Saturday, July 3, 2010

Grant Writing is a Team Sport

Nobody likes to work alone more than I do. Don't get me wrong.  It's not that I don't enjoy the company of others or the intellectual stimulation that only comes with working with others, but I love the feeling of getting into "the zone" when I'm writing, and that simply doesn't happen when there are other people around interrupting the work.  OK, they may call it "offering ideas," but when you're deep into the writing, it feels like an interruption.

That said, it's important to remember that grant writing is not a solo sport - it's a team sport. Even if you are self-employed and you have no support staff, your client is part of your team.  He or she has information that you need to get the work done.  If you are the executive director of a non-profit organization who does all the grant writing for your organization, you may feel like you're flying solo in the grant writing process, but you're not.  You have a team of folks who all have bits and pieces of what you need to complete the task and do it well.

This means that all of us lone wolves (or prima donnas, depending on your perspective) need to remember what we learned in kindergarten - that it is very important to know how to work and play well with others.

I have had some clients who apparently never learned that.  They either act like the playground bully, shouting orders and demands, or they play off alone in their own sandbox and then wonder later why I couldn't read their minds.

You can call it working together, or teamwork, or collaboration, but the reality is that you can't do it well alone.  You need others to help you get to your goal.  The more you recognize that and embrace that, the more successful you'll be.

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Creative Resources and Research is a consulting firm specializing in grant writing, grant seeking, program evaluation and professional development training. We have worked with hundreds of clients including public and private schools, school districts, universities, non-profit organizations, and social service agencies throughout California, securing over $155 million from federal, state and private foundation funding sources over the past decade. Our primary grant writers and program evaluators have over 50 years of combined experience in the education and social services fields. At CRR we prefer a personal approach to the clients we work with; by developing long term relationships, we are better suited to match client’s needs with available funding sources. We provide a variety of services to help assist you, including grant writing, evaluation consulting, professional development opportunities, and workshops.