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Now you can easily book a consultation with Dr. Richard Hoefer to discuss anything related to grantwriting (does not include writing a grant proposal).

Using the button above, book a consultation phone call with Dr. Richard Hoefer.  During any session you may ask questions about:

  • Writing a proposal for a specific foundation or government agency
  • The best way to find grant opportunities
  • What specific terms mean
  • How to find evidence-based programs that fit a funder’s requirements
  • And anything else related to grantwriting.

30-minute sessions are available.

Myths of Grantwriting: Getting a Grant is Nearly Impossible

I’ve been thinking a  lot about grantwriting lately as I polish a new book manuscript, tentatively titled “Funded! Writing Successful Grants for Your Nonprofit in the Age of Scarcity”.  (Look for ads for that soon!)

In the meantime, I have published a nearly 50-page report called How Do I Get Started as a Grantwriter? which is available for purchase for just $4.97.

But in the process of writing these things, I became curious about what the biggest myths about grantwriting are.  I’ve come up with five, and they will be my next series of posts.

Here’s the first one:

Myth 1:  Getting a grant is nearly impossible.

Competition is tough for some grants, but in the end someone is always chosen.  With the right skills and efforts, there is no reason why your proposal shouldn’t be among those selected.  It’s a myth that getting a grant is impossible, but it should be understood that considerable work is involved.  Also, there are degrees of difficulty.  Large Federal government grants are probably the most difficult to be awarded.  If you’re just starting out, these are NOT the place to start, if you can help it.  At the same time, foundations must award 5% of their assets every year, so if you do your homework and select foundations that have an interest in the work you propose, and you craft a good proposal, you can definitely increase the odds of your success.

I’m a firm believer in the adage that writers write–and you’ve got to keep learning and trying to improve.  With practice and paying attention to feedback, you’ll get better.  Then the odds of getting that grant will improve.

Can’t wait to share Myth #2 soon!

What are the myths that you’ve encountered?  Comment below–I’d love to hear!


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Getting Lucky as a Grantwriter (One More Way)

Covered Wagon

If you grew up in the Kansas City area (as I did) you learned early on about the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails which started on the Missouri side in an area called “Westport”.

I loved reading about the adventurous people who left behind almost everything to risk their lives to make a better life for themselves.  It was tough (as the kid’s game “Oregon Trail” made clear) and success was far from certain.

These pioneers needed a bit of luck to make it to their intended destinations.  Luck that the weather wouldn’t be too bad; luck that they wouldn’t be attacked while on the open plains; luck that the snow wouldn’t be too deep in the Rockies.

One way that the travelers tried to push the balance of luck in their favor was to hire a seasoned guide–someone who knew the trail, who had ridden it many times before, and who had helped others get to the end of the trail successfully.

The trail boss was invaluable and worth a fair fee.

Could people get to Santa Fe, or Oregon without a guide?  Sure–but the odds were better going with others and with an experienced mentor.  Makes sense, doesn’t it, to work with someone who knows the process of getting from point A to point B?

How does this apply to grantwriters and luck?  Here’s where I see the parallel:  new grantwriters or people who want to become grantwriters can learn on their own, but it is going to be a lot faster process if they have a guide.

As you can tell if you’ve been reading these posts, I love grantwriting.  I love doing it and I love teaching about it.

I love working with students who have little or no knowledge about grantwriting.

And I love it the most hearing from former students who have received their first successful grant award.

If you’re interested in starting a new career as a grantwriter, and would like to learn how to do this with an experienced guide at your side, contact me at

I’m looking for just a few people who want to learn from the ground up.

Or maybe you’re already experienced but feel that you could improve.  I’d like to help you take your grantwriting to the next level.

Just yet I don’t have a program lined up, but it is very close.  Go to

to get on the list to find out when this unique opportunity to work with me as your mentor begins!

I can only accept a small number of mentees at any one time.  Contact me if you’re interested to see if there are any openings now.

Thanks, and see you on the trail, looking for excellence for nonprofits!


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