Any seasoned grant writer will tell you there are a gazillion (don’t use that word in a grant proposal) places to find grant writing information. You can search for them on the Internet. But I don’t have time for that, so I look for one-stop shops that offer resources, funding information, and professional development.
To save time and get a good return on your investment, find a service that offers what you need and then stick with it. Get to know all it has to offer and slowly make them your go-to site for all things grants.
If you can locate a service that fits your needs, you will save yourself time and money in the long run. Here are the components of my favorite grant writing resource:
- A great research tool that allows me to search for private foundations and government grants (never going to grants.gov again). A good resource will let me search by a variety of categories and will provide me with a good funder profile.
- A weekly email newsletter that comes straight to my inbox. I need something that will tell me about new grant opportunities without having to remember to go to the site. Big. Time. Saver.
- Professional development opportunities that are offered in a way that I like to consume them. I want something that offers blog posts, webinars, and podcasts.
- Tutorials on basic grant writing as well as tips for seasoned writers. (I’ve been around a long time, but I’m always ready to learn something new.)
- Other resources at my fingertips. There is a lot of great information out there. I need a service that collects it for me in one convenient site.
- Affordable and convenient. I need research and learning at my desk, whenever I’m ready and at a price I can afford.
There are many great grant-writing resources out there, but I always consider that my time is money and I want something good, convenient, and provides value for the dollar.
I use GrantStation and after thinking about what I want in a service and looking at what they have to offer, I plan to use them more and more. They seem to fit the bill for me.
I hope the list above gives you something to think about and will encourage you to find your own go-to site that gives you everything you need. Spend your time bringing in the big bucks instead of surfing the Internet.
By the way, I think Grant Station is such a good value for the money that I got them to offer a fantastic (and secret) sale on a one-year subscription. As in less than $10 a month for 12 months good! Better than the sale they are offering on their website good!
Here’s what to do next: Sign up for my 20 Tips for Great Grant Proposals and you’ll get on my list to receive the link for the special GrantStation sale on December 6th and 7th. (Remember, this sale is even BETTER than what they offer on their website.)
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