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Strength-Based Approaches

At its core, The Grant Advantage values the discovery and alignment of your personal and organizational strengths to design programs and initiatives that have a positive impact on clients and the community. We can help your organization identify and tell a solution-based story to increase long-term sustainability.


Engaging and Persuasive Storytelling

Grant writing is storytelling--engaging the funder to learn more about the needs your organization addresses, what you do to meet those needs, and how you measure your impact on clients and the community. The Grant Advantage is skilled at developing narratives that connect the reader to your organization's mission, vision, and programs.


Collaborative Relationships

The Grant Advantage believes in working collaboratively with your organization to identify your needs and tailor unique solutions to help you meet the opportunities of tomorrow. We believe in a high level of engagement from a variety of stakeholders to develop promising interventions--especially the clients you serve.


Dependability and Trustworthiness

The Grant Advantage was built on strong relationships with equal dependability and trustworthiness between the company and the client. We always act with integrity and transparency.




The Grant Advantage's mission is to help organizations unleash their strengths to embrace tomorrow's opportunities.



Mission Statement

Alice has a passion for all things grant writing! Over the past decade, she has worked with hundreds of nonprofit organizations to help them increase their organizational capacity and secure funding. She has raised over $27 million writing grants and has been in charge of awarding and monitoring federal funds to nonprofit organizations throughout West Virginia. If Alice is not at her computer writing, she can


Find out more about the clients we have served and the funding we have secured on our Impact page.

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Our Staff


Alice Ruhnke

Founder and Owner


usually be found facilitating trainings, workshops, and webinars. Alice is also the author of a new manual "Mapping the Course: A Practical Approach to Grant Writing."


Alice received both her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Relations and Master of Arts degree in Education/Counseling Psychology from the University of Connecticut. A native of Omaha, Nebraska, she is married to Tim and has two amazing sons, Michael and Luke.

Jaime Farquhar

Grant Specialist


Jaime has been working with The Grant Advantage since January 2015. She transitioned into grant writing from a career in advertising to address her passion for working with nonprofits. Jaime can be found writing and editing awesome grant proposals, developing funding strategies, and diving deep into all kinds of research. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Public Relations from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri.