Lesson #32 – Hiring an Application Writer

Greetings from GrantLessons!

Warmer weather is coming to Reno! GrantStation has published The Spring 2014 State of Grantseeking Report. There is good news for us in that according to the report, “Compared to the Fall 2013 Report, private foundation awards increased by 5%, community foundation awards increased by 9%, and corporation awards in the form of gifts or products increased by 14% .” Additionally, the report adds, “Private foundations were most often the source of the largest grant award”. You can read the full free report by going to the homepage at http://www.grantstation.com .

After the Board does its assessment it may decide that hiring an application writer for foundation grants and corporate contributions is what needs to happen for their organization.

Here are a few questions to ask potential candidates:

1. What strategies do you use to find a funder for our programs?

2. Do you have access to a funder search database, such as, GrantStation or Foundation Directory Online? How long have you used this search database?

3. Have you written foundation grants?

4. When was the last grant you wrote actually funded?

5. What is the dollar value of the grants you have received over the last two years?

6. Have you obtained any corporate donations in the last two years?

7. Are you familiar with our philanthropic programs?

8. What has been the main focus of your grants, i.e., education, human services, i. e., programs for children?

9. What kind of relationships do you have with funders in our community?

10. Are you able to complete an online application for funding?

11. How long does it take you to complete an application?

12. Do you use an online file management system like Dropbox?

Lastly, how you pay a grant writer should not be based on a commission nor should you pay anyone to find a funder for your Chapter. Additionally, compensation should not be written into a grant.

Remember the work you are doing is very important, take a minute and pat yourself on the back for a job well done!

Catch me when you can and I will catch up with you soon! Sandie




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