Hi there!
My name is Holly Rustick.

I’ve dedicated the last 15 years of my life to helping grant writers (and volunteers, board members, & everyday people!) get funding. I have learned a lot over the years and have dedicated myself to teaching a tribe of grant writers drive positive change for nonprofits while having an abundant lifestyle.

Holly’s Grants Secured

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GRANTS SECURED (A FEW GRANTS HOLLY HAS WON)

$660,000

$406,128

$460,000

$20,000

$274,900

$1.1 million

Spotlight on Funding Secured

FEDERAL FUNDING

  • Office of the Administration for Children & Families Administration for Native Americans I-LEAD Grant, Sanctuary, Inc. $660,000 (2018)
  • Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women Transitional Housing, Oasis Empowerment Center, $92,000 (2019)
  • Family and Youth Services Bureau Runaway and Homeless Youth Basic Shelter Grant, $381,000 (2016-19)
  • Marine Education and Training Mini-Grant Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for Micronesian Conservation Coalition, $15,000 (2017)

FOUNDATIONS & CONTRACTS

  • Guam Behavioral Health & Wellness Center, Residential Recovery Center, Oasis Empowerment Center $505,000 (2019)
  • National Science Foundation Documenting Endangered Languages, University of Guam $275,000 (2019)
  • Guam National Tennis Federation, International Tennis Federation Grant, $25,000 (2018)
  • Victims of Crime Act contract for Sanctuary, Inc., $406,128 (2017 – 2020)

GRANTS MANAGED

  • 2016 BRSS TACS Policy Academy: Building and Enhancing Sustainable Recovery-Oriented Systems and Services, $75,000 (2016)
  • Administration for Native Americans Social and Economic Development Strategies Grant: Dream Project, $1.1 million (2013-2016)
  • Fundraiser Gala featuring Vanessa Williams for the StayWell Guam Diabetes Foundation, $460,000 (2018)
  • Guam Behavioral Health & Wellness Center Contract for residential treatment ASAM III and III.5, $400,000 per year (negotiated and wrote proposal/budget, 2014-2016)

GRANTS REVIEWED

  • Office for Victims of Crime: Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking (2020)
  • Office for Victims of Crime: Direct Services to Support Victims of Human Trafficking (2019)
  • Administration for Native Americans: Social and Economic Development Grants (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Administration for Native Americans: I-LEAD Grants (2017)

Holly’s Story

Martial Arts, Teachers & an NGO

I’ve been on all sides of the coin concerning grants. But how did I get there? Let’s rewind to 2005…

Humidity caused the long-sleeved cotton shirt to stick to my back as I leaned forward to get a better look at the sketch on the napkin that Noor held up. It was a little difficult to see as she swung it around in desperation while animatedly speaking in the universal Indonesian language, Bahasa Indonesian.

Once she got a breath in, I looked at her evenly and nodded my head firmly. “Ya, Saya bantu,” I said in broken Indonesian and then reaffirmed in English…

“Yes, I will help.”

Open to Larger Needs

Noor was my martial arts instructor. She taught pencak silat in a dirt lot next to her home. I was learning this sport with a colleague from Australia, Cameron, who was the male sports teacher hired to work at the NGO in Indonesia.

Not more than six months prior, we would never have been in this province of Indonesia, Aceh, as it had been closed to foreigners for more than 50 years. But a tragedy had changed that in a matter of seconds—a tragedy that had been felt around the world. The earthquake of 2004 had hit the day after Christmas or what people in these parts call Boxing Day. It triggered the largest tsunami ever recorded, which struck dozens of countries and killed a confirmed 184,167 people, displacing more than a million. The province of Aceh (in Northern Sumatra in Indonesia) was the worst hit; it was where 71% of all deaths occurred.

I had been teaching at an all-girls school in Kuwait when this catastrophe happened. I was following the recovery work closely when I saw a job posted online to teach sports for girls for an NGO in Aceh. I promptly applied and, after a phone interview, got the job. As soon as the school year ended, I went to Indonesia to help with community development and to develop programs for the displaced youth.

When I arrived in Indonesia, I realized there was a big problem. The executive director (who was a foreigner) had never done a needs assessment or even asked the community if an afterschool program was what they wanted or needed. After a couple of months, it became apparent that there were larger needs in the community than just teaching sports to youth.

Sure, there is a place for sports, but they already had their own sports teachers, and they were now losing out on their pay because of the foreign program. The parents needed jobs, and they needed seed monies to get their businesses re-established so they could better provide for their children.

Teacher Becomes Student Becomes…

So, I switched roles and became a student myself, aiming to understand how I could really help. After several months of learning the language; growing relationships with people; and practicing their sport, pencak silat, I finally got somewhere. After several months, Cameron and I both received our white belts in pencak silat along with a trove of five-year-olds. Apparently, this step was also vital to gaining trust, and, eventually, the pencak silat instructor, Noor, told me what was really needed. It wasn’t foreign sports or largescale infrastructure projects that they had never tried before. It was simple. It was start-up capital to rebuild the industries that once helped the locals lead abundant lives. She personally needed $500 to re-open her water kiosk. All of her supplies had been wiped away in the tsunami, and, though she did make some money teaching pencak silat, it wasn’t enough to fund the capital investment.

Noor knew there were some grants available from United Nations agencies but had no idea how to connect with them or how to write a grant or read English. Something clicked at that moment for me. I could do this for her…and for many other people like Noor. What they needed was money for projects that already worked. But they needed a liaison and someone with technical experience to get the money for them. So, I wrote the grant, and I contacted the school in Kuwait I used to work for to do a fundraiser. Noor got money for her kiosk. She also received enough money to go to Jakarta and compete nationally in martial arts. For only $500, someone’s livelihood was recovered, and a dream was attained; a real need was met. This is when I decided to become a grant writer—when I connected mission with money.

I discovered:

  1. I can help others connect money to nonprofit mission.
  2. There is a prosperous career in the field of grant writing.
  3. I love teaching and helping others!

RECOMMENDED COURSES

GRANT WRITING MASTER COURSE

How would you like access to a grant writing course that has helped hundreds of students secure millions of dollars for nonprofits?

Yes Please!

FREELANCE GRANT WRITER COURSE

Do you want to get paid to write grants? Consider this program an essential proven roadmap to launch and grow a freelance grant writing business!

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NONPROFIT PLANNING COURSE

How would you like to get all the templates and roadmaps for multiple streams of income for a nonprofit?

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What People are Saying…

Holly Rustick is a great grant writer, teacher and coach. I have been one of her students since November 2018. She has helped us tremendously by giving us valuable input about our mission statement, our press releases and our vision statement. Thank you Holly for all you have done.

Joseph Ryan, CEO/ President, MDR Disaster Relief & Veterans Outreach Inc.
Until I discovered Holly’s podcast, I didn’t feel confident to start writing grants– even after having completed several good courses. Something was missing. Thankfully, because of her in-depth and clear teaching, the gaps are gone. I’m ready.
Joyce Bailey

Even after three years Holly continues to inspire me and helps me to grow my business through her energy and relentless growth to deliver a better product and service.  Thank you, Holly, for another three clients again last week!

Meg Tyqueingco, CEO of Energetic Presence