Another question to ask yourself about a grant writing candidate: Are they going to adjust their schedule to meet yours or will you have to adjust your schedule to meet theirs’?
Ask about their schedule - if they try to fit your project into their neat little time compartments - forget it. What you want to hear is that they would like to get the assignment far enough in advance so they can begin working on it sooner and avoid a last minute crush - but they also have to recognize that there is ALWAYS a last minute rush of some sort. And that they will reserve the time to exclusively work on your project as the deadline nears.
However, don’t get cold feet if they schedule several projects at the same time. It is not uncommon for a great grant writer to be working on three or even four different projects that have approximately the same due date. Personally, my record is working on seven different projects that were all due on the same day. And I have the gray hair and nervous twitch to prove it.
But what you need to hear is that as the deadline nears, the bottom line is that the writer will do whatever it takes to get it done. They have to be in a place where they can adjust their schedule accordingly.
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.