Someone recently asked me how long it took to get where I am today with my grant writing career. That’s a hard question to answer. The simple answer is that I’ve been writing grants for over 25 years. But, how long did it take me to know what I was doing? That’s an entirely different answer. If you know my story, you know that I was not a “grant writer.” My job at my school district was eliminated but the new superintendent offered me a new job. Suddenly I was the new grant writer.
With no prior experience, it took me months of taking courses, attending seminars, and experimenting to find my way in my new profession. Looking back, I realize I needed a mentor – someone to give me the basics and end the frustration. It took me a long time to feel confident in writing grants. Now I have my voice and my way of doing things. I spend much less time on a grant because I have a process that works for me.
If you are a beginning grant writer or need someone to help you find your way, you’ll love my 5-day grant writing overview course. If you are interested, comment below and I’ll add your name to the list. This short course is a great way to dip you toes in the water and get a feel for grant writing.