As a grant writer there are some myths about grant writing that I hear time and again. In today’s blog I hope to clear up the top 5 myths I encounter most, in the hope it helps your organisation on its grant journey.
Often someone will hire a grant writer and assume they have offloaded all the work, that they can just sign the contract, send through a quick summary of the project and the application will be done and submitted without a second thought. This isn’t how it works – as a grant writer we will invariably ask you questions you don’t have the answers to and you will need to get those answers or make some decisions. You will need to have thoroughly planned your project – sourced quotes, design drawings, approvals, letters of support etc and if you haven’t, your grant writer won’t be able to put together the best quality application. So, we will recommend you do these things so that your chances of getting funding increase. Our job as grant writers is to collate all the information and put together an application that funders will want to fund. It is not to decide what project you are going to deliver, how you are going to deliver it and how much money you need. Please remember that it is a collaborative effort to put together the best application, and not something you can wash your hands of.