Finding Success In the Competitive World of Grants

'It's a foolproof formula for writing grant applications.'  If only there were such a thing! #grantchat

Our last question this week on #grantchat was “What other common “intro” or best practice questions are you frequently asked? And what is your answer?”

#grantchat co-moderator @DianeHLeonard shared the cartoon above as the answer to the common question she gets, “Is there a formula or secret to the success of grant writing?”

While we as grant professionals understand that there is no one formula for success, we also understand that there are common competencies and skills that when combined and implemented using best practices, will lead to success through grant applications.  The chat this week highlighted that theory as the contributor’s to Blackbaud’s recent e-book on Finding Success in the Competitive World of Grants shared their thoughts, but the rest of the #grantchat community also weighed in with their perspectives.

The chat, and the e-book itself, highlight the importance of being in constant dialogue with your fellow grant professionals in order to understand the current best practices in the field, to share tips, and to share tools that you are currently using to be more efficient and help ensure that you are following the best practices.

If you missed this week’s #grantchat and want to read some of the discussion yourself, you can do so on Storify here.

Still interested in hearing other perspectives from experienced grant professionals about some of the best practices they follow in order to find success for their organizations and/or clients?   Blackbaud is still offering its *free* e-book for download: A Decent Proposal: Finding Success in the Competitive World of Grants.  It’s a short compilation of thoughtful pieces by other very respected colleagues on a number of key items to consider when working to be as competitive as possible in the grant seeking field.  Contributors include Diane H. Leonard, GPC of DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services, Clay Myers-Bowman of Myers-Bowman Consulting, Adam Roth of Streamlink Software, and Jessica Wilson of Washington Strategic Consulting.


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