Write Connections' expert approach to grant writing concentrates on five key elements:


Understand what makes your organization special or unique

Review your organization’s history and background to get a clear understanding of your mission, vision, current programs and services offered, population(s) served, organizational structure, and funding priorities.


Establish an action plan

Create a feasible work plan that accommodates your organization’s staff time, assembly of support documentation, and the deadlines established by funding agencies.


Identify appropriate funders

Review the purpose, planned outcomes, and evaluation methods of the proposed program or project and align to funders that would be encouraged to want to invest in your solution.

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Build project research

What makes your proposed program/project significant? Identify current and relevant research that speaks to societal and industry-specific trends that relate to your organization’s planned program/project, supports innovative approaches, and aligns with your organization’s mission.


Develop compelling proposals

approach each grant proposal from a funder-specific perspective that conveys your concept clearly to each funder in a succinct, articulate and persuasive manner.

Maureen Ryan, Founder and CEO

The principal of Write Connections, LLC is Maureen A. Ryan, a service-oriented business and education professional with 30 years combined experience in grant development, writing and administration working with non-profit agencies, community- and faith-based groups and for-profit companies. Maureen has raised more than $90 million in federal, state and city/county government and corporate and private foundation grants for nonprofits in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Grants have been secured for programs and initiatives related to work in the fields of human/social services, K-12 and post-secondary education, STEM education, workforce development and career exploration, manufacturing, technology, engineering, biotechnology, energy, community and economic development, science and physical and behavioral healthcare.

Prior to starting Write Connections, LLC in 2007, Maureen held many positions in the non-profit sector including Manager of Education Initiatives, Workforce Education and Development at Catalyst Connection and the Pittsburgh Technology Council and Coordinator of Recruitment, Natural Sciences and Engineering Technology Department at Point Park University.  More recently, Maureen served as Executive Director of PGSS Campaign, Inc. from 2012-2014 and STEM Coordinator for Penn State University-New Kensington campus from 2010-2011. In addition to grant consulting, Maureen also conducts grant writing workshops throughout the year to community-based organizations and non-profit groups of all sizes and presents at regional conferences.

Maureen is a recognized professional for her original approach to conceptualizing and developing unique and innovative grant proposals that focus on partnerships and achievable project outcomes. Maureen earned her bachelor’s degree in Humanities from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master’s in Business Administration from Point Park University, and currently holds memberships with the American Grantwriter’s Association, the Association of Fundraising Professionals –Western PA Chapter, and The Foundation Center, Washington, D.C. (Platinum).  Write Connections, LLC is registered as professional fundraising counsel with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of State, Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations. Maureen also holds current Act 34, Act 151, and FBI clearances.

Maureen takes very seriously her client relationships and has established Write Connections to be responsive, knowledgeable and flexible when working with organizations of all sizes – from small community-based groups to large national organizations.

Ashlee Carter, Grant Associate

Ashlee is a development professional who brings a wealth of knowledge to nonprofit organizations. She earned a Master’s degree in Professional Leadership with a concentration in Management for Nonprofits from Carlow University and a Bachelor’s degree in Health Service Administration from Slippery Rock University. Ashlee has worked in corporate and private philanthropy, honing her grant administration skills and managing innovative projects. She has also spent time in human services, empowering families with mental and behavioral health barriers.

You can reach Ashlee at ashlee@write-connect.com.


Maureen Ryan, President of Write Connections, LLC walks you through the organizational steps of preparing to write a grant.