A chicken and the egg dilemma that sometimes feels to be of epic proportions…where to start in your grant pre-planning and design work…project design, or budget design? Never a group to shy away from a tough discussion, #grantchat -ters engaged in a lively conversation about their normal approach to balancing grant project design and grant budget design.
We started with a great theoretical question about the grant professional’s role: “What do you think is the ideal role for a grant professional in program and budget design for grant applications?” The answer was a resounding “it varies” with some great tips about some ideal roles from our community members:
- @JM_Grants A1: Ideal role – (depends) strategist, researcher, team coordinator, delegator, connector, editor, leader
- @GaylaRawlinson A1: Ideal role for a grant prof. in program/budget design? As support – I provide budget templates; participate on logic model
We moved then to talking about our own processes for how to ensure consistency between program and budget design. Never an easy task, but one that the #grantchat community realizes can be a proposals’ Achilles heel.
And while we as grant professionals recognize the fine balance necessary in creating the project design and budget design so that they are cohesive and one does not outweigh the other, how do you as a grant professional ensure that all voices within the organization are heard that may have concerns about program and budget design?
A thought provoking dialogue as always!
Do you want to check out the rest of this #grantchat? Check out the storify for “What Comes First? Project Design or Grant Budget?”