Question Preview: Lessons Learned as a Grant Professional

Question Preview: Lessons Learned 08/25/15 #grantchat Smartegrants

Lessons Learned by Grant Professionals

As grant professionals, we are constantly learning. We learn about new programs, regulations, requirements, funders, partners, and so forth. We are also learning about what it means to be a grant professional. How do we fit in an organization? What expertise do we need to have and what expertise can we expect from others?  All along the way, we are working in a field that is competitive, going through rapid changes, and is filled with unknowns. What do we mean by ‘unknowns’? Well, you may have a grant application denied and never know ‘why’ it was denied. You may prepare for a grant application only to have the grantor unexpectedly change the eligibility criteria or cancel the grant opportunity – with a vague explanation or no explanation as to why they have made those decisions.  For those of us who have been working in the profession for more than a few years, we have received many lessons – the kind of lessons you don’t get in school. The kind of lessons that test your character, build your ‘professional intuition’, and give you the kind of skills needed to make quick decisions even when you have minimal information.

This week on #Grantchat we will be chatting about lessons learned as a grant professional.  We love these types of topics because our community is candid and willing to share great insights – even when they reveal some of our mistakes. Sometimes our greatest lessons are learned when we make our greatest mistakes.


Here are the questions for #Grantchat on 8/25/15


Q1: What is the greatest lesson you have learned about preparing an organization for getting grants? #grantchat

Q2: Have you learned from ‘negative lessons’? If so, give an example please #grantchat

Q3: What lesson could have saved you a lot of time / heartache if you had learned it earlier in your career? #grantchat

Q4: If your lesson was a bumper sticker what would it say? (keep it safe for work) #grantchat

Q5: What lesson about grant development have you had to ‘unlearn’? #grantchat

Q6: What is the best lesson(s) you have received by participating in #Grantchat ?

Q7:  If you could teach a course on lessons for grant professionals, what would your topic be? Why? #grantchat

Q8: Who has helped you learn about being a grant professional? Where do you find lessons? #grantchat

Q9: What lesson have you learned the hard way? What made it so hard? #grantchat

Q10: Any other lessons you care to share so we can learn from you? #grantchat

We are looking forward to having you join us on August 25, 2015, at 12 pm ET for “Lessons Learned ” on @Grant_Chat, sponsored by Smartegrants @smartegrants and co-moderated by Jo Miller @JM_grants and Diane Leonard @DianeHLeonard


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