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Five Things Children Can Teach Us About Grantwriting

Updated: Apr 15

Kids - Think and Ink Grant Consulting

We often think we are here to teach and guide children. Although this is true, there are times when children can teach us a thing or two.

Here are five things children can teach us about grantwriting:

1. A + B = C

Your writing should follow a stream of logic taking the potential funder down a journey and end with building a strong case of why they should support your organization. This series of logic should follow a "if - then" logic.

2. Tell it to me kindergarten style

Your narrative should convey your story in the most simplest terms possible. It should be written in simple language terms and avoid long drawn out sentences. Funders read dozens of articles all of the time. Help them by clearly and simply communicating what you're trying to accomplish. You will not get extra points for fancy and complex words.

3. Say it again?

Tell me what you're trying to tell me, tell me, and then tell me what you told me.

4. Count 'em - 1…2…3

Always communicate your impact in terms of measurable and quantifiable results. Your outcomes should be S.M.A.R.T. and communicate desired improvement over an identified baseline.

5. Always be curious and ready to learn.

Feedback is sometimes tough, but you should always have a zest for learning and improving your grant writing skills. Be open to suggestions. Having a third-party read your application and give you feedback can be helpful.

- Shavonn


About Shavonn Richardson, MBA, GPC

Shavonn Richardson, MBA, GPC is Founder and CEO of Think and Ink Grant Consulting™. She is a Grant Professional Association Approved Trainer, presenter, and speaker. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Grant Professionals Association.

Shavonn earned a BBA from Howard University and an MBA from Emory University. She earned the GPC (Grant Professional Certified) credential from the Grant Professionals Certification Institute in 2020.

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