I have been grant writing for 20 years and raised over $60 million and yet I just did something for the very first time that I didn’t think was possible. I wrote a grant proposal at a leisurely pace over the course of a year. So, I thought I’d share with you about the lessons that I learned from the experience.
About a year ago, I got a phone call from the Director of a Ronald E. McNair program – it’s part of the Dept of Education’s TRIO suite that includes Upward Bound and Talent Search. I have successfully written several of these and they are HIGHLY HIGHLY competitive. He had not been involved in writing the initial proposal and so asked if I would mentor him through the process of resubmission.
Now, like most grantwriters I am used to working to tight deadlines and putting something together in a matter of weeks and, on rare occasion, days. I had never had the opportunity to write a proposal over the course of a year.