I going to give you five reasons why a nonprofit should hire you. When you begin your grant writing career a lot of work goes into learning the trade. Countless hours are spent crafting your art. All the terms like, needs statement, request for proposal, budget narrative, and rubric score, are bouncing around in your head.
As scary as it may be, it’s time to find someone who needs your services. You’ve done all your homework. You have saturated social media with your marketing, and you’ve put your name out there. The website is live, and you have a purse full of business cards. Now you wait for that first client and the opportunity to write a grant proposal.
Finally, the call. Someone contacts you about writing a grant. Your excitement is palpable. Your time to shine and show the world, or least the client you have the “right stuff” and they made the correct decision hiring you.
Well, they did, didn’t they?
Your credentials are on the line. You have a vested interest in helping the organization through the grant writing process. You want to submit the best possible proposal for them since they trusted you to write a grant.
Once you meet with the client and discuss the project or cause, you have a good sense of how you can help them get the funding they need. You are ready to go.
Let’s look at five reasons why a nonprofit should hire you can show them hiring you was the right thing to do.
1. You are motivated. For months, you have been gaining all this knowledge. But there’s a lot more to grant writing knowing how to do it. At some point, you have to put all that hard work to good use. Motivation will only get you so far.
2. You will go the “extra” mile to match the organization with the best possible funding agency increasing their chances of a grant award.
3. You can guide the nonprofit in designing a well-planned project. One that meets their mission statement and shows the funding agency it responds to the needs of the community.
4. You can “sell” the funding agency that the nonprofit you represent has a project or cause worthy of funding.
5. You can demonstrate to the funder that the nonprofit organization is sustainable and will continue the project after the grant period has ended. Foundations and other agencies want to be satisfied their money will make a lasting difference in the community.
When you complete your first grant, and breath a sigh of relief, you can say, “it wasn’t so bad after all.” I’m ready to tackle the next one.
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