As a founders we know that resources are always at a premium with a startup. So when you are decided if you want to write a grant yourself or hire someone, we thought it would be good to provide some guidance and support.

Here are a few questions for you to consider:

Do you have the time to write the grant?

We all know how important focus is. We know how precious your time is. Here are some ideas of the average time it takes to prepare a competitive grant proposal. 

On average you can count on 3 hours of writing, editing, and proofreading per page of the narrative. 

1.5 hours to carefully read and outline the RFP (grant application guidelines)
5 hours to write a detailed budget justification and to complete the budget forms
5 hours to obtain letters of support, resumes, and job descriptions
1 hour to complete the grant forms
5 hours to do a final review, compile, and submit the grant proposal

Have you mastered written communication?

If you do not consider yourself an experienced and talented writer, you should hire a grant writer.

Here are some things to consider when you hire a grant writer on opengrants.io:

Thankfully opengrants.io curates amazing grant writers from all over the industry. We save you the trouble of sifting through mismatches and bad actors. However, it is wise to review profiles of matched grant writing experts. Also, consider the following points:

  • Even though you have hired a professional to write your grant, you need to realize that YOU are the expert. Over-communicate, share, collaborate and lead. 
  • Take the time to do a review of the final grant proposal. Compare the number of narrative pages and format to the page limit and format mandated in the RFP. Make other comparisons between the RFP and the final proposal to make double sure that the grant is in full compliance.
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