A good grant writer/program designer, like a good man (”good man” — is that an oxymoron?) is hard to find. Finding a great one is tougher. Finding an excellent one is the Mother Lode. Why is it so hard to find a great grant writer?
Because there is really is no training ground for grant writers out there. There are no minor leagues. There are very few good grant writing classes. The process of training a grant writer is difficult, expensive and risky.
Astute agencies and programs, once they find a grant writer they can work with and who can win — do what they can to hold onto that grant writer and never let them go and never share them with anyone.
Headhunters and high pay. Because great grant writers are in such high demand the competition to find them and even steal them away from other agencies is fierce. Often times, he who has the best headhunter and the best offer wins.
The issue of compatibility with your staff. You may have found a very talented grant writer with a very impressive winning record, but what if they can’t or won’t work with your staff? What if, forever reason, the chemistry is wrong? What if their working style is drastically different from the working style and philosophy of your agency and its staff? Pretty much you’re out of luck because incompatibility is a sure signpost for failure.
More about this in my next posting. Meanwhile, for more about how a grant writer should work as part of a planning team for your grant proposal, please read my new book, RIGHT BEFORE YOU WRITE: THE GROUNDBREAKING PROCESS USED TO WIN MORE THAN $385 MILLION IN COMPETITIVE GRANT FUNDS. Go to www.SandyPointInk.com.