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The Grantwell LLC provides non-profit social service groups with quality and affordable grant support, grant writing, and grant training.

About Us

Christina Ryder is the CEO of The Grantwell and is sociologist and expert in federal and foundation funding requests, program development, and social science research. Throughout her professional career she has participated in various federal grant evaluations. As a Certified Sociology Practitioner (CSP), she has also participated in various social science research endeavors, journal articles, professional conferences, has been featured in various publications for her grant and research efforts, and is a regular guest lecturer on grant writing. She is the author of “Grant Writing 101: Your Essential Guide to Nonprofit Grant Acquisition”, published in 2014. In addition to her role at the Grantwell, LLC, Christina is also an Instructor of Sociology at Missouri State University, GO LEAD Coordinator, Assistant Director of the Missouri State Center for Social Science and Public Policy Research (CSSPPR) and Adjunct Sociology Instructor at Drury University. She is a member of numerous international, national, and local professional organizations and committees. 

The Grantwell is supported by a team of professional grant writers, researchers, and social science and technical writers. Since it's inception, this team has assisted in raising millions in federal and foundation grant funding for non-profit and public service entities in the United States and around the world.


Grant Support

  • Grant Readiness Assessments: The Grantwell can provide your organization with a grant readiness assessment and present the results of this assessment (along with our recommendations) to your board or leadership council. This is a great place to start for organizations unsure of where to begin the grant process or those organizations that would like an honest, independent assessment of their readiness to compete for grant funds.
  • Grant Opportunity Funding Searches: The Grantwell can provide your organization with a comprehensive list of foundation, state, and federal grant opportunities that are good matches with your organization's goals, needs, priorities, and programs.

  • Free Grant Opportunity and Fundraising Resources Updates: The Grantwell provides a free monthly newsletter, free news blog, and real time updates on Facebook and Twitter that outline new grant opportunities, new resources, new training opportunities, and news about the non-profit fundraising world. As a matter of privacy and principle, The Grantwell does not share our email, follower, or friend lists with anyone or any other entity. 

Grant Training

  • In-Person Grant Writing Workshops:  In partnership with the Missouri State University Office of Non Credit Programs, The Grantwell provides one day, intensive grant writing workshops for beginners and grant writers interested in increasing their skill set.

Grant Writing

  • Individual Grant Writing Coaching/Editing: The Grantwell can customize a grant writing strategy for your organization, provided funding options, and otherwise coach your organization through the grant process. Whatever your skill level we can provide new ideas to advance your efforts. We also can provide our feedback and edit grant proposals you are currently working on or would like reviewed prior to submission. 
  • Grant Proposal Writing: Whether you would like assistance with one proposal or twenty, The Grantwell can assist in or fully construct grant proposals on behalf of your organization. Typically we provide package rates for those looking to write 5 grants, 10 grants, or 20 grants.
  • Annual Retainer Packages: The Grantwell is also able to offer longer-term grant writing services to organizations and entities on a annual retainer basis.

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“Christina wrote our first $1,000,000 foundation grant. This was our largest gift ever and we were able to obtain this gift by presenting a very well written proposal. Special thanks!” ­
— Rev. Craig Harper, Executive Director, Teen Challenge Wisconsin