Looking to hire a grant writer? Here are three things to consider before you sign the contract:
1. Experience and Success
This may seem like a no brainer, but be sure that your potential grant writer has actually written a successful grant before. Other professional writing experience, while valuable, won't translate.
Less obvious, but equally important - you'll have a better chance of winning a grant if the grant writer is familiar with the type of grant for which you are applying. Foundation grants and federal grants, for example, are different monsters and it's wise to hire someone with specific experience.
The primary job of a grant writer is to tell your organization's story well enough that the funding agency will support your project financially. If your potential grant writer is unfamiliar with your organization and cause, you will want to be sure that she has a plan in place to do the homework and become familiar. Your grant writer is your biggest advocate, and in order to advocate, they have to know all the intricacies of the work your organization is doing.
Not every grant will be a good fit for every organization, and your grant writer should be able to tell if your organization has a fighting chance of receiving funding. If the grant opportunity is not viable for your organization, you and your grant writer should be willing to walk away. This goes back to #2 - a honest grant writer that is committed to your organization is also one that should be willing to walk away from a grant opportunity if it won't benefit the applicant.
At TheGrantHelpers.com, we're committed to our clients' success and their bottom line, which means that in every decision we make our clients' welfare is considered. If you're looking for grant writing assistance, or other grant-related services, contact a grant helper for a free consultation and find out how we can help your organization thrive.