Technology & Learning, September 1998, p. 72

For your grant writing, whether to use existing in-house staff, retain an outside consultant, or hire an expert onto your full-time staff can be a difficult question to answer.

A director of information services and technology for a New Hampshire high school says the size and frequency of your grant requests should answer the question.

Existing in-house staff can manage infrequent proposals for sub-$5,000 projects; but as the frequency and dollar amounts increase, so does the need to look for full-time or specialized help.

When choosing a grantwriter, the author suggests you look for:

  1. Marketing savvy — a well-written proposal will sell itself, capturing its readers’ attention and generating enthusiasm.

  2. Good communication — clear and skillful writing is a must for a successful proposal.

  3. People skills — a good writer must be able to forge relationships and establish relationships with outside parties to set up beneficial partnerships.

  4. Ability to meet deadlines — grant applications must be completed on time and stay on a strict schedule.

  5. Persistence — you don’t want a grant writer who will give up at the first sign of adversity or won’t look for creative ways to overcome potential barriers.