As professional grant writers, we’ve been asked to do everything under the sun when preparing a grant. Here are some things you should–and should not–ask of your grant writer.
Do ask your grant writer to craft succinct language about your programs and/or services.
Don’t make your grant writer invent a new program or flesh out the details of a half-baked idea. Grant writers are writers who communicate what you’ve already developed. They are not program staff.
Do have your grant writer do research and contact the foundation they’re looking to pitch.
Don’t send a grant writer alone to a meeting with a potential funder unless they’re actually part of the development staff. Best to send program personnel, or, better yet, the Executive Director.
Do send your grant writer complete and accurate information in a timely fashion. And do expect them to follow up with questions for further details and maybe even interview program staff.
Don’t blame the grant writer if you don’t have your stuff together.
Do have your grant writer crunch the numbers and make sure the budget is accurate and well presented.
Don’t expect the grant writer to work with rough budget estimates and incomplete information.
Are you a grant writer? Have you been asked to do something beyond your job description? Share your thoughts in the comments!