How to teach grant writing.

No to Venn diagrams, icebergs, or onions! An image of a venn diagram projected onto a screen.

No to Venn diagrams, icebergs, or onions!

Someone gave me cause to think about how I would teach what I know about grant writing today. I’ve sat on the other side of the desk plenty of times and been given lots to think about by some great teachers. I also think I have an approach that can help your application stand out, make a case and leave a mark.

The people in the class have to be prompted to think through the problems from their own point of view. I’m not sure how you would do that just yet. It could be through some grant giver/grant seeker role play, a dragon’s den pitch session, all verbal probably. If you can say it, you can write it. And it would help get away from ten dollar words that are dull and boring to read.

Obviously, you need to do some work on the donor knowledge gap and opening your eyes to the assumptions we all make when we tell our own stories.

After that it’s just decoding inputs, outputs, outcomes and budgets.

Should be a blast!

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