Welcome to Episode 20 of the Grant Writing Simplified Podcast! This feels like such a great landmark to reach. Thank you to all my listeners for your support, feedback, and kind reviews!
Feeling Nervous About Grant Writing?
I talk with a lot of new grant writers and nonprofits that are really nervous about starting out with grants. I want to reassure you that even if you’re new, you can do this. We ALL have to start somewhere.
Grant Award Decisions
So many factors go into a grant award decision. Obviously some of those are up to the writer and how well they’ve put together the application. However, a LOT of things are completely out of our control. You could write the most amazing application and still not be awarded.
Reasons can run the gamut: timing, politics, funding changes, policy changes, pandemics, natural disasters, changes in foundation priorities.
How to Increase Your Chances of Winning a Grant
One way to increase your chances of winning is to call the funder. Grant writers often ask me if this is all right, and they’re nervous about what to say.
Yes, it’s usually a good thing to call the grant funder – with a few guidelines:
- If their website or other materials specifically say not to call, don’t.
- Research first so you can ask informed questions.
- Be respectful – you’re building a relationship, not arguing your position.
Listen in to the full episode as I give an example of a situation where this made all the difference for our application’s success.
If you’re still nervous about calling a grant funder, I’ve got your back. Head over to www.teresahuff.com/call to download the exact call script I use, how I prep for the call, and a plug-and-go template that you can customize to your heart’s content.