Grant strategies to build nonprofit capacity

What nonprofits are saying about our services...

Palmerston North City Council 

"The Palmerston North City Council was working on two very large capital fundraising campaigns as well as some smaller operational funding projects and looking to maximise our grant funding, find new funders, track the funding we were applying for and monitor accountability for successful grants. After meeting with Jo Garner from Strategic Grants our council saw the immediate value in the GEM Portal product and implemented it soon after. Since implementing we have been successful in fully funding 2 of our cities major projects and used GEM Portal to discover numerous other funders as well as track our progress and accountability. GEM Portal is an essential tool for councils seeking external project funding and NFP’s looking to streamline and maximise their grant funding strategy." Clint Dunstan – Project Investment Coordinator, Palmerston North City Council.

Presbyterian Support Southland

On delivery of the grants calendar: "This is impressive, thank you so much. I am truly excited to start getting the full potential out of your suggestions" – Shelley Erskine, Presbyterian Support Southland.

Neuro Connection Foundation

About GEM Portal: "It has been a great tool to give us a look at what grants are available." Clare Russell, Marketing Coordinator, Neuro Connection Foundation.

Shakti Community Council

‘’GEM has opened paths to funding opportunities that we otherwise would not have known of. We are definitely enjoying the ease of using GEM!’’ Fathin Doray, National Funding Officer, Shakti Community Council

Te Whare Hukahuka

"Prior to subscribing to GEM Portal I would spend hours searching the internet to find funds, let alone funds that were relevant to our organisation. Now this can be easily be done through the filter function in the calendar. The Applications tab gives a quick snap shot of my work load, what I have already completed, what is in progress and what still to be done. The calendar dates help me decide how to prioritise my funding work and allows me to plan how much time I can spend on other things.

The Strategic Grants team is friendly and offers expert advice and assistance. They take the time to get a sound understanding of the organisations purpose and drive, and provide tailored support. Because they understand our purpose we feel they have a genuine desire to help us succeed and this is reflected in their commitment to helping us with our application writing and assisting us to secure funding" - Te Huia Taylor, Te Whare Hukahuka.

Look Good Feel Better NZ

"We have loved our partnership with you all in taking us to the next level. It is a very special service."

St John New Zealand

"It has been a great experience having you involved to help keep our grants programme refreshed and relevant to St John."

Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society New Zealand

“I’m a bit obsessed with keeping the calendar up to date ... the figures it can then provide, and the confidence ratings I put against the grant applications in the pending column, will be very useful at Forest and Bird leadership and planning meetings.”


“Thank you for all your work and patience. The outcome is excellent and will be very valuable.”


"GEM Portal has revolutionised grant management at Youngcare. It has maximised efforts for the Fundraising and Management Team by drastically reducing the amount of time required to search for upcoming foundation deadlines, and to record each interaction and the project that has been submitted.

We have found that with the aid of GEM Portal we can pull off enhanced reports for the Board to see where each application is at, and demonstrate the work that is taking place to secure much-needed funds; and it has also allowed me to get a clear indication of the success of my team in this area.

The team at Strategic Grants are an extension of Youngcare. They work with our organisation to learn and fully understand about what we aim to achieve in the coming year and as a result are able to advise key staff on the relevant foundations that we can apply to. All of this is recorded in the GEM Portal. It takes much of the work out of investigating grants.

I believe the cost of GEM Portal has had huge cost-saving implications and supported raised income levels for Youngcare from trusts and foundations - very impressive!"

The Australian Ballet

“I was dreading the job of reporting on my applications, but with GEM Portal it’s a pleasure! With all the Strategic Grants downloads there’s hardly any formatting needed to pop straight into a report. Amazing work, thanks so much…and that is only one element of GEM Portal. Making my life much, much easier so I can get on with fundraising.”

Breast Cancer Network Australia

"We think the service you provide is fantastic and we couldn't be more happy with it."


"Jo and Strategic Grants offer something very special to the not-for-profit world in Australia. A class-one service and a service with heart, empathy and the integrity to develop a true understanding of your cause combined with a second-to-none knowledge of what funders want. This is relationship fundraising at its very best and the ultimate in meeting needs - yours, your beneficiaries' and funders'. It's a win-win solution."

Heart Foundation

"Having conducted an in-depth review of Heart Foundation's grants program, Strategic Grants has worked with the Heart Foundation to establish centralised strategies to best position the organisation for grants success. This has been successful in changing and establishing new and effective processes as we continue to work towards building an effective grants program."

Epworth Medical Foundation

"Strategic Grants has assisted us by undertaking a review of our current Trust and FOundation program and the development of funding plans and calendars. Jo Garner and her team have a tremendous understanding of this funding area and been terrific in helping us to improve our performance."

CheckUP Australia

"We have recently worked with Jo and her team for the first time to support the preparation of two very large funding applications. Her expertise, guidance and advice were invaluable in helping us to meet a very tight timeline and remain focused on what was needed for a successful outcome. We look forward to working together in the future and would not hesitate to recommend her services."

Cystic Fibrosis Queensland

"I have been working with Jo Garner now for a couple of years. Over this time there were a number of people at CFQ who had the skills to write grant applications but not the expertise, the knowledge, the dedicated time. This has been a very successful relationship for Cystic Fibrosis Queensland."

Flinders University

"The team at Strategic Grants have been fantastic, with incredibly helpful advice, willingness to visit us at our institution, and a fantastic Grants workshop.

They are so contactable and communicative and offer advice above and beyond. They have worked closely with our organisation to learn and fully understand about what we aim to achieve in the coming year(s) and as a result we are anticipating huge cost-saving implications and supported raised income levels for Flinders University, from trusts and foundations.

Couldn’t recommend more highly and look forward to a continuing relationship."

Queensland University of Technology

"If you have a small fundraising team like ours, but within a big organisation, you can get pulled in many directions. 

Having the Strategic Grants funding alerts drop right into my email really helps me refocus on core priorities. 

Also, the searchable Grants Calendar is invaluable as it enables us to tailor funding opportunities by category; terrific when seeking to focus on a specific priority, e.g. marine conservation.

Macquarie University

"We have been using the Strategic Grants GEM Portal since 2016 and have had great results. 

It has helped us to communicate funding opportunities with academics, as well as to assist us with increasing the culture of philanthropy across the university.

We have also worked with the Strategic Grants team to educate our academics on how to rework previous applications, including Category 1 research grants, for philanthropic funders."