How to Leverage Social Media to Improve Your Grant-Writing
Social media is changing the funding landscape. With the ability to reach out to grant makers, connect with fellow grant writers, and share your own thoughts and ideas, social media can take your grant-writing to a whole new level.
1. Find New Opportunities
Be the first to know when new funding opportunities arise. Foundations often post about new funding opportunities and deadlines on social media. GetEdFunding also consistently posts new and exciting funding opportunities on Twitter.
2. Get to Know Foundations
Foundations use social media to share news about their current grantees and projects, as well as interesting articles, infographics, and advice. This will give you a sense of the foundation’s distinct personality, where their passions lie, and what their preferences are.
3. Make Meaningful Connections
Take the time to show your interest in potential funders by interacting with their posts. Share articles and news from a foundation. Take the time to thoughtfully comment on a foundation’s posts. You can also mention foundations on social media before applying. If this is done from your school or organization’s social media account, this might set your organization apart and make it stand out in funders’ minds when they are reviewing grant proposals.
4. Develop Professionally
Grow professional relationships with other grant seekers on social media. You may find that they have helpful insights into the grant writing process. On Twitter, you can join Twitter chats for grant writers, such as #grantchat or #fundchat, to get tips, discuss funding issues, and engage with the grant-writing community.
5. Share Your Success
If you’ve successfully obtained funding, you can give a shout out to your funder and the great work they’re doing. This may even grab the attention of foundation’s planning to fund similar projects in the future. Foundations often prefer to fund projects that already have multiple funding sources.