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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