September 26, 2011 10:19 AM Subscribe
So, I want to be a grant writer. I'm a published author many times over, and have no problem with the actual writing/convincing stuff, but it seems that is the least important part of the process.
posted by timsteil to writing & language (9 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
My research says it is more about knowing where the money is to begin with, and managing it properly after the fact. (i.e. the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will give you $10K for whatever, but if you spend a penny on it for donuts at a meeting, you are toast and need to pay it back.)
Seems there are three stages of this, the person who knows where the money is, the person who actually writes the grant, and the person who adminstrates it after the fact. Ideally, the first two people are the same person.
I would be doing this for my kid's school, by way of funding the nerdy club stuff, Gay/Straight Alliance, Star Wars Club, Political Action Committee whatever.
I have googled my butt off, and the examples I have seen of successful, funded grants all seem like bad term papers. I mean, really bad.
So dear hive, riddle me these
- is there any "go to" database of all the places that make grants? I'm pretty sure the local VFW would give my son a $500 scholarship for holding a flag on the 4th of July, but where would I find that out?
-- How political/territorial/adminstrative does this get? If I want $200 to put up a coupla of basketball rims, am I going to be waiting for three years before it ever filters through some foundation's hierarchy?
-- however altruistic I might be, I understand good grant writers are pretty well sought after, and there are two ways people compensate them. Either a straight fee or hourly rate, or as a percentage of the final amount awarded. It seems most places can't afford the former, and agreeing to the latter is not only sketchy, but makes you a whore, possiby a very cheap one.
This is something I could easily do to make someone's life better somewhere. It would be nice to get paid too, but that's not my main motivation.
Whatever youse guys gots, is appreciated.