Within the professional writing in nonprofit world exists a mountain of work, more competitive than K2 and longer than the Andes– the mountain of grant writing. While this part of development often gets overlooked by a nonprofit’s community engagement, it is a necessary part of initiating, maintaining and expanding an organization. While a fundamental component of doing good in the world, very few people want to sit down at a computer for 8 hours a day and work on proposals that may never get funded.
Grant writing, is extremely competitive. It requires hours of research, audience and genre analyses, and concise and strategic writing, while concurrently following strict formatting guidelines and character counts. It’s challenging work, but it can absolutely pay off.
The endlessness of grant writing can be seen as a blessing. Not only is there a chance of initiating and sustaining poignant programs, but this work can be done anywhere and anytime. Often times grant writers can choose their own hours and work remotely, leaving time to experience and enjoy the world they’re attempting to improve.
While proposal writing may not be the most fun type of writing out there, it can be made easier, and therefore a bit more enjoyable. Within most proposals, the same sections are often required. These sections such as an executive summary, intro, need statement, goals and objectives, methods, evaluation, sustainability, budget and appendices can be assembled in a boilerplate proposal. Each of these sections should provide a window into the organization’s overall mission, including quantitative and qualitative date from the specific program. If After a boilerplate is completed with complete information about the organization, the following proposals can be tailored to match the organizations mission with that of the foundation, individual, or government agency.
Although grant writing may not be the most popular type of writing, there is always unexplored territory and room for growth, both organizationally and personally.