Grant Writing

Benavidez Law Group, P.C., has substantial experience in representing various municipalities and non-profit organizations throughout the State of Arizona. Our attorneys understand that all municipalities and non-profit organizations face the critical challenge of developing necessary funding. There are thousands of grants available to help fund your organization or municipality. At the Benavidez Law Group, P.C., we can help you obtain these grants by assisting you with your grant research, grant writing and grant review.

Grant Writing Essentials

Prior to beginning the grant writing process it is important to make sure you have all the standard documents and tools that you will need.

Grant Writing Essentials for Not-for-Profits

  • Incorporation Papers
  • Mission Statement
  • By-Laws
  • Board List
  • Organizational Chart
  • Strategic Plan
  • Key Staff Resumes
  • Staff List Including Positions
  • Job Descriptions
  • Last Fiscal Year Agency Audit Report including 99
  • Current Budget
  • List of current year's income sources
  • List of funders (past and present)
  • Federal Tax I.D. number
  • IRS 501(c)(3) Status Letter
  • Profile of: Agency's History, present services, clients
  • Testimonials
  • Media Coverage
  • Brochures
  • List of Partners
  • "Americans with Disabilities Act" Plan
  • Other (special requests by funders)

Grant Writing Essentials for Municipalities

  • Organizational Chart-you may need a chart for the overall municipality and a chart for each of the departments and/or programs you are seeking funds for.
  • Contact Information for the person(s) who funders will communicate with.
  • Master Plan/Strategic Plan - all recent professional planning documents within the last ten years. For example:
    • Open Space Plan
    • Recreation Plan
    • Community Policing Plan
    • Technology Plan(s)
    • Redevelopment Plans
  • Profile of Municipality's History
  • Profile of Municipality's Present Characteristics
  • Key Staff Resumes
  • Municipality Audit Report for the last fiscal year
  • Municipal Budget Summary (present year)
  • List of this year's income sources
  • Most recent census data
  • Most recent transportation data, if appropriate for grant proposal
  • A list of current/planned projects listing funding sources and implementation schedules
  • Current municipality maps (general and neighborhood). For example:
    • Zoning
    • Recreation
    • Parks/Green Acres
    • Land Use
    • Aerial Photos
    • Floodplain
    • USGS (United States Geological Survey)
  • List of community agencies (not-for-profits) that you collaborate with
  • List of corporate/business partners (e.g., Chamber of Commerce, Merchant Association)
  • List of Community Partners (e.g., Neighborhood Development Groups, Civic Clubs)
  • News clippings, consumer and community support letters
  • Brochures and newsletters
  • Authorizing Municipal Resolution Form
  • Form 424B Certification Regarding Lobbying, Debarment, Suspension and Drug- Free Workplace
  • Standard Federal Form 424 (Application for Federal Assistance). It is suggested that you will fill out one with your municipality's generic information to have on hand.
  • Wish list
  • A list of special status your municipality has with various state and federal agencies.