A previous funding assessor for government, Tara now runs Whitney Consulting, a business dedicated to helping guide others through the complex project planning and grant application process.
Tara’s time as a funding assessor and manager for the WA Royalties for Regions programs has allowed her an in-depth insight into best-practice when it comes to grant applications. The role also saw her manage over 60 grant projects worth in excess of $1 billion, often working with applicants to improve their submission.
Now she has channelled that expertise into her own business, working with not-for-profits, community organisations, local councils and state governments to help support clients in designing financially viable projects and services that attract the funding needed to make them a reality.
Since the business launched, Whitney Consulting has notched up an impressive success rate for projects large and small, including:
- 100 per cent success rate for the Federal Building Better Regions Fund grant program, including $4 million for the Esperance Jetty Redevelopment. The application was described by the Minister as being “a first-class application”.
- One of only 16 applications Australia-wide, from 337 submissions to be allocated funding under Stage 1 of the Regional Growth Fund, with $22.9 million allocated to our client, Nannup Timber Processing. The assessor described our application as “one of the best applications”.
- Numerous other funding successes
Whitney Consulting’s main aim is to take the confusion and stress out of attracting funding for projects Known as a funding specialist, the business offers a suite of services delivered by experts, with funding applications ranging from grants of $5000 to over $50 million.
Tara also offers businesses and organisations training in writing their own applications.
“We understand funding submissions and know that most people don’t like them,” Tara explains.
“We work with our clients flexibly to help them where they need it; whether they just need the expertise but have limited funds or if they need us to write the whole application because they don’t have the time. We are flexible for our clients and our main goal is to help them to get a quality application in and get the funding they need.”
Meanwhile, like most business owners, Tara is all too familiar with the many hats required. In addition to running Whitney Consulting, she also juggles being a mum to two girls, who are now 8 and 6 years old, a step-mum to a teenager, and working from home. She is also married to the Police Officer in Charge of a regional West Australian town.
Tara sees her role as mother and partner as the most important. As any partner to emergency services personnel appreciates, it is critical to look out for their emotional and mental wellbeing.
She notes being a police officer’s wife comes with its own unique challenges and rewards but ultimately has allowed her to be an integral part of the Pingelly community, where she has had the good fortune to establish her own business.
Tara is available to speak on a range of business and funding topics, including:
- The dos and don’ts of grant applications
- The grant and tender application process
- What makes a quality application
- The boxes that need to be ticked when it comes to writing a business tender
- The types of grants available
- How to achieve success when applying for a grant
For further information, or to arrange an interview, please contact: Tara Whitney at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0422 228 162.