How to start writing a grant - Grant Writing Simplified Podcast with Teresa Huff, Episode 77

Conquer the Blank Screen of Death: How to Start Writing a Grant [Episode 77]

I never start writing a grant with a blank page, and you don’t have to either.

How Do You Start Writing a Grant?

You’ve found a grant that sounds like a great match. You’ve collected the ideas and are ready to begin. You open up a fresh Word document and sit down to write.

You stare at the page and your mind feels equally blank. Shudder.

Now what?

I’ve got good news for you: I never start writing a grant with a blank page, and you don’t have to either.

Getting Past the Blank Screen to Start Writing

Ever feel like you just hit a brick wall? Starting with a blank page when you know you must wax poetic for 50 more pages can be pretty intimidating. Especially when funding rides on it.

Writing a grant doesn’t have to be the equivalent of mountain climbing, though. These tricks help me get past the blank page hurdle.

Episode 77 Recap – Starting a Grant Application Step by Step:

  1. First, I look at the elements required in the RFP (Request for Proposal).
  2. Next I put them into a Word or Google document, numbered, along with the point value of each section.
  3. Then I read through each question and type quick notes of things I want to remember to add later – important research points, a good quote from a client, a website link I want to use as a reference.
  4. Now I have a framework instead of a blank page. I can go through and plug in project information from my notes with the client. Goals and objectives take shape. I can make a list of items I need to ask the client.

I am no longer wrestling with a blank page. See how easy that was?


Challenge Question:

What’s the hardest part for you about getting started with grant writing? Send me a message and let’s chat!

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