Listen for pro grant writing tips on how to address red flags to improve your grant proposal. Grant Writing Simplified Podcast with Teresa Huff, Episode 87

Pro Grant Writing Tip: Show Your Red Flags to the Door [Episode 87]

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking that created them.

Address the Grant Writing Red Flags

Part of my role as I work with grant writers and nonprofits is to play devil’s advocate. The key is that they know I’m on their side. I might be asking tough questions or bringing up some difficult issues, yet it’s much better to hear it from me so we can talk it through and brainstorm good solutions. Otherwise, if you try to hide the red flags under the rug, a grant funder will sniff them out a mile away and drop your application like a hot potato.
When we address potential red flags up front, we’ll see much better long term results and sustainability.
3 Steps to Address Red Flags in a Grant Proposal


  1. Be aware – Know and acknowledge what the red flags are.
  2. Be straightforward – Don’t sweep problems under the rug.
  3. Be proactive – Have a plan.
We can’t always see the red flags for ourselves, and we need an outside perspective. I help nonprofits and grant writing students identify potential red flags in their organization and their work. We pinpoint problems, identify solutions, and develop an effective way to present the situation to funders.
The key is to always be honest and straightforward. Funders know you’re not perfect, so don’t pretend to be. You can, however, be proactive and invite them to be a part of the solution.

Listen to the full episode for examples and deeper discussion.


Challenge Question:

What is a red flag in your organization or grant writing work? How can you map out a plan to address it? Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message and I’ll brainstorm with you.

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