Greetings from GrantLessons!
The weather is turning much warmer here in Reno. Spring is a good time for cleaning and renewal! A couple of weeks ago I told you that our chapter was fortunate to have someone in our orientation class who was going to be interested in writing grants. I met her this week and how lucky we are to have someone with so many skills want to join our team 😉 One of the most important things you can do is to engage several people in the process of making up your chapter’s Grant Committee. As we know with every group there is turnover, one thing we want to do is leave a legacy for those who come after us.
We at GrantLessons believe one of the most difficult tasks a Grants Committee Chairman will need to accomplish is finding and training individuals to work on their team. Whether you have a large or small chapter, check out the skills of the individuals who are members of your chapter and the new members who join, you could be surprised who will be able to help in the chapter’s grant writing activities.
Locally as part of our Spring clean-up, we have been working on reviewing our files to make sure that we have all the information for each of the grants we have written this year put in the proper file in the file cabinet so they will be ready for the auditor’s review later in the year. It is also a good time to start to think about the Chapter’s budget and how much money you want to budget for grants during the next fiscal year. The Grants Chairman and Budget/Finance Committee Chairman need to look at this together to make sure there is agreement and that the expectation is realistically set.
I know that we are well past New Year’s Day, but like everything in life we have to set a goal and then start taking steps to accomplishing the goal. What is your next goal in your grant writing activities? Spring is a revitalizing time. Remember, to go to http://www.grantlessons.wordpress.com to find more information about grant writing.
Catch me when you can and I will catch up with you soon. Sandie