If you're running a non-profit organization, you know that every dollar counts. You may be reluctant to spend money on professional services when you could use that money to fund your programs directly. However, hiring a grant writer can be a wise investment that pays off in the long run. A grant writer can help you identify potential funding sources and write compelling proposals that are more likely to be funded. In addition, a grant writer can provide valuable advice on how to best structure your organization and programs to meet the needs of funders. While there is no guarantee that your organization will receive funding, working with a grant writer can increase your chances of success.
It is a well-known fact that grant writing can be a time-consuming and challenging process, especially for non-profit organizations that may not have the internal capacity to dedicate the necessary staff hours required. A professional grant writer can be a valuable asset to any non-profit, providing expertise, knowledge, and support throughout the grant process.
Below are four benefits you should consider when hiring a Grant Writer for your nonprofit.
1. Access to Expertise
A good grant writer will have up-to-date knowledge of the funding landscape and know where to look for new opportunities. They will also be familiar with various funders' applications and reporting requirements. Many times grant writers will already know the specific funders that would be interested in helping your organization and mission.
There are thousands of different grants available with precise timelines. A good grant writer will have intimate knowledge of many of them. They will be able to match your nonprofit's individual needs with the right grant programs. Additionally, if they don't know about a particular grant program that aligns with your organization or programs, they will be resourceful enough to find grant opportunities that align specifically with your organization's goals.
2. Saves You Time
Hiring a grant writer for your nonprofit will save you and your limited resources of staff and volunteers time and money. Outsourcing the writing to grant writing professionals leaves more time for your team to focus on the core mission and daily activities of the organization.
The grant-writing process can be long and tedious, but a good grant writer has the ability to see it through to the end. They will follow up with the funding agencies as needed to make sure that your organization’s application is complete and has been received. And if there are any problems with the grant application, they will work tirelessly to resolve them so that your organization can get the funding it deserves.
3. Improves the Chances of Success
It’s not their first rodeo! Grant writers do this for a living and chances are they have written many similar grants that your own nonprofits needs assistance with. Their past grants that have been awarded speak volumes for the success that they can potentially bring to your very own organization. A good grant writer will help you develop a competitive proposal that aligns with the funder's guidelines and priorities. They have learned the terms, the data, and the specifics that make grant applications a success. Using their expertise increases the chances of funding for your organization tremendously.
4. Enhances Your Organizational Capacity
Working with a grant writer can help build your internal capacity by providing training and mentorship on the grant process. A good grant writer not only develops the grants but teaches the Executive Director and other members of the team about the process as a whole. Many times additional information on a nonprofit is needed before the grant application process can begin. Grant writers can help you become “Grant Ready” for current and future funding opportunities.
Grant writers are known for their superior organization and efficiency in their work. They have established systems in place for keeping track of deadlines, required materials, and progress on each grant application. This ensures that nothing falls through the cracks and that your organization's grants are submitted on time. Taken the burden directly off of the plate of your busy staff and volunteers.
Bonus: Grant writers are an investment to your nonprofit!
A lot of times nonprofits do not leave space within their tight budget for grant writing services. We understand each organization is trying to do the most it can with the limited resources available. Grant writing is one of the most underfunded aspects of a non-profit, but it is honestly one of the most essential activities of running a successful nonprofit organization. It creates sustainability and growth for the future of the organization. It’s more than grant writing. Grant writing professionals bring a second set of eyes that can look at the current state of your nonprofit and offer forward-thinking, strategic business planning, and help create a clear vision for your organization. We encourage nonprofits to no longer see grant writing as an expense, but as an imperative activity to sustain their organization's longevity.
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Debbi Mallinson enjoys working in collaboration with nonprofit organizations to develop a grant strategy to support their mission.