Being Agile in Your Grant Application Process: Scrum Lessons from For-profits (Being Agile)

Being Agile in Your Grant Application Process: Scrum Lessons from For-profits (Being Agile) will demonstrate how the Scrum framework improves the grant development process to create a more competitive application for any grant seeking organization. Scrum, the most utilized Agile framework in the for-profit community, increases the output and efficiency of teams creating products like software and cars or conducting softer work such as marketing to consumers.

As a framework, Scrum is a wonderful tool for grant writing teams to use to increase the efficiency of application design, to manage the iterations of applications and numerous players that have a stake in successful grant applications. Scrum is not about a specific software. Scrum is a uniform approach to doing work, assigning work in teams, and iterating work successfully during a long period of time. In this case, the working being grant applications.

The DH Leonard Consulting team has been utilizing Scrum with its clients for more than two years. In that time, the efficiency of completing grant applications has increased, client satisfaction with the process has increased, and both dollars secured and award percentages have risen.

In Being Agile, we will look at successful case studies of nonprofits that have embraced Scrum for their grant application process and walk through the steps to get started with Scrum in any grant seeking organization.

GPC Competencies Addressed:
Strategies for effective program and project design and development
Organizational development as it pertains to grant seeking
Practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant developers

Diane H. Leonard, President of DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services, has secured more than $44 million in competitive grant funds for clients. Diane has a unique approach to grant readiness utilizing the proprietary GRASP Tool and approach to grant writing project oversight using SCRUM and the Agile approach commonly found in for profit businesses that provides her clients with a competitive edge in the process. Diane loves all things #grants, #coffee, #running, and #1000islands.