Federal and State Grant Writing
Since 1993 Gass has written over $156 million in successful federal and state grants to support affordable housing, services to the homeless, refugee resettlement, and after school programming for children. Federal agencies have included the Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Labor, and Justice. In Maine, state agencies have included MaineHousing, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Education.
Business Planning & Program Design
Gass brings a business planning focus to all her work, helping clients define the need and demand for services, the delivery costs, and outcomes.
Most recently, Gass worked with a community group in mid coast Maine to design a Host Home program for unaccompanied youth. The finished work included research into best practices, outreach to potential partners, and designing policies, flowcharts, and forms needed to prepare the project for implementation funding.
Research & Special Projects
Gass reaches across program silos and disciplines to develop solutions to clients' unique needs.
Gass conducted research and analysis to help Portland Adult Education identify key industry areas and opportunities for offering training that will result in employment in jobs with career ladders. For NeighborWorks America, Gass helped to staff a social enterprise scale-up designed to transform the business models of nonprofit homeownership programs to serve a broader range of customers and become more self-sustaining.
Gass helps her clients manage the grant writing process, writes drafts, assists with the budget, performs required research, helps build partnerships needed for grant implementation, and defines outcomes.
Gass has also prepared grant applications, grant guidelines, and scoring templates for funders. In 2007 she helped design the National Foreclosure Mitigation Program for NeighborWorks America. Over the next 10 years Congress appropriated $853.1 million for this program which provided foreclosure counseling to over 2.1 million homeowners nationally.