Ron Simmons Consulting
Grant/Script Writing, Program Design and Consulting
Ron Simmons Consulting
Grant/Script Writing, Program Design and Consulting

Our Services

Our Services

Grant Writing

RSC has extensive experience in grant writing for nonprofit organizations. RSC has secured over $30 million in grants from the federal and state governments, corporations and foundations.

Scriptwriting

RSC develops both radio commercials and public service announcements. Links to two 30-second commercials promoting public health can be found here.

Social Marketing

RSC designs social marketing campaigns that focus on the public good.

Program Design

RSC designs behavioral interventions at the group and community-level.

Grant Writing

RSC specializes in writing grant proposals for nonprofit organizations. RSC has written and been awarded over $30 million in grants from the federal and state governments, corporations and foundations.

Scriptwriting

RSC has written several radio commercials, most notable were two 30-second commercials created for the agency Us Helping Us, Inc., titled “Ma” and “The DL Helpline.”

Social Marketing & Program Design

RSC designs social marketing campaigns and behavioral interventions at the group and community-level.

Program Design

RSC designs behavioral interventions at the group and community-level.

Grant Writing Award Notes

In terms of government grants, one 5-year cooperative agreement totaling $2.5 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funded the provision of mental health services from the initial program planning to certification as a free-standing mental health clinic and Medicaid provider. Other grants and cooperative agreements from government agencies secured by RSC included:

Six 5-year cooperative agreements from Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Two 3-year cooperative agreements from the CDC

One 3-year cooperative agreement from the Office of Minority Health (OMH)

Over 65 multi-year grants from the DC Department of Health

Four 1-year grants from the Prince George’s County Health Department

One 1-year grant from the DC Health Benefits Exchange

Award Note 1

Six 5-year cooperative agreements from Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

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Two 3-year cooperative agreements from the CDC

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One 3-year cooperative agreement from the Office of Minority Health (OMH)

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Over 65 multi-year grants from the DC Department of Health

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Four 1-year grants from the Prince George’s County Health Department

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One 1-year grant from the DC Health Benefits Exchange

RSC Past Partners

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    Three 1-year grants

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    Three 1-year grants

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    One 4-year grant

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    One 1-year grant

Scriptwriting Samples

RSC has written several radio commercials, most notable were two 30-second commercials created for the agency Us Helping Us, Inc., titled “Ma” and “The DL Helpline.” The challenge was to create commercials targeted to stigmatized populations, i.e., HIV-infected Black gay men (BGM) and Black heterosexual men who had sex with men (referred to as “Down Low” men), that were informative and reduced community stigma.

“Ma” featured two Black women, a mother and daughter, in a restaurant setting. The daughter asked advice for a friend who was Black, gay and HIV-positive. The mother advises him to call “Us Helping Us.” The commercial was the first ever aired targeted to HIV-infected Black gay men. By having Black women talk supportively about BGM, it reduced community stigma. One woman commented that she heard her sons reciting the commercial in the back seat of their car.

“Ma” Commercial:  Mother and daughter discuss HIV and condoms.

The “DL Helpline” commercial was about a telephone line that DL men could call for advice on HIV prevention. The commercial featured a Black man telling a stranger on the street about the Down Low Helpline, especially for “people who have sex more ways than most folks.” The commercial was featured on the National Public Radio (NPR) news program, All Things Considered. It was noted for the commercial’s originality in informing a stigmatized population about an available service.

“Down Low” Commercial: For men who have sex more ways than most folks

Our Work

RSC has written several radio commercials, most notable were two 30-second commercials created for the agency Us Helping Us, Inc., titled “Ma” and “The DL Helpline.” The challenge was to create commercials targeted to stigmatized populations, i.e., HIV-infected Black gay men (BGM) and Black heterosexual men who had sex with men (referred to as “Down Low” men), that were informative and reduced community stigma.

Script 1

“Ma” featured two Black women, a mother and daughter, in a restaurant setting. The daughter asked advice for a friend who was Black, gay and HIV-positive. The mother advises him to call “Us Helping Us.” The commercial was the first ever aired targeted to HIV-infected Black gay men. By having Black women talk supportively about BGM, it reduced community stigma. One woman commented that she heard her sons reciting the commercial in the back seat of their car.

“Ma” Commercial:  Mother and daughter discuss HIV and condoms.

Script 2

The “DL Helpline” commercial was about a telephone line that DL men could call for advice on HIV prevention. The commercial featured a Black man telling a stranger on the street about the Down Low Helpline, especially for “people who have sex more ways than most folks.” The commercial was featured on the National Public Radio (NPR) news program, All Things Considered. It was noted for the commercial’s originality in informing a stigmatized population about an available service.

“Down Low” Commercial: For men who have sex more ways than most folks

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