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About Us

Drilling Down on the Dig Deep Story

With over 15 years of experience helping secure capital funding for public and private organizations, Tia Cavender knows the government grant world to its very depths. This work led her to an insightful conclusion: there’s grant money out there, but little knowledge of how to compete for it. Municipalities, in particular, are often unaware or even invest their resources ineffectively.

In 2010, Tia formed Chase Park Grants, a national research firm specializing in government grant-seeking for capital and infrastructure projects. She brought together a high caliber team of grant pros and technical advisors to provide clients with grants research, strategic grants planning and grant development services. While successful, Tia discovered that her knowledge and proprietary database of capital grants was the true key for even more municipalities and other government agencies to achieve results. The database streamlined what can be a time-consuming, frustrating process for grant seekers.

So, Dig Deep was created. Depending on their needs, Dig Deep members can opt for one of three different membership levels, each with its own mix of online resources and strategic planning. All members benefit from a cultivated list of capital funding opportunities. Dig Deep has proven to be the solution that many budget- and time-stretched organizations need—a customized approach that points the way to most viable, long-term funding solutions.

What We Do

Need funding for a capital improvement project?

Dig Deep provides strategic planning and data-driven recommendations to help successfully secure it. Our goal is to unearth the most viable, long-term funding for your project.

Meet Our Team

Tia Cavender

President

Jen Waltz

Director of Operations

Rachel Hood

Strategist

Kevin Eatherly

Strategist

Our online Resource Library will help you find everything you need to write that grant proposal.
Dig Deep Research
1010 S. Joliet St., Suite 207
Aurora, CO 80012

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The Basic Plan

Want assistance digging into the world of strategic grant planning, but prefer the flexibility to explore and excavate at your own pace? Our basic membership is the perfect tool for you. We’ll supply you with a comprehensive list of grant opportunities, 24/7 access to our online collection of information resources, and access to expert technical support to help you answer your grant planning questions.

The Enhanced Plan

Prefer to have an experienced strategist help cultivate your strategic grant plan? With the enhanced membership, you receive one-on-one consultation to evaluate your organization’s projects, funding goals, and potential funding opportunities, providing you with customized recommendations to best position your application for success.

The Premium Plan

Need to grow your efforts to the next level? The premium membership digs even deeper for your organization, creating immediate and long-term positive impact with on-site training for your board and/or grant planning leaders.

Tia Cavender

The founder of Dig Deep™, Tia takes the lead in strategically structuring municipal projects and then matching them with capital funding sources. Known inside Dig Deep’s walls as “the master cultivator,” she is tireless both in her thoughtful structuring of each project and in searching for long-term solutions that meet the needs of everyone at the table. A national expert with more than 15 years of experience in capital grant seeking, Tia is a Certified Grants Professional (GPC) and member of the Grant Professionals Association. In addition, she holds two master’s degrees from the University of Colorado (Industrial/ Organizational Psychology and Clinical Psychology). Fueled by too much caffeine and a relentless drive, Tia is devoted to social justice, environmental sustainability, and quite a few other things that aren’t even remotely serious. She always finds time to cheer on her kids’ athletic and artistic pursuits. (She’s the loud but constructive one.)

Jen Waltz

The generator behind Dig Deep’s daily operations, Jen keeps a firm hand on the company’s proprietary data and research. With more than ten years of experience managing evaluation projects, securing research funding, and conducting usability testing protocols, Jen excels in mixed-methods analysis and evaluation. She also manages the content for Dig Deep’s online resource library and is indispensable when it comes to decoding grant-speak. Off the clock, she finds respite in Colorado’s foothills where she lives with her many, many pets. Of course, there are witty names, too. But we’ll spare you.

Rachel Hood

Rachel is one of Dig Deep’s expert surveyors, with more than 15 years of experience managing teams and building public-private partnerships. She maps out various pathways to energy and water-related funding, and is often tapped for her expertise in renewable energy, energy-water nexus and environmental education. Rachel is passionate about anything that will make the world a better place for her kids and yours. In her off hours, you can catch her on a bike, in a garden or at a party raising more money and volunteers for communities.

Kevin Eatherly

Dig Deep also counts Kevin as a master surveyor, who plots solutions in a different area. With more than 18 years of project management experience, he helps nurture collaboration between public agencies and private stakeholders to develop cost-effective solutions for water conservation, while maintaining a balance between the needs of agricultural and urban audiences. In his downtime, Kevin enjoys meditating and farming—but never at the same time.