Mentorship Highlights:  Alejandra’s Journey to Becoming a Niche Expert in Environmental Grant Writing with Alejandra Salazar

Welcome to another episode of “Grant Writing & Funding”! In this week’s episode, we have a very special guest joining us: Alejandra Salazar, a seasoned grant writer and business owner. Alejandra has been in the grant writing space for over 20 years, working closely with founders on various projects. Today, she shares with us her valuable insights and experiences in managing multiple projects and teams within a non-profit organization.

Alejandra emphasizes the importance of being strategic and authentic in grant applications, cautioning against making promises that cannot be kept to funding sources. She advises against chasing every opportunity, highlighting the need to focus and build expertise in order to increase success and position oneself as an expert in the field.

Furthermore, Alejandra shares her passion for conservation and her journey in the environmental sector, discussing the difference between being a grant writer within an organization and being a freelance grant writer consultant. She opens up about the challenges she faced in finding a job in the environmental sector and her decision to pursue a master’s degree in natural resources management. Alejandra also shares her experiences working with NGOs in Latin America and Central America, highlighting the limited funds and challenges faced by smaller organizations.

We delve into the impact of grant writing on the conservation field, and Alejandra’s company, the Social Environmental Design Project, which aims to help NGOs increase funding and impact. She also discusses her personal growth as a business owner and the importance of setting higher prices to achieve financial stability and invest in oneself.

She also shares how she has been able to get clear about her business within the Grant Professional Mentorship, and that she now has joy and freedom in her business and life!

You won’t want to miss this insightful conversation with Alejandra as she shares her expertise as a grant writer and the lessons she has learned along the way. So, sit back, relax, and let’s dive into this episode of “Grant Writing & Funding”!

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • How the Grant Professional Mentorship has been beneficial for Alejandra’s freelance grant writing business
  • Through the mentorship program, Alejandra is continuously learning new skills and abilities as an independent nonprofit worker and business owner.
  • How Alejandra identified her target population nonprofit client and developed strategies to position her business for success.
  • Designing effective projects for social and environmental problems
  • Alejandra’s journey in the environmental sector
  • The difference between being a consultant and an in-house grant writer
  • Alejandra’s expertise in biodiversity, conservation, and grant writing as a consultant
  • Developing accessible products for small and medium organizations