Before hiring a grant writer, make sure to look through these don’ts so you know what NOT to do.
Do not pay a percentage of what you will receive.
This is unethical and grant writers do not work based on commission. They are paid for their work regardless of if the grant is awarded. However, hiring a grant writer may significantly higher your chances of being awarded the grant – with their experience and expertise.
Don’t treat your grant writer as an employee unless he/she is.
Most grant writers are independent contractors and are paid on an hourly basis. So make sure you are using their time effectively.
Don’t expect that they understand everything about your organization/company.
Communication is key, and Grant Writers are not mind readers. The more information you give over, the more it will allow your grant writer to write and research grants most effectively.
Do not select a grant writer only based on their fees.
You get what you pay for, and it is most important to ensure your grant writer has the right experience to work on grants in your sector.
Don’t overextend your organization financially.
If you do not have the funds to pay for a grant writer, make sure that you allocate those funds before. You will not be paying your grant writer from the grant funds if you are awarded.
Do not expect 100% approval.
Grants are never a guarantee, and you won’t receive every grant you apply for. Many grants are competitive and there are many other applicants applying for the same grant. Moreover, grantors have a limited amount of funds to give and will award the grant to where they see fit. Therefore, it is imperative to apply for multiple grants. Additionally, it is important to prepare a clear and organized grant proposal.
Do not expect fast money.
Grants take time and patience is required. Grantors can take weeks or months to award an organization. It may also take some time for the funds to be sent out.
Don’t hire a grant writer if your organization is not ready.
You must ensure that you have an organized plan for your organization’s plans and goals. Moreover, make sure to have a budget plan and your accounts in check. This is essential information to find and write a grant, as this information must be available and ready. Furthermore, this is necesary to have a clear and concise grant proposal written.