Seeking a grant, particularly in today’s technology-driven and competitive economic environment, is an ever-changing and detailed process. Requirements for grant proposals differ widely from funder to funder. Public applications differ from private applications, and each carries its own challenges. Cultivating positive and collaborative relationships, particularly in non-face-to-face scenarios, takes on even greater relevance than what might have been the case years ago, and attention must be paid to how these relationships are conducted and nurtured. And, of course, at the heart of the endeavor is the project itself. What will a grant allow the grant seeker to accomplish? How will this benefit an individual, organization, community, or population? What social change might be achieved through this project? These are but some of the issues you will need to answer as you develop a grant proposal in this course.
For this Discussion, review this week’s Learning Resources and consider experiences you have had with grants. If you have not been involved in the development of an application for a grant, have you been impacted by one? Have you seen the effects of a grant in your community or in a professional setting? Has media attention to a grant drawn your interest?
With this information in mind, Post an introduction about yourself to your colleagues. Describe your previous grant-writing experiences and explain what, in your opinion, are the most challenging aspects of grant writing. If you have not had previous grant-writing experience, what are some challenges you might anticipate and why? Describe the work you are currently involved in for which you might pursue funding.
Ward, D. (2012). Writing grant proposals that win (4th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Appendix A, “Federal and Private Websites” (pp. 195–196)