Progressive Grants was developed to help support community leaders by sharing grant-writing education, coaching, and administrative services. We help non-profit leaders, entry-level grant writers, and business owners expand or develop their funding strategies. Our goal is to help organizations be intentional about their funding development using progressive resources and processes so they can make a positive impact in their communities.
Progressive Grants was founded in 2021 when it was clear that small nonprofit organizations and businesses needed administrative grant support and services. Most small businesses and under-resourced non-profit organizations missed out on supplemental funding when the government released the Coronavirus Relief Fund grant opportunities.
The CARES Act provided for payments to State, Local, and Tribal governments navigating the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. The bigger businesses and nonprofits managed to take advantage of the financial assistance because they had the knowledgeable administrative staff to pursue the federal relief funds. Meanwhile, the leaders from smaller organizations were unaware of the funding opportunities, grant applications, or how to navigate the submittal process. Unfortunately, many organizations had missed funding opportunities due to being understaffed or budget constraints, resulting in reduced operations or business closures. Now, Progressive Grants is there to help small business owners and non-profit enterprises maximize their opportunities to access funding from the American Rescue Plan Act.
Josephine Zomayah Attisha is a public servant and writer. After college, she realized her writing abilities could do more than provide artistic expression. Today, Josephine applies her private industry experience to philanthropic missions and small businesses through her streamlined approach to grant-seeking or other administrative processes. She has helped nonprofit organizations, NGOs, and enterprises manifest or expand their missions or services with awards exceeding millions of dollars over the last decade. Her proposal writing specialty serves the following categories: Community Development, Cultural Preservation, Religious and Ethnic Minorities (Assyrian, Chaldean, Syriac, BIPOC, etc.), Infrastructure or Construction, and Youth Programming.
Josephine graduated from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor’s in English, specializing in medieval literature, philosophy, and history. She also earned a Master’s in Public Administration at Central Michigan University. She co-authored a coming-of-age novel Before There Were Borders. She is fluent in several dialects of Aramaic and can also read and write classical and modern Aramaic. Josephine’s passions include spending time with her family, volunteering in the community, creative writing, training for races, playing sports, reading, and cooking traditional Assyrian food.
"Ms. Attisha has been instrumental in building our organization's capacity to access available grants. Her professionalism, deep understanding of the grant process as well as empathy for the cause itself allow her to uniquely structure the grant submissions for a successful outcome."
"As a 501(c)3 grassroots organization, we rely mostly on public donations to fund our projects. Realizing the limitations this reality posed for our long-term sustainability, we turned to Josephine for guidance. She coached us throughout the entire process, provided helpful templates and resources, taught us how to identify grants aligned with our mission, created processes to ensure we stay organized, and helped us develop proposal content that helped us secure grants! She's a one-stop shop and is motivated to help non-profits succeed!"
“Josephine Attisha provided grant writing and fund development support in order to build the future growth of the Chaldean Cultural Center. She developed a comprehensive grant submission plan, identified prospective grant opportunities, polished grant proposals and helped us secure grants. She was able to juggle many projects and deadlines and brought forth practical thinking along with creativity.”