Micki has over 10 years of experience writing grants for both nonprofit and for-profit organizations.  Her grant writing projects have ranged from training grants to funding supporting supply chain development for a large OEM in the defense industry to a “green industry” grant that resulted in an award of over $2.5 million to support an equipment acquisition at one Illinois manufacturer.

Micki has over 20 years of experience working in manufacturing and consulting with leaders of manufacturing companies. Her Industrial Engineering degree and Masters in Business Administration have provided a sound technical foundation for her for-profit grant writing projects.

For the past two years, Micki has also been the contract grant writer for an organization that provides life and job skills training and independent living options for adults with developmental disabilities.  In this capacity, she has successfully written federal grants to support an Early Head Start program; state economic development grants to provide funding for the organization’s recycling program; and several foundation grants to support various projects to benefit the clientele.

Micki has done pro bono grant writing for a church in her parents’ community and fire department in the village where she lives. She has done other business writing projects for her clients including business plan development to support funding requests; ghost blog writing; and case study writing. She offers grant writing training courses to companies and local associations.

Micki has recently formed Lakeview Consulting to use her unique combination of creativity, technical expertise and writing skills to help both nonprofit and for-profit companies maximize their capacity to serve their clients and customers.

Micki graduated from the University of Illinois-Urbana with a BS in Industrial Engineering and from Webster University in St. Louis with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. The Grant Professional Certification Institute (GPCI) recognized Micki as a Grant Professional Certified (GPC) in September of 2013.  She is the first Illinois-based GPC located south of the Chicago suburbs and only the seventh credentialed in the state of Illinois.

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For-Profits Need Grant Awards Too!

When conducting an Internet search for grant writers, it is likely that the results would show a lot of them (the Grant Professionals Association website claims 1,800 members internationally). If you clicked on any of the search result links, you would likely find the following terms in the consultant’s About Me section: “Helping non-profits that…

How the GPC Process Changed My Perceptions and My Business

Editor's Note: Our appreciation to Grant Professionals Association (GPA) and to the author, Micki Vandeloo, for permission to publish this article simultaneously with its publication by GPA.   Last fall, I earned my Grant Professionals Certification (GPC) from GPA’s Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI). I am so proud to be in the company of a…

How I Found My Mentors and Why You Need to Find One Today!

Mentor - An experienced and trusted advisor (noun). To advise or train (verb). I am new at this entrepreneurship thing. While starting and growing my own business invigorates me, there is still a lot I don’t know about my craft, business start up and platform building. Sometimes it feels like I don’t know so much…

Four Ways That Avid Gardeners Can Teach Nonprofit professionals about Success

Winter has come quickly it seems this year! As the cold weather hits for most in the United States, people turn their attention to relaxing by a fire, building snowmen and getting some long-ignored projects done inside the house. Isn’t it the same in nonprofit organizations this time of year? Leaders’ attentions turn to showing…

Five Habits That Will Lead to Success in 2014!

Unless you live under a rock (my apologies to the trolls that are reading this article), you have heard and read about resolutions more in the past week than in the 51 weeks prior. While I definitely see value in setting goals, I am convinced that resolutions just don’t work. “Blasphemy!” you say?? How many…