What makes a grant application effective? Is it only the final award of an application? Or are there are factors that help define an application as effective regardless of the final funding decision? And most importantly, what can we
Are there are factors that help define an application as effective regardless of the final funding decision?
What can we as grant professionals do to craft the most effective grant applications possible?
Huge questions to tackle. However, #grantchat -ters are always always up to the challenge, and dove right into discussing the first of the Grant Professional Certification competencies. Some of the discussion focused on how we as grant professionals can be more efficient in creating effective applications. Other conversations focused on best practices related to utilizing a grant team, engaging collaborative partners, and designing logic models.
Convening a “grant team” and soliciting their input early on as well as throughout the grant application design and drafting process is a critical component of creating an effective grant application. In some situations, working groups have already been established and in others, you as the grant professional are charged with identifying and assembling a grant team for an application. A great tip on how to successfully achieve this from this week’s dialogue was to:
Through our discussion, it became clear that everyone agreed that there are numerous elements that are key components in the creation of an effective grant application. The interaction of the competencies with each other quickly became clear through this first chat in the series. With such a lively conversation about GPC competency #1, I am excited to see how the discussion grows over the upcoming seven weeks! The calendar of which competency is being discussed on which week in the series is available here.