our Services

Grant proposal writing

Grant proposals must be compelling, while also conveying need and credibility. We take the time to invest in our clients’ history, their success, and their passions so that we can best garner the support of funders.

grant research

Effective grant funding relies heavily on matching the right programs with the best funders. We work closely with our clients to identify the grant sources most likely to support the areas they most need funded.

Grant Application Compliance

Too often grant proposals are disregarded by funders before they are even reviewed, simply because specific instructions and guidelines were not followed. Our experience and attention to detail ensures that every proposal we submit will rise to the top for consideration.

Successful Fundraising Plans

The strongest and most credible nonprofits rely on funding from diverse sources. We work with clients to develop a fundraising strategy that includes multiple sources and types of revenue.

board development

A solid board of directors is often key to effective fundraising. We offer advice on developing strong, diverse boards, and the best uses of board talent and resources. 

Grant editing and review

Because not every organization needs or can afford turn-key grant writing services, we offer proposal editing and review.

Grant Writing Training and Workshops

We tailor small group seminars to the needs of specific staff or groups. Topics include basic and advanced grant writing, as well as finding grants and matching them to the best programs.

copywriting services

To better help nonprofit organizations market and promote themselves, we provide a variety of copywriter services including:  website and blog copy, appeal letters, newsletter articles, and news releases.

about us

Terra Mortensen smiling against a tree background

After working in marketing, advertising, and public relations for 15 years, Terra established TerraGrants+ in 2010 to provide general consultation, grant writing services, and marketing scripts for regional nonprofit organizations. Her public relations background uniquely positioned her to be a compelling and persuasive writer and she has since written hundreds of winning grant proposals that have helped her clients establish new programs and broaden existing services. Additionally, her in-person workshops have successfully built the capacity of hundreds of nonprofit leaders to win grants more effectively and to manage the full grant cycle.

Terra is a certified as a Grant Professional by the Grant Professional Association (GPA) . She is also a GPA-Approved Grant Trainer. She gas a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she graduated with University Honors and was recognized nationally as a PRSSA Gold Key recipient.

Terra leads a team of consultants offering a range of experience in writing and editing; local, regional and federal grants; and design. These include:

Audrey Atkins
Audrey has more than 20-years experience as a freelance writer and has been published in many different outlets, including The Washington Post, The Bitter Southerner's Folklore Project, This is Alabama, and It's a Southern Thing. Audrey also has a monthly column in Mobile Bay Magazine and is the published author of They Call Me Orange Juice, a collection of stories and essays about growing up and living in the south.

Karen Hunley
Karen Hunley has more than 12 years’ combined experience in grant writing, technical writing, and news writing. She has a master's degree in technical and professional communication and a bachelor's in journalism, both from Auburn University. 

Joy Sandlin
Joy has over a decade of experience working in the web development industry, designing thoughtful, practical layouts for clients of all sizes and in a range of industries. She has worked on projects from small brick and mortars to large corporate entities. Her skills include discovery/research, strategy, design, consulting, information architecture, UX, and art direction.

terra mortensen, GCP
grant writer & founder

Contact us

For more information or to schedule a grant training workshop,  contact Terra Mortensen at terra@terragrants.com or 205.370.3177, or use the form below.

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