5 Common Myths About Grant Writing

We have compiled five common myths and misconceptions about writing grant applications and receiving grant money.

1. Grants Are Free Money

Some people believe that applying for a grant is an easy option to receive extra cash for a project. Crowdfunding sites might make it appear easy to set up a project and wait for the monetary donations to pour in, but writing an application is a serious commitment that takes time, dedication, and thought. It takes time to carefully go through the requirements, dedication to compile all the necessary information and data, and extensive thought about how to phrase the application content to make it appealing to the funder.


2. You Need a Professional Grant Writer to Receive Large Grants

While some schools or districts employ professional grant writers, hiring a professional does not guarantee success in being awarded funding any more so than if you write the application yourself. Funding success all depends on the chosen grant, the uniqueness of the application, and the passion for the project.


3. One Size Fits All

One application template does not fit all grant opportunities. Each grant maker is different, and your application needs to reflect the specifics the funder is looking for. Your argument needs to appeal to the funder’s mission and view. While it is fine to recycle certain phrases or passages, especially when it comes to data or other objective parts of the application, every application needs to be unique and tailored to the foundation it is going to.


4. You Can Write an Application the Night Before the Deadline

No. See item 1.


5. Small Grants Are Easier to Get Than Large Grants

This is not necessarily true. While it might be a good strategy to begin with applying to smaller grants, it does not mean that larger funding opportunities are harder to get. What is a good idea is to start applying to foundations in your close proximity that have an interest in supporting the community. Those foundations may be more inclined to give to local schools than state or national foundations. But, as always, the magic is in the creativity of the proposal and your own ability to convince and sway a funder.


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