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Grant Writing for Nonprofits, Building Your Outstanding Grant Team

by Dan Linn on Oct 11, 2018 3:41:57 PM

As you develop your budget and staffing plans for FY 2018, most likely those plans include growing your grantgrant_writing_for_nonprofits writing team with top nonprofit talent.

Clearly grant writing for nonprofits can be a profitable fundraising enterprise.

A 2016 giving study published by Philanthropy Southwest revealed that 25,611 grants were awarded in Colorado with an average size of $31,049.00.  

Hiring the right people is a crucial step to achieving your mission.

As the job market improves, there are those who believe that the competition for talent is growing more aggressive.

Job seekers do have more choices, in both the for-profit and the nonprofit segments.

But as Aaron Hurst, author of The Purpose Economy explains we have entered into a new economic era where top employers are expected to connect people with their purpose.

Today finding a job that is a perfect fit is all about having an impact in society, earning a degree of personal growth and finding the right community.

The good news is that nonprofits like yours can offer these types of job opportunities.

These days, it’s more about finding the right talent and attracting those who wouldn’t thrive in the same way anywhere else than it is about competing for talent.

As you articulate the objectives and outcomes you expect from a grant teams work, you will doubtless find yourself developing a recruitment process designed to employ skill sets needed to achieve those objectives and outcomes.

Begin by identifying your organizations objectives for securing grants. In this way you will be able to identify and measure your grant committee’s achievements.

Adopting a targeted recruitment process is key to developing a successful team.

Your recruits may be passionate about your organization’s mission or they may be only slightly interested.

But the key is that they want to enhance their own skills.

You are building a team of individuals who are eager to challenge themselves and want to develop their own skills.

Here are the roles you will find most useful in staffing your grant writing team;

Grant researcher; your researcher will look for undiscovered grant funding opportunities. New reports are published online every day. A good funder prospect is one who has the capability and the inclination to fund your project.

Grant writer; your writer will take all the information your team generates and turn it into a compelling request for support. Part of this process is completing the application in a timely manner.  

Graphic designer; will take the data you provide and develop charts and graphs or create visuals that will strengthen the request.

Copyeditor; reviews the entire proposal before it is submitted, making sure it is grammatically correct.

Bookkeeper; will generate the budget for the request.

Proposal coordinator; reviews all the grant guidelines and assembles the final package.

Executive or chief editor; Using this approach, you will need to use the skill sets of a final editor who will review and re-write your information, so it is presented as one voice. Without the finishing touches of the chief editor, the proposal won’t flow correctly.

The actual titles and roles of individuals you may draft to your team will vary by community, but the idea of having a formal team put together early in the grant discussion will strengthen your application process.

Remember to keep all members of the team up to speed on any changes to the initial program which prompted the application process.

Promote sub meetings where a small portion of your team may meet to discuss specifics as they relate to their part of the process.

Your grant team can guide your application through the review process to funding success and help prevent avoidable questions from reviewers.

Not to be overlooked in the fundraising scheme is the individual donor.

Statistics published by Giving USA show that individual donors gave $286.65 billion dollars in 2017. Which represents a 4.1% increase from 2016.

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Topics: Fundraising, Grant Writing