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Become a grant reviewer and improve your grant writing skills

Sometimes grant writers are consumed by their work, becoming too close to their subject matter. When this happens, 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. You can take a fresh look at your grant writing by becoming a grant reviewer.


Learn to see the weaknesses

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. Becoming a grant reviewer can bring these issues to light.


Some grant reviewer gigs even involve getting paid, so that’s an added bonus, but volunteering works, too. You might 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.


Stay current in your field

Becoming a grant reviewer can also help you stay current with the work of other organizations in a particular field. You’ll learn a great deal about how other nonprofits (and even for-profits, depending on the grant) address today’s most pressing issues. You’ll get an intimate view of how they operate, and how they structure their organization. You will also learn a great deal about the inner workings of a range of other nonprofits.


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    28.04.2014 at 07:41 Reply

    This is a great article. I’m curious has to how much experience should a person have as a grant writer before pursuing this. My background is in mortgage reviewing & document management. I recently volunteered to assist with proposal & grant (first one!), and wondered if my current skills would be “legitimate”.

    Thanks for sharing this info!


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      28.04.2014 at 09:41 Reply

      Great question, Charles! It probably depends on the organization or entity for whom you are reviewing, but I find that in general you don’t need to have much if any actual grant writing experience. You need experience only in the fields related to the grant’s subject matter — so if you have an Masters in Public Health, for example, you’ll be more qualified for reviewing CDC grants. Grant writing experience helps, but it’s not as important as subject matter expertise.

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