Sometimes grant writers are so consumed by their work, so close to their subject matter, that they stop looking at it critically. It’s helpful to have fresh eyes on your work, whether that means hiring outside help or somehow refreshing your own skills and knowledge.
One of the most effective ways to take a fresh look at your grant writing is to step over to the other side of the process by becoming a grant reviewer.
Reviewing grants and discussing their merits with other experts can bring to light areas you might improve in your own writing. Sure, the grant makes sense to someone within the organization, whose mind automatically fills in the gaps, but to someone who is unfamiliar with the work, it’s all new, and they need a great grant writer to connect all the dots.
Some grant reviewer gigs even involve getting paid, so that’s an added bonus, but volunteering works, too. You might look to serve on the board of a local foundation, or apply to review federal grants on a peer review panel. Think about your own expertise and background, and then check out relevant branches of the government. Branches like the Department of Labor, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation are always looking to bring on more reviewers for their next granting process.
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