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As I was working on an outline for a grant proposal for a major project , it soon became apparent that the project—which encompassed many trainings, significant equipment expense, and delivery of multiple services—would require more funding to accomplish than would be possible with a single grant. In my experience, this is not an isolated situation. Often, it is only once a proposal for a major project is developed that it becomes clear that the true scope exceeds the limits of immediate funding opportunity. The inevitable question arises: “Are there any funding sources that will fund the entire project?” And, when the answer is “probably not,” the next questions are: “Should we pull elements out of the proposal template and seek funding for those components of the project that are most likely to be funded?” Can some elements be pulled from the proposal and used to attract funding? Can we pursue funding for some elements of the proposal now while other elements take more time to get funded? These questions are part of what I call “chunking” the proposal.
By Rebecca Vermillion Shawver, MPA, GPC Yes, it's true. Grant writers aren't perfect, and I'm definitely one of the imperfect ones. While we are known for our expertise and success at winning foundation, state, and local government grant contracts, it's important to remember that no one ever wins each and every competition that they enter. Even our most revered Olympia teams didn't bring home each gold medal that they competed for, but we still acknowledge them as heroes because they represented us honorably and did their best. So why aren't grant writers heroes too?
This summer whizzed by in a variety of colors—literally. For the past few months, I worked on several large grant and contract proposals through a dizzying array of color-themed stages: blue, pink, red, gold, and even some shades in between! As I settle into fall and work with smaller nonprofit clients, I wonder what lessons from the color review process can a small shop use? Most nonprofits lack the resources of large organizations with dedicated specialists at each color stage. What key points from the color review process are helpful to the smaller grants shop?