MISSION AND VALUES
The mission of The Grant Advantage is to help organizations unleash their strengths to embrace tomorrow's opportunities.
Engaging and Persuasive Storytelling
Dependability and Trustworthiness
Beverly “Nicki” Bentley-Colthart, MSW, new owner of The Grant Advantage, is an experienced grant writer with over 20 years of researching, drafting, and submitting awarded proposals to local, state, and Federal sources. Nicki has a track record of receiving 70% of grant proposals submitted - securing $28 million dollars in grant funding for nonprofits and higher education institutions in West Virginia since 2000.
Ms. Bentley-Colthart holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work from West Virginia University. She has honed her grant writing skills over 27 years as a social worker employed in various West Virginia social/human services agencies and as a grant administrator for two institutions of higher education (West Virginia State University and West Virginia Wesleyan College). She has developed and delivered training workshops on grant writing basics, partnership development, budget planning, program evaluation, as well as served as an adjunct instructor at West Virginia Wesleyan College – teaching courses on grant writing and nonprofit management at the undergraduate and graduate level.
Nicki has lived experience not only writing grant proposals, but managing grant awarded projects as a program director. This allows Ms. Bentley-Colthart to prepare proposals with a sensitivity to the needs of an organization’s staff to manage, implement, assess and report on grant activities after the award is made.
Jaime Chaffin has been working with nonprofits to develop programs, build capacity, and raise funding since 2014. She specializes in developing winning grant proposals in the areas of substance abuse disorder treatment, recovery, and prevention; education; public health; recreation; youth services; and other social services. Jaime helps nonprofits find the best aligned funders for their project and maps out fundraising calendars with the fine detail required for foundation and corporate grant proposals. In her eight years at The Grant Advantage, she has developed many federal and state proposals to support our clients’ high-impact programs.
Jaime has a deep affinity for research. She is also experienced in grant award management, board engagement, assessment and evaluation, and communications and public relations.