Grant-writing requires attention to detail, strong communication skills, evaluative thinking and deadline-driven dedication.
A third-party grant writer can provide new perspectives and fresh ideas. I have written and received grants from private corporations, family foundations, government (state and federal) and donor-designated foundations.
My process includes not only a close look at the program or organization requesting funding, but a sweeping look at local and national topics, giving trends and comparable success stories. Specific grant-writing priorities include:
- the foundation or corporation requesting proposals
- grant guidelines
- values and priorities of both parties
- evaluation techniques
- quantifiable and qualifiable measurements
- reporting requirements