One of the things that I find so unique and energizing about the #grantchat community and our weekly chats is the diversity of experience levels and types of subject matter expertise that are brought together. As we looked to “Test Our Grant Knowledge” and talk about some of the more basic grant knowledge to not only quiz everyone’s knowledge, but set the stage for our upcoming series based on the core professional competencies for grant professionals as outlined and adopted by the Grant Professionals Association and Grant Professionals Certification Institute Competencies.
So while we were not formally grading our answers or marking them correct and incorrect, you could see some of the slight nuances in individual responses that are the result of the different fields that we each work in as grant professionals from academia to generalist. You could also get a sense from our individual answers how our perspectives shift a bit based on the number of years that we have been in the field or the varied experiences we have had as a grant professional even if new to the field. The varied responses illustrated how regardless of how long anyone has served as a grant professional, it is our own personal professional development challenge to always test our own knowledge and continue to expand our knowledge as it relates to our core professional competencies.
One of my favorite questions and discussions this week was started by the question of “What factors make a funding opportunity a strong match for an applicant?” This answer varies so much by individual organization based on the organization’s culture and processes. Some organizations clearly define their own factors that they feel make them a strong match using tools like Just Write Solution’s Grant Decision Matrix. Others define their factors with more of a subjective approach. #grantchat -ters summarized their thoughts on what best practice factors make for a strong match in a number of eloquent responses, but Jennifer Much Grund summarized most of our comments with one simple response:
– @WK_Kellogg_Fdn has a wonderful Logic Model Development Resource Guide to help with gaining a better understanding of logic models and strengthening them as part of your organization’s program design and proposal writing.
– Professional Development Resources:
GPA (@GPANational), of course (webinars, GPC)!!! Also courses through Grantsmanship Center & Foundation Center
Check with your local library! Mine offers grantsmanship courses at little to no cost.
Grantsmanship Center (@Grantsmanship) training offered in my community
And of course, some nuggets of great recommendations came out from #grantchat community members that everyone was favoriting, jotting down on post-its, and RTing in order to think about how to implement the idea in to their own organization.
Setting up community advisory committees within org by program area very helpful when pursuing. – @GaylaRawlinson
The key elements of logic models: Problem, Goal, Objectives, Input/Resources, Methods, Results
– blood, sweat and TEARS! – @JM_Grants