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Grant writing and evaluation services tailored to your needs.

Martina Donkers

Hi. I’m Martina.

I help purpose-driven people and organisations reach their potential. I can help you design great projects, evaluate your impact, and tell your stakeholders all about it.

I specialise in grant writing and evaluation. I also teach grant writing to grant seekers and aspiring freelance grant writers. 

Let’s start a conversation about what you need.

What I do

Evaluation

Evaluation for your organisation, program, project or policy.

Grant writing

Grant writing that wins more money, clarifies your thinking and gets results.

Coaching and support

Coaching and support to improve your grant writing, get started on evaluation, and figure things out.

Let’s start a conversation.

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Evaluation

You know you need to evaluate your program, service, project or impact. But where do you even start?

You know that evaluation has the potential to clarify your impact, improve delivery, and find the ways that you’re really changing lives. But you don’t really know how to do that, what methods to use, or really even have the time to figure it out.

I can help.

I help small and medium organisations develop evaluation approaches that are high-rigour but low-resource, meaning you don’t have to spend a lot to get a lot out of it. I work flexibly in a way that suits you and your budget, and I care about your outcomes (just like you do!).

My specialties are qualitative methods, systems approaches, connecting theory to practice, and stakeholder engagement, especially with rural communities. I can work solo, or I can assemble a team of other independent evaluators, bringing a wide range of skills. I also subcontract to other evaluators.

Send me an email, and let’s start a conversation about what you need.

Grant writing

You’ve got an opportunity to apply for a grant. Great!!

Now what?

You’ve got some choices. Do you DIY and tackle the grant application yourself? Do you call in an expert to take over? Do you need an editor and reviewer to help you along the way?

Whatever approach suits you, I can help.

I’ve won over $30m for my clients over the last 10 years, and I can help you, too. My approach to grant writing is constructive, confidence-building and practical – I can show you what to do, or I can take it off your hands and do it for you.

Send me an email, and let’s chat about your grant opportunities, and the next steps that suit you.

Coaching and support

You know you can do it, but you need some guidance.

All my services are available on a done-for-you or done-with-you basis.

I can help you build your grant writing and evaluation skillset, develop strategies that suit your way or working, and do capacity building sessions with your team.

We can work 1:1, or I can set up group calls, masterclasses and workshops with your team.

Send me an email, and let’s start a conversation.

How I work

I’m a values-driven person who cares about my work – and yours. I work on projects that help people, and I aim to help people and organisations maximise their positive impact.

I’m also good at explaining stuff. I love a random metaphor. It’s important to me that people understand both what we’re doing and why we’re doing it.

Flexibility is essential to what I do, and I strive to offer you flexibility in how we work together. I’m available after hours and on weekends if that’s what you need, and I have a range of approaches that might suit you.

What my clients say about me


Karn Ghosh
CEO and Co-Founder, Kinela

“Martina is genuinely the most talented grant writer I have had the pleasure of working with. She takes detailed interest in the strategy behind the grant so as to ensure it’s authentic to company while aligning with the grant criteria. Her background in Government her talent for writing and her strong work ethic all mean that she’s a formidable force to have behind you.”

Bek Lambert
Freelance Jungle founder and mental health advocate

“Deciding to work with Martina was an easy choice. She’s someone who is always generous with her knowledge, but what really stands out is her willingness to work with people where they are. Right from the get-go, I felt welcome. I felt like a priority, and I felt like I had a trusted ally that was willing to help me. Martina’s extra level of customer service brought out my own confidence, and elevated the work. Martina clearly knows what she’s doing. I would definitely recommend working with her.”

Danielle Norton
Freelance copywriter

“I needed help with a grant proposal I was writing, and a number of people in my network recommended Martina. From the start she was professional, friendly and easy to work with. She has real expertise in grant writing, and she was able to find the gaps in what I had written and clearly show me how to make my copy better. It was so helpful to get clarity and confidence in what I was writing. If you’re looking for help with a grant application, you should definitely talk to Martina – you couldn’t find anyone better!”

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Why you need a freelance grant writer

Freelancers are the best people to write your grant application.  I firmly believe that. And it…

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next project.

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