Network for grant writers #2 Blog
One thing I love about grant writing is the ongoing intellectual challenge of writing, working collaboratively to create a project and evaluating to capture the impact. But as we all know, hard work is not always smooth sailing. I love this graphic of the stick man on the bicycle comparing “Your plan” (straight line) and “Reality” (ups and downs). The reality is grant writing has its ups and downs. Your personal learning network helps you through those challenges.
My personal learning network is the Kern Grant Network This group meets on a regular basis to share ideas and network. When you are on a grant deadline, it is hard to pick up the phone and form relationships under pressure. Grant writers often need language and items yesterday. We are like journalists pressured to make our editor’s deadline. When someone calls me on a grant deadline, I ask “By when do you need this”. Often the answer is “Right away”. Relationships not only make collaboration happen but also they provide background to help a person quickly understand your purpose and intent. Kern Grant Network’s purpose is to give grant writers/CEOs/teachers an opportunity to slow down and meet each other. At these meetings we learn about new technology and techniques for grant writing. The Kern Grant Network uses Constant Contact to stay in touch along with a Facebook page.
We have a meeting coming up..come join us at our next meeting, this Thursday, Jan. 30th at the Larry E. Reider Center, 2nd Floor, at 3:30 p.m.