Expert support for grant-seekers and grant-makers


Grant Fundraising

Grant Assessment

Grant Management


For Grant-Seekers

Bid-writing and project development

  • Proposal writing and budgeting

  • Project baselining and situation analysis

  • Results chain and theory of change development

  • Logframing/outcome mapping (qualitative and quantitative)

  • Core and proxy SMART indicators

  • Stakeholder mapping

  • Risk assessment

For Grant-Makers

Bid assessment and programme development

  • Review and scoring of narrative proposals 

  • Review of budgets

  • Assessment reporting and justification

  • Grant-seeker support and feedback

  • Funding programme development and application/guidance materials

  • Support on donor best practice 

For Both

Project management, monitoring and evaluation

  • Stakeholder management

  • Risk management

  • Intermediate indicator monitoring and corrective action 

  • Formative and summative evaluation

  • Participatory and community-based evaluation

  • M&E capacity building 

  • End-line assessment and reporting


GrantSmart provides expert support to non-profits seeking funding, and funders supporting non-profits

Our core belief is that the interests of donors and non-profits are fundamentally the same


Past and Current Clients




James facilitated participative sessions with the staff, senior management team, and board of the Maghreb Economic Forum to develop our organisation strategy including our vision, mission, strategic approach, and separate programmatic theories of change, with monitoring and evaluation methodologies. The result was a strategy which has anchored our fundraising and advocacy as we continue to grow.

Dr Amel Karboul, Chief Executive, Maghreb Economic Forum


Whizz-Kidz needed support with our Trust, Statutory and Lottery fundraising and James very quickly took control to ensure we kept a steady flow of quality proposals going out.  He played a key role in developing our funding from some of our biggest supporters, including most importantly the Big Lottery Fund. He also provided sound advice, research, and project management as we have reviewed and improved internal processes, including a new theory of change and monitoring and evaluation framework, and on our advocacy activities.

Ruth Owen OBE, Chief Executive, Whizz-Kidz


GrantSmart supported HelpAge International with a bid to the German BMZ for resilience-building in South Sudan, a proposal that required a lot of technical information, and working with an international team of partners - including in-country.  Despite some challenges, James managed it all with calm professionalism and I’m delighted to say the bid was successful.

Tony Hopkins, formerly Director of Fundraising (interim) HelpAge International


James provided support on our fundraising, including our trust and foundation income and our major donor funding, very quickly securing us a BBC Radio 4 appeal.  He has worked with our partners in the UK and globally to promptly develop high quality proposals, including complex medical detail, and detailed budgets.

Catherine McCarthy, Chief Executive, Medical Aid Films


Who We Are

James Bramble has over fifteen years experience as a grant assessor, manager and fundraiser.  Over that time he has assessed and managed grants for the Big Lottery Fund, Sport England, and the Association of London Government (now London Councils) 

In addition to the clients above, his career in fundraising has included Amnesty International, the Natural History Museum, the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, the Mental Disability Advocacy Centre, and the British Film Institute

James is also a trustee of Raising Futures Kenya ( and has written for a range of publications including Time Out, Weapons of Reason and Little White Lies.  His portfolio can be found at

GrantSmart is supported by a team of experts in fundraising and grant management


Our donor experience

Our experience includes the following donors, and many other statutory, trust and foundation grant-makers.  Please contact us for for further details, and to discuss your specific needs


Contact Us

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+ 44 7941 807 508

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