Grant writing is more than just sitting in front of a computer, opening a word document, and typing. Reading is essential to writing a successful grant application. It is also key to continue providing outstanding customer services. One of the biggest concerns for customers is receiving correct information. By reading over the grant announcement several times, reaching out to the grant point of contact to get questions answered, and researching content you will be able to answer any questions a customer may have. This will create a trusting, career long relationship between applicant and writer.
I can NOT stress enough how important it is to read and reread and reread your grant announcement. You should know the announcement like the back of your hand. This is what allows you to create a successful grant application. Knowing and understanding the grant announcement allows you to create the grant application the grant reviewers are looking for. With so many organizations submitting for grant funding, grant reviewers are looking for any reason to disqualify an application to focus their efforts on applications that meet all the grant requirements.
Researching, which requires a lot of reading, is also an essential component to creating a successful grant application. To create a secure program, one must conduct extensive research. Research helps aid the process for developing hearty programs or improving a program that may be lacking something. Research also helps you find hidden “gems” you may not have known about otherwise. Sometimes, even when reaching out to the grant point of contact, that person will refer you to a document that has been released by the funding agency. If you have not read up on your research, you would not know about the document the funding agency is referencing.