state college
think and ink grants client young harris college
think and ink grants client city of atlanta
think and ink grants client invest atlanta
Black Innovation Alliance
Atlanta Wealth Building Initiative
Grant writers for Douglas COunty
think and ink grants client
Grant writers for Community Foundation Greater Atlanta
Grant writers for Fulton County
Grant writers for VIHA
Grant writers for Union Settlement
Grant writers for Atlanta Metropolitan College

Not enough time

It's hard to find time to write grants and write them well.  Outsource your grant writing to our grant professionals and free up your time. 


Use your free time to build relationships, improve strategy, or focus on other organizational priorities.


Needs more capacity

Hiring staff with the capacity, experience, and expertise to win grants is hard. As seasoned grant writers, we work as an extension of your team to write more complex grants like government grants.


All of this is at a fraction of the cost of hiring a full-time staff. 

Needs SME experts

Don't make the wrong decision by not having experienced grant professionals at the table. 

We apply our time-proven techniques and bring our real-world experience as former grantmakers and grant review panelists to the table to provide timely and relevant insight.

What is our service offering?

Our service offering has been thoughtfully curated to help transform your grant-seeking strategy.

We provide full-service end-to-end grant-seeking support through five in-house services: grant consulting, grant research, grant writing, grant management, and evaluations

Grant Consulting

We help you think through ways to transform your grant-seeking strategy.

Examples: Received step-by-step guidance and expert-facilitated thought sessions. Our most popular consulting services include Logic Model-based Program Development, Grant Seeking Strategic Plans, Fundraising Plans, and Relationship Cultivation and Stewardship.  A Relationship Cultivation and Stewardship Plans includes coveted unpublished funder contact information, our team writing targeted emails on your behalf, and a detailed relationship cultivation plan.


Grantmaker Support Services

We not only support grant seekers, but grantmakers as well.  We have a winning track record in supporting grantmakers and other funders by providing the following services:


  • Request for Proposal Writing

    • Write RFPs to attract applicants, contractors, and reviewers​

    • Design a rubric to help you properly evaluate your options

  • Panel Review Management

    • Recruit, train, and manage panel reviewers

    • Determine a rubric to identify applications best aligned with your priorities
  • Process Creation and Documentation
    • Create and document the application and review cycle for your team or next hire to execute
    • Receive a customized and detailed internal and external process guide​​


Interested? Speak to us today.

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grant writing off your plate.

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Do you need to find grant writers in Atlanta, Georgia or across the United States, to fuel your specific organization’s needs?

Based in Atlanta, GA, Think and Ink Grants® helps you "think" then "ink" your next grant opportunity.  Our mission is to find the perfect grants, win them, and manage them so our clients build a consistent and strong relationship with funders. 


If you’re interested in getting the right grants for your organization and building amazing funder relationships, continue reading...

Learn the benefits of hiring our team to help maximize your grant-seeking:

1. Grant Consulting

How do you start to transform your organization's grant-seeking strategies?


Take the first step in getting strategic about finding and writing grants.

Our approach to Grant Consulting helps you define, map out, and clearly articulate your organization's grant-seeking strategy.  We facilitate thought and ask thoughtful questions to move you from where you are to where you want to be.  Our recommendations will propel your organization and set you up for success for years to come.

Within our Grant Consulting services, we deploy our Relationship Cultivation and Stewardship strategies to build new relationships with funders before submitting a proposal and to help make receiving new funding from existing funders' renewal that much easier.  Both of these services help you be on the front line in building impactful relationships with funders.  We help you approach each funder with the confidence and knowledge to succeed.

2. Grant Research

Are you trying to figure out how to find and build relationships with your ideal funder?

This phase starts with finding the right grant opportunities to help you achieve your goals.

Our Grant Research services develop an initial funder list of funders with a history of supporting organizations just like yours.   We’ll take a comprehensive look at all the funders available to you and then match their giving history with your organization's initiatives. This results in a highly targeted list (we believe in quality over quantity) of funder opportunities that appeal to the funders’ interests while also fulfilling your organizational needs.  

Benefit from a list of funders to pursue over the next 12 months and stay up-to-date on new grant opportunities month over month. You now finally have a 12-month grant application calendar.

3. Grant Writing 

Wondering about the most effective way to win grants and find the perfect grant writer?  


One thing you probably know is that funders are inundated with grant applications. So, naturally, finding a way to stand out is important. That’s why we use a specific formula to submit competitive grant applications through our Think and Ink Grants Grant Writing process. 


We know that funders are looking for a very specific set of items in each application they get—and the more aligned you are with what an individual funder is looking for, the higher your chance of success becomes.


Our approach involves maximizing the score given by each reviewer.  Only then will your application be considered for funding.  Using the research we’ve gathered, our Grant Writing process handcrafts each proposal to clearly position your organization's missions and initiatives as a prime candidate. 

4. Grant Management

Where do most organizations drop the ball when receiving grant funding?


After years of grant consulting, we’ve seen all the struggles organizations go through to find, receive, and maintain funding.


What we’re about to share is one of the biggest mistakes we see organizations make: Most organizations do not manage the funder relationship appropriately or set up the correct processes to keep funding relationships strong.


That’s why our approach to Grant Management is a game-changer.


Having a comprehensive grant management system in place and the importance of evaluating and reporting the success of your program. Completing reports on time is crucial to developing and maintaining a good relationship with funders.


Putting a defined process in place to easily measure, evaluate, and report your initiatives will allow you to develop strong funder relationships and tell your story. All of which, when done correctly, will make your future funding needs more manageable.

5. Evaluations

What are evaluations, and why are they important?


Evaluations are required in many federal grant applications.  In these cases, our team of on-staff evaluators helps complete evaluation plans and execute the evaluation plan once funded.  

For us, evaluations don't just stop at federal grants.  We help evaluate your organization to assess if your program is delivering on your intended outcomes through four types of evaluations:  process, formative, process, and outcome evaluations.

Know where you stand and be able to communicate your community impact through our evaluation services.


Think and Ink Grants can help you transform your grant-seeking. 

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