Grant Writing

As a consultant, Sarah provides comprehensive grant application support for environmental, agriculture, and conservation projects for nonprofits and organizations.

Grants Research - Customized list of grants for 1, 3, and 5 year timelines for nonprofits and municipalities.

Application Management & Reporting - Develop timelines, checklists, complete formal applications, and create systems of grant reporting for nonprofits and municipalities.

Grant Writing & Editing - Authoring and/or editing of grant applications for nonprofits and municipalities, including small foundations, large foundations, local, state, and federal grants submissions.

Fundraising Planning

As a consultant, Sarah Baxendell provides comprehensive fundraising plans for environmental and conservation projects for 1, 3, 5, and 10 year time lines for nonprofits, for profits and municipalities.  

USDA Grants

As a consultant, Sarah Baxendell provides assistance on a variety of topics related to USDA funding, including:

  • Research appropriate funding opportunities and providing strategy advice to organizations new to USDA funding

  • Design innovative programs to address community food needs

  • Start-to-finish consulting support with writing and submitting full applications

  • Develop project budgets and secure matching support

Additional support has included:

  • Help organizations that have never applied for a federal grant before complete their SAM and registration processes

  • Identify appropriate grants for their organizational goals

About the Designer

Sarah Ashley Baxendell brings a holistic approach to project design, planning, and funding that personalizes the way urban ecology and park improvement projects, arts and film organizations, and nonprofit startups positively impact communities.

Sarah is a nonprofit consultant with expertise in program design, strategic planning, fundraising, project management, and master plan development. She has in-depth knowledge of a range of nonprofit sectors, including organic agriculture, sustainable food systems, environment and ecology, and documentary films.

As a fundraiser and grant writer with over a decade of experience, she has raised over $1,000,000 to support nonprofits, and has provided professional writing, editing, and grants management services for fundraising and marketing activities.


Grant writing is performed for $65 per hour rate. Clients provide a scope of work which is used to establish an estimate and timeline for the project prior to establishing a contract for the work.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant writing packages range from $6,500 to $9,500 per application, depending on the complexity of the selected program.

Custom strategy consulting for USDA grants are available for organizations that prefer to author the grants themselves, but would benefit from expert guidance and review of their proposal. Service packages can be customized and range from $1,500 to $4,000.

Past Clients


Hilltop Alliance

A reclamation of 15 vacant lots with wildflowers to create urban pollinator pathways with community stewards.

Hilltop Urban Farm

The largest urban farm in the world which addresses neighborhood based food insecurity with a regional Farmer Incubation Program, Youth Farm, and Farmer's Market.

South Side Park

An ecological restoration of native plants through the reduction of invasive species within the areas of South Side Park utilizing goats.



Help communities connect more deeply with their natural environment through local food supply, urban ecology, and land conservation projects.