- We don't have the time. Are you kidding me? Who does have the time? No one. If you want to bring in additional resources to your organization, you have to make the time. It's all about priorities. Instead of saying you don't have time, tell the truth. Say, "We are choosing to spend our time doing other things."
- We probably won't get it. As my mother would say, with an attitude like that, you probably won't. My mother also used to say, "No guts, no glory!" The bottom line is that if the purpose of the program is well aligned with your organization's mission, and if you have a solid idea, you have a very good chance of being funded., but you definitely won't get it if you don't make an effort.
- The grant will just end in 3 years anyway. Believe it or not, I hear this one a lot. Those who say this seem to forget that between now and three years from now, your clients will benefit from some great services. A lot can happen in 3 years (or 2 years or 5 years), and you can make a big difference in the lives of people over a year or two. Why would you give up that opportunity just because you may not have the resources to do it forever?
- We don't have anyone who can write it. This falls into the same category as "we don't have the time." You probably do have someone in your organization (or a team of people) who can write it if you just restructure the schedule for a while. And don't forget. you can hire professional grant writers to help if you need to.
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