Helping you grow your grant funding.

Cali Z. Hayes is an experienced grant writer in Portland who works with nonprofits throughout the U.S.

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Like you, I've worked on the front lines of fundraising.

Over the last eight years, I have developed grant proposals for some fabulous nonprofits, both on staff and as a consultant. All told, those proposals have raised more than $30 million.

I know sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day to develop winning proposals while simultaneously cultivating new donors, overseeing programs, conducting evaluations, coordinating events, maintaining relationships, working with volunteers, and getting a decent night’s sleep.

Writing great grant proposals takes time and, in the nonprofit world, time is your most valuable resource. I’m here to take the grant writing load off your shoulders so you can focus more of your time on the work that energizes you.

I am affiliated with:

I have developed successful proposals to:

  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)
  • U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
  • National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
  • United Way
  • State & Local Government Agencies
    e.g., City of San Jose, Portland Children's Levy, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), and others.
  • Private Foundations
    e.g., The Ahmanson Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, The William Randolph Hearst Foundation, and many more.

There are several ways I can help you...

Writing Proposals

Whether you need funding for a well-established program or you need to turn a concept into a fully-fledged pitch, I am here to help. I have years of experience developing successful proposals for federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as corporations and private foundations.

Getting Started

Do you need help getting your grants program off the ground? I'll help you create a plan, find prospective funders, and develop your first proposals. Then I’ll step back and let you take the reins (while remaining available to offer guidance as needed).

Finding New Funders

Prospect research is a critical, but often time-consuming, part of building your grants pipeline. You and I will discuss your organization’s needs, goals, and current funding and I will build a list of potential funders, complete with full profiles identifying key information and potential strategies.


Services are billed either at an hourly rate or for a flat fee based on the length and complexity of the project. Your investment will vary depending on your organization’s specific needs. I encourage you to get in touch with me to determine the rate for your project!

Please note that I do not work on commission. Here's an excellent article explaining why.

Ready to Start?

Complete the form below to request a consultation call. We’ll discuss your organization’s grant development needs, your goals, and how I can help.

I look forward to connecting with you soon!