Grant writer and consultant:

Part of your sustainability solution

Kathleen pioneered Capital IDEA's development strategy, which raised millions for us and landed our first federal grant.  I highly recommend her as a grant writer and development professional.

Steven Jackobs
Executive Director
Capital IDEA
Kathleen Burnside        (512)773-3382
​grant;successful grant proposals; grant writing; grant writer

strong proposals that spark funders' imaginations and give them a desire to invest in your work.  We will collaborate to develop a work plan that might include any combination of:

  • Coaching staff and board to successfully meet with funders
  • Working collaboratively with staff and partners to develop project plans
  • Editing proposals that others have written
  • Assisting with hiring and training new grant writers
  • Researching opportunities 
  • Developing proposals from start to finish
  • Developing budgets
  • Developing work plans and timelines, and determining staff needed for implementation
  • Strategic planning

Would you like to stop worrying about money?


Wouldn't we all? I can help you develop a plan that alleviates that worry so that your organization can thrive and make a difference in the world.

Successful Proposals

Successful proposals will begin with you sharing your passion. Funders want to know how your organization changes lives and what your goals are for the future.  From there we will develop a plan to secure the funding you need to bring about that future.  We succeed by bringing together your expertise in delivering services and my expertise in developing 

Sampling of funders who have responded positively (funded) my proposals:

Public Funders:


State and National Foundations:


Regional Foundations:

  • Austin:  Austin Community Foundation
  • Austin:  Hammill Foundation
  • Austin:  KDK Harmon Foundation
  • Austin:  Lola Wright Foundation
  • Austin:  Seawell Elam Foundation
  • Austin:  Sooch Foundation 
  • Austin:  Topfer Family Foundation
  • Austin:  Women's Fund of Central Texas
  • Dallas:  Carl and Florence King Foundation
  • Dallas:  Harold Simmons Foundation
  • Dallas:  South Dallas/Fair Park Trust
  • Dallas:  United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
  • Rio Grande Valley:  Tijerina Foundation

What Really Matters

The most important thing

is to share your passion

and define your goals