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  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
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Grant Writing
« on: February 07, 2018, 11:39:52 PM »
Back in University I took a full course in grant writing. I actually submitted a proposal to a big corp for cancer survivor support.
I found this extremely fulfilling even though I didn't get the grant. There are some courses I'm considering taking that I could fit into my schedule.
Is there a wide demand for such work? I'd like to do this potentially as a side hustle. Is there a high barrier to entry? Anyone have experience with this?


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Re: Grant Writing
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2018, 12:31:03 AM »
There's definitely a demand for the work. In my world, there was no barrier to entry.

Getting paid for that work can be another matter. I can't remember the rule and who made it, but I remember our non-profit wasn't allowed to do the thing that worked best for all of us -pay the writer a percentage of each grant he brought in. Without the grants, we didn't have extra money around to pay him. Without being able to pay him, we didn't have him around to write the proposals.

I did a lot of grant writing -much of it successful- but had to be unpaid or paid out of the general budget (which had no money).

A friend had a full-time job writing grants for a very serious, life-or-death issue. After six months, still no results. She really took this to heart and it made her super depressed. She quit. It's very likely she would have seen a grant soonish -perhaps even on the proposals she wrote in the first weeks- but it can take time, and lots of nos can deal a blow.

Often an org's executive director or similar management level staff person will do it as part of their overall job, so they have other duties and successes to balance it out.

So, there is demand for good grant writers, but talk to the organizations you'd want to write for to see how they work out pay for that. And consider how you would keep your spirits up if more than one proposal were rejected, especially over super stupid reasons, local politics, competition, straight up lying by other applicants, etc. i.e., Determine how thick your skin is.

If you can do it as a gift to your favourite orgs, that's huge! A way you can direct big money to the org, without breaking your own bank account.


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Re: Grant Writing
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2018, 11:29:11 AM »
I work in engineering research (Lots of government and/or utility funded projects), and there's a huge demand for that kind of skill. We have people working on it from two different angles:

1. Admin type people, who are heavily involved in some of the standard documentation.
2. Scientists who write the technical narrative.

In either case, getting education and experience around grant writing is extremely useful. I don't know your career path, but if you end up getting a graduate degree in a technical subject and going into research, grant writing becomes a huge part of the job. And, honestly, one of my favorites. I agree with you that it's very rewarding work. And, since it's such an important part of the job, you'll be VERY grateful for the grant writing background, should you go into it.