Martina Donkers Freelance Writer
I am a freelance grant and strategy professional who will get you the results you need.
I specialise in grant applications, tenders, project planning, risk management and evaluation. I work with not-for-profit organisations and small businesses to create documents for all levels of government, including proposals, funding reports, assessments, policy analysis and research.
I also provide project management support, including program design and implementation.
With over six years' experience as a professional writer, I know what it takes to create effective written communication. I tailor every document to its specific purpose, making sure it tells the right story for the right audience.
My work gets results. Just ask Sandra, who used my services to secure a $150,000 grant for her not-for-profit organisation. Or chat to Gary, who noticed increased productivity in his team after I redesigned their project tracking systems.
Get in touch today and let's talk about how I can achieve great results for you.
What I do
I deliver grant applications that hit the mark, showing off your project idea in its best light and meeting all selection criteria. I’ve worked as a grant assessor and I know what makes a great grant application.
Your project needs a simple, clear and functional project plan that keeps you on track. I make sure all of your stakeholders are taken care of, and that your project is set up to work.
Analysis and Evaluation
Analysis and evaluation are the keys to improvement. I analyse and evaluate projects, programs and policies, ensuring you understand exactly how effective your work is and how you can get even better results.
Need a great report? I write grant reports, funding reports, research reports, annual reports, social media reports, and evaluation reports that tell effective stories and get you the results you need.
Policy and Strategy
Where is your organisation going, and how will you get there? I create detailed, practical policies and strategies that work in the real world, such as risk management strategies, procedure documents, and evaluation policies.
Tenders, proposals, responses to RFPs, RFQs, RFTs… whatever the lingo, I can make your product, service or project idea stand out. I’ve worked in government and I understand the process – let me help you nail it.
With over six years' experience as a professional writer, I have what it takes to turn your ideas into great writing.
I hold specialist qualifications in science communication, government and project management, as well as Bachelor's degrees from one of Australia's best universities. I began my writing career while still at university, creating marketing materials showcasing the work of top PhD students and popular science articles published in print magazines and online.
My experience in government includes both Federal and State government departments in permanent and contract positions. I have contributed to Cabinet submissions for the Department of Communications, created evaluation strategies for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, prepared high-level presentations for the Victorian Department of Education and Training, and written briefs for the Victorian Department of Economic Development and Resources. I have held multiple positions with not-for-profit organisations, including a board position, both in Australia and internationally.
What this means is that I understand what's needed to get a message across. I understand the differences between a document going to a high-level executive and one for social media. I know how to incorporate the right level of detail, how to persuade a reader, and how to make sure an idea is practical rather than just 'pretty'.
Let's talk about how can I bring this experience to work for you.
What people are saying
Martina delivered an excellent submission for our organisation. Her well planned, consultative, inclusive and inquisitive approach to our project produced a much better tender than we hoped for. She also made the experience enjoyable with her engaging personality and genuine interest in what we were doing creating an environment to truly collaborate.
Steve Lowe, Operations Manager, Home Modification Solutions
Martina was enthusiastic and reliable. Responsible for our social media, Martina not only developed an extremely comprehensive social media policy which volunteers find extremely clear and helpful, but she raised our Twitter profile and grew our following exponentially. Her posts are clever, engaging and informative.
Kim Power, President, The Sunflower Foundation
It’s a real joy and privilege to have Martina’s writing feature on Add To Life. Her eloquence is matched only by her empathy. She delivers pitch perfect pieces that wholeheartedly capture the purpose and spirit of Add To Life.
Kelly Simpson, Editor-In-Chief, Add To Life www.addtolife.com
Martina was great to work with, and produced an excellent application for us. She took the time to understand the project and provided professional, polished work. We will definitely be working with her again in the future.