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.
This is a myth we love debunking! Grants are actually very easy to find. There are lots of resources online these days to help you find the perfect grant(s) that could align with your project perfectly. There are many FREE ways to find grants and there are also paid memberships that give you access to grants. Here at Whitney Consulting we provide a free monthly newsletter that you can sign up for on our website that has current and soon to open grant opportunities. We also provide a FREE a comprehensive grant search for your project where we send you a report listing some grants that may be suitable for you. You just need to contact us and ask!
I hope that today’s blog post debunked some common misconceptions about grant writing and clears the path for you to feel more confident in grant applications. Make sure you put your name on our free newsletter – this is a great resource for grant seekers and if you have a project you need funding for then get in touch with us and we will happily do a search. If you want us to write your next grant, you need some feedback on your draft application or just have some questions we are only too happy to help!