Written by: Jane Ford, Joy Path and Speaker at the October 22 Non-profit Toolbox event.
How often have you heard someone way “I am writing a grant”? Every time I hear that phrase, I want to jump in and correct the person because no one really writes a grant. Hopefully, the foundation will write you a grant check because you have submitted a fabulous grant proposal. That’s what you actually write: a proposal. The grant is what you want to get.
The term “grant writing” and the job title “grant writer” appear to be commonly accepted terminology in the grant seeking arena and I decided long ago that it wasn’t useful for me to correct everyone who makes this statement. However, in my writing, classes and workshops I make sure people understand that they are writing proposals and that the foundations are giving the grants.
Now you may think this is a minor point. I can hear you asking “Why is she even talking about it? How is this focus on something so small going to help me access grant funding?” It will help you because focusing on the details when seeking grants is of key importance. In my years of reading grant proposals for a national funder, I was continually amazed by how many submissions didn’t meet basic criteria such as including an audit, not sending extraneous information or exceeding page limits.
To you, these may seem like minor points but to the funder they are important for two reasons. First, funders often receive large numbers of proposals and can’t waste their time on incomplete or inappropriate materials. Second, funders know that organizations that respect their requirements are more likely to use their grant funds as intended. So the next time you seek a grant (not write a proposal), take time to completely understand the funder’s requirements before you begin.
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