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J.G. Poll & Associates

A Full Service Proposal Writing Firm

About Us

J.G. Poll & Associates is a full service proposal writing firm, offering comprehensive and competitive writing services. Joyce Golbus Poll is the principal of the firm and has been writing winning proposals for over twenty years. She began the firm in 2004 and consistently helps her clients achieve new heights.

The firm’s target market is mid-to-large sized nonprofit organizations seeking growth, innovation, and direction. We work equally well with nationally recognized or affiliate associations, community-based agencies, hospitals, health systems, and local government.

Using the power of the written word to close the deal, J.G. Poll & Associates' focus is on providing strategic benefit to their clients. Grant writing is a process, synonymous with a business professional needing time to research prospects, make cold calls, cultivate the relationship, make the ask, and close the deal. Not every ask will result in a sale, and the business professional must continue to cultivate relationships with those who did not enter into a contract, while at the same time, service the new clients.

Grant writers engage in sales on paper, and grant writing is a fluid, shifting, and dynamic process. The individual needs to be multi-talented and think multi-dimensionally. These are precisely the skill sets the firm’s writers possess.

J.G. Poll & Associates can customize any of the steps in the grant acquisition process to meet your specific needs.


Meet the Team

Joyce’s passion for the field has been integral to her accomplishments. Early in her career, she began one of the first infant-parent centers in Illinois for children under 3 years of age with special needs; this program is still in operation. She continued from that point forward to achieve significant success in securing funding for high-profile initiatives. A sampling of her original work includes:

  • Conceptualizing, creating, and receiving seed funding for MedAccess Chicago, a free pharmaceutical access program for the uninsured (pre-Affordable Care Act).
  • Conceptualizing and authoring one of two Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) proposals funded in Illinois for homeless youth in shelters; it was one of only four proposals funded in the country within that category.
  • Conceptualizing, creating, and receiving seed funding for the Pediatric Community Re-Integration Program, an innovative collaborative among three prominent hospitals.

Prior to founding J. G. Poll & Associates, Joyce held senior management positions at Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago, Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital, and CommunityHealth, a free clinic for the uninsured. Her unique blend of three backgrounds—as a chief executive officer, as a fundraiser, and as a program administrator – gives clients a clear-cut advantage when it comes to proposal writing. Joyce possesses an extraordinary wealth of skills, with particular specialization in the fields of social and human services, children and youth, and public health. The vast majority of proposals written are for funds to support low-income and underserved populations.

In March 2008, Joyce became Chicago's first independent grant writer with the nationally recognized Grant Professional Certification (GPC). The Grant Professionals Certification Institute awarded this accreditation, and she qualified to be among the initial group of candidates in the country to sit for the examination.

Stefanie Graves has more than 25 years’ experience in the health care industry. With a master’s degree in business administration and a baccalaureate degree in nursing, Stefanie worked in both inpatient and community health care settings in numerous capacities. Prior to becoming an independent grant writer, Stefanie was employed by American Academy of Pediatrics, Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago, Children’s Memorial Hospital, and Medicus Systems. In varied roles, she developed an expertise in preparing grant applications and writing proposals for both new and ongoing programs; budgetary analysis and cost containment; program development and implementation; access to care, including special populations; trend analysis; community health services; and development of promotional materials, including brochures and web copy.

Stefanie’s talents make her an outstanding grant writer with superior response rates. Her skills in program analysis and development have resulted in millions of dollars in savings for organizations she has served.





Paul Oostenbrug helps health care and social service organizations obtain government funding through grants and proposals. His focus is with federally funded health care programs such as Medicaid, CHIP, TRICARE, and Medicare, including Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Paul has an extensive history as a participant or lead on multi-person proposal teams for Medicaid (TANF, CHIP, Foster Care, Aged, Blind, Disabled/ABD and Long Term Care/LTC), uninsured, and health care information exchange proposals to state governments on behalf of WellPoint, Anthem, Centene, Aetna, Molina, and AmeriChoice and has garnered high-award rates. He also has an expertise with managed behavioral care organizations (MBHOs), including Magellan and Cenpatico. He wrote proposals that won United HealthCare a $4 billion Medicare Supplement contract with AARP.

Paul’s distinctive talents and extensive experience in the development and management of proposals covering provider networks, care management, quality management, customer service, communications and cultural competency, and systems in multiple state markets for national managed care and behavioral health care organizations are critical in today’s health care arena.







Kerry O’Rourke is a versatile writer and editor who recently earned a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her work focuses on public health, medical, health care, and social services topics. She has expertise in writing grant proposals, business proposals, white papers, annual reports, and newsletters, among other types of publications. For editing projects, she is familiar with AMA, APA, and AP stylebooks. She also has expertise in the peer review process for scholarly journals and books. Kerry began her career as a newspaper reporter and worked for several papers, including The Baltimore Sun. She moved into medical publishing and managed publishing programs for a commercial publisher (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins) and two associations (American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Sports Medicine).

Kerry’s unique understanding of health and human services, alongside her phenomenal writing skills, positions her as a major asset to our team and our clients.