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Ever wondered why your grant proposals have not been yielding results? Yea, you guessed right; the wrong approach to grant writing.
Nevertheless, this post is sets you on the right path and gives you a template for the right approach.
But it’s first important to note that becoming an awardee of any grant has more to do with proposals which is a function of grant writing. In other words, the right approach to grant writing gets you the grant money at the end of the day.
But before diving into details, let’s take a closer look at what grant writing is all about.
What is Grant Writing?
Grant writing is a medium of completing an application for grants provided by institutions like foundations, trusts, the government and corporations. These processes, however, fall under the generic name, grant proposals.
As mentioned earlier, effective grant writing requires a clear understanding of the grant proposal process; which mainly involves
- Analysis of the intended audience
- Analysis of purpose of the proposal
- Researching on the subject of the grant proposal
- Writing the grant proposal.
- Formatting the grant proposal
- Proofreading and editing the grant proposal
- Submitting the grant proposal
So, the grant proposal process gives a clue of what the right approach should be to grant writing.
Listed below are the necessary steps to effective grant writing.
Search for the right funding opportunities
Tons of corporations organize programs offering funding opportunities to help small businesses, colleges, research institutes, art organizations, and universities. But you should realize early enough that not all of these grants are right funding opportunities for you.
In other words, you need to be strategic in your search; otherwise, your grant writing will all be for nothing.
Do you wonder why you don’t get feedbacks after spending quality time writing proposals? This is the reason.
How to be strategic in your search for grants
- Search for grants in your field only –not related fields. So, a farmer should only search for agriculture grants.
- Most fields have sub-niches. So except your business covers every sub-niche in your field, write grant proposals specifically to the sub-niche your business covers.
- Ensure your objectives align with the grants’.
- Finally, always look out for eligibility. You basically don’t want to spend days with your writing only to find out you weren’t eligible in the first place.
Run Background Checks
Background checks are simply researches – which is the second most crucial part of your grant writing process.
However, taking a cue from the grant proposal process. You would realize the first three steps basically talks about research even before writing starts. Little wonder why researching is an essential commodity for grant writing.
But what should you be researching on? Well, research focal points include:
- Audience Research
- Purpose Research
Effective grant proposals focus on the interests and objectives of the award agencies. Audience research helps you mould your grant writing to follow the ideals of the funding agencies.
Furthermore, it also helps you get accustomed to their culture to avoid misunderstandings –something you do not want to have to deal with. So you need to establish a connection right from your introduction to your Appendices.
However, these pieces of information are not all that difficult to access. Several large grant-making corporations provide such information on their online platforms.
Understanding the purpose of the grant proposal gives you ample time to structure your grant writing in the right format.
Consequently, deviations are usually unavoidable half of the time, but this research fosters focus, prospective and helps you stick to the game plan.
Drafting and formatting
A successful purpose research already gives you a baseline and structure to follow in this section, because this is not generic. Basically, the structure of grant proposals differs and is dependent on a lot of factors like the type of organization, type of project, and so on.
However, notwithstanding the variations of structure in the grant writing process, a basic format includes the following:
- Plan of Work
- Qualifications and Experience
Unlike any other proposal, grant writing does not end with grant proposals. It further spins into the post-award phase, which requires full audit reports and a step by step analysis on financial expenditure. This is a crucial part of the life cycle of a grant that ensures transparency and fights funding misuse.
So until these requirements are met, closeout of the grant award does not happen.
However, If you need professional help with this, you can reach out on the comment section.