As professional grant writers, we’ve been asked to do everything under the sun when preparing a grant; some things are reasonable, and others are outside the scope of our abilities and our contract. Here’s a quick guide on how to work with a contract grant writer.
How to work with a contract grant writer
- Ask your grant writer to craft succinct language about your programs and/or services.
- Have your grant writer do research and contact the foundation they’re looking to pitch.
- 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.
- Ask your grant writer crunch the numbers and make sure the budget is accurate and well presented.
How not to work with a contract grant writer
- 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.
- 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.
- Don’t blame the grant writer if you don’t have your stuff together.
- Don’t expect the grant writer to work with rough budget estimates and incomplete information.
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