As I continue the series of posts about the myths of grantwriting, I’ve got to include this one: Getting a grant is just about filling in the blanks.
I’m not sure why this one is so prevalent among naive grantwriters (I guess because they’re naive) but let’s address it head on.
Myth 2: A successful grant is just about filling in the boxes correctly.
A substantial part of the success for any grant proposal is following directions. But the “boxes” that need to be filled in need to be filled in with well-researched problem statements and creative ideas regarding how to solve those problems.
On top of that, the proposal needs to include clear plans how to get the program off the ground and this implementation of the solution needs to be monitored and the outcomes evaluated.
In addition, a great deal of infrastructure needs to be in place and documented before the funder will believe you are capable of handling the administration of the grant. As you can see, a lot goes into a grant proposal.
And that’s just on the part of the organization. The grantwriter needs to have a great deal of preparation and lead time. While it’s neither impossible nor easy to get a grant, it requires someone with a considerable amount of knowledge and expertise to put together all the details that go into a successful grant.
Excellence (and success) in grantwriting is based upon general excellence in staffing, organization and leadership. It’s not JUST about filling in boxes or blanks on an application form.
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