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Title: Grant Writing – Picking the right Grant Writer? (1)


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WELCOME TO RED TAPE BUSTERS
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Grant Writing Picking the right Grant Writer?
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Grant Writing Picking the right Grant Writer?
  • This is a challenging task indeed. Many
    organisations are faced with the prospect of
    hiring a grant writer as part of their staffing
    complement or in engaging a professional grant
    writer on a contract basis.
  • The first thing an organisation needs to
    consider is just that on what basis do they
    want to engage the grant writer.

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Grant Writing Picking the right Grant Writer?
  • There are obviously fors and againsts both
    engagement strategies however I probably think it
    is far easier to get rid of a non performing
    grant writer who is on contract than an
    underperforming salaried employee.
  • But that obviously is a consideration only the
    organisation can make. Many organisations believe
    that they have total control if the grant writer
    is a salaried employee however if you contract a
    grant writer and if you pick the right grant
    writer you can still retain full control of the
    process.

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Grant Writing Picking the right Grant Writer?
  • Certainly we are hired as contract grant writers
    to hundreds of organisations and businesses and
    our clients at all times retain full control of
    the process.
  • We obviously give our clients our professional
    advice and hope our clients follow that advice,
    but at all times the client retains full control
    of what funding program we do and dont apply for
    and what project will be offered.

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Grant Writing Picking the right Grant Writer?
  • There are many other considerations that need to
    be evaluated once the engagement strategy is
    decided upon.
  • Whether it is a dedicated grant writing position
    or hiring a consultant you need to engage someone
    who will not only have the skills and abilities
    to be a successful grant writer for your
    organisation but also that the outcome proves to
    be great value for money and cost effective.

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Grant Writing Picking the right Grant Writer?
  • Proven experience obviously is a major
    consideration but high quality grant writers with
    extensive experience dont come cheap.
  • If you have the budget available obviously a
    proven commodity is the way to go. However dont
    just accept the claims of grant writers on face
    value.
  • Make sure you do your due diligence and validate
    that the claims they make are in fact correct and
    not over inflated. Make sure you contact some
    past clients and discuss the grant writer with
    them.

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Grant Writing Picking the right Grant Writer?
  • Also dont just accept the names of
    organisations or businesses offered up as
    referees but try and find some organisations or
    businesses that they have not offered as a
    referee.
  • Maybe there are names of organisations on their
    website or maybe you can google some additional
    past clients and check with them about the skills
    and quality of the grant writer.

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Grant Writing Picking the right Grant Writer?
  • Certainly we extensively assess potential grant
    writers to come into our business but we wont
    necessarily hire the most experienced person.
  • As I have stated many many times grant writing
    is not rocket science and you dont need a degree
    to write a grant. But you do need passion as well
    as great wordsmithing skills.

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Grant Writing Picking the right Grant Writer?
  • In assessing potential grant writers to join our
    business as Consultants I normally give them a
    small test a real life question from a grant
    application and ask them to respond.
  • I obviously set the scene and give them the
    basics about the organisation and project but I
    am looking for a grant writer who can be creative
    and build a case and present a compelling
    argument.

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Grant Writing Picking the right Grant Writer?
  • In the nonprofit world especially as grant
    writers you might be given scant information from
    the client to write your submission so creativity
    and research are essential skills that I assess.
  • In the end though the grant writer has to fit
    your organisation or business and no matter what
    employment engagement strategy you implement they
    have to be welcomed as part of your team and of
    course they have to deliver results!

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Grant Writing Picking the right Grant Writer?
Contact us at Red Tape Busters should you
require more information about this article or if
you require specialist grant or tender writing
experience to help your organisation or business
win grant funding or achieve successes with
tenders.
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Grant Writing Picking the right Grant Writer?
  • We are specialists in providing the following
    services-
  • Lobbying
  • Tender Writing
  • Grant Writing
  • Resumes/Job Applications
  • Organisational/Business Development.

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Grant Writing Picking the right Grant Writer?
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