"Good morning. I feel the practices you have experienced; i.e directly contacting nonprofits, volunteering, pro bono work, will hold true in any city. Networking is the key. School districts and educational entities are always…"
You got some great suggestions already. Another good way to get clients is to offer to teach some free classes at the local community college. Or to organize a free webinar. Also, you could offer to talk to the local grant writing association…"
It is allways hard to get started and now is a particularly difficult time. In the past I have
approached non profits that are advertising grant writing jobs, and offer to do the work
nessesary but on a contract basis, showing…"
"Hmmm...probably I would seek associations of the types of organizations you write for and join those. Then attend their meetings with lots of cards in your pocket! If you do non-profit work, maybe there's an opportunity to offer some…"
"I wholeheartedly agree about referral. My issue is that since I was originally active in grant writing, I have moved to a new metropolitan area, and now I teach. I'm just trying to figure out how to get back in "the game," as it were."
Credentials are fine but success is better. We have a web site but about 99% of our clients from by referral. Of course we do the normal stuff like hand out cards and social media but that is more reinforcement of…"
Aside from the obvious need for credentially (which I whole-heartedly support), I am wondering what best practices fellow contractor/consultant grant writers have used to encourage new clients coming aboard. For a number of years, I was able to market myself within a large city by directly contacting nonprofit organizations, and through that experience and network, I was able to produce some (not a lot) of grant writing work. However, I've moved a number of times since then, and my grantwriting…See More
Based on information and feedback from another woman who was interested in entering the grant writing field (and who is local to me), the AGWA's conference-style coursework is helpful but a bit overwhelming to process all at once,…"
"Linda - hopefully I can provide some information in regards to certification. There are a few grant certifications and credentials out there and I recommend doing some research in addition to asking on here. I'll only speak from my…"
When perusing advertisements in which potential clients are looking for contract grant writers, I've started to see requests for certification through the American Grant Writer's Association. 1) Is this group legit? 2) Is the certification "worth it?" I'd love to hear more from others! -- Linda Harvey-YatesSee More
"Could use some advice. Would like to continue providing grantwriting contract work and consultancy for various organizations, but having a hard time finding legitimate opportunities that will allow me to work from home. I'm currently back in…"
What organization do you represent? (Please spell out any abbreviations, and include the website address of your organization if available, using the format: http://www.domainname.org)
I am a contract grant writer/consultant
What role do you play at your organization?
What are your specialties?
All levels of grants (family foundations to federal agencies. Extensive experience with both performing arts/arts education & outreach grants, as well as with social/human services. More than 10 years experience.
How long have you been a grant writer?
Are you a part-time or full-time grant writer?
Part-time Grant Writer
To which professional fundraising or grant writer associations do you belong?
What is your greatest challenge in obtaining grants?
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