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Grant Writers Should Write Grants Only

After writing a grant, the writer should never be involved in receipt of the grant money or reporting on how the money was spent. This is the nonprofit’s responsibility.

I haven’t researched this ethical issue, this is my personal view. A grant writer should establish boundaries of what they will do for a nonprofit. Anything up to the point of submission can be the grant writer’s responsibility. Submission must be made by the executive director. After that, I think the grant writer’s responsibilities should be as a consultant, only.

  • For a nonprofit: a dishonest writer receiving grant money has all kinds of opportunities to take some of the money. They know all the details about the submission. Reporting on the grant money and a writer can control who receives the money and create false reports.
  • For a grant writer: other people can accuse the writer of dishonesty when it is someone else who is dishonest.

The grant writer should make sure the nonprofit understands the reporting process and procedures. Then, it is the nonprofit’s responsibility to correctly receive and account for the grant money. The nonprofit should report on how the money was spent.

Grant writers need to stay in their lane of responsibility. They find the opportunities and write the grants. To do anything else presents risks for the grant writer and nonprofit.

Anti-Clean Language

This blog post is about writers using profanity (obscenity, swearing, cussing, etc.). Are these words necessary in a story?

I think some profane words are all right in a novel if the words are part of the character’s personality. When a writer uses profanity everywhere, the novel is about the writer expressing a particular side of their personality. It’s not about the story.

I do not read books with excessive profanity (or graphic violence, I have the evening news for that). I think too much profanity pollutes the story with wordiness. The use of profanity can distract a reader and become a list of profane words without purpose.

Also, I find too much profanity boring. Yeah, the writer knows a lot of swear words, but can they write anything else? A writer who focuses on profane words is not focusing on the story.

If a writer uses profanity, how far should they go in the selection of words? I resent writers who use words that are anti-religious, racist, provoke ridicule, or are derogatory. Even if they keep within the character, I think this is unnecessary. If a writer wants the reader to know this about the character, they should do that in the story through active voice.

Profanity should not be the focus of the story. It should be the characters, plot, story line, and other elements in the story that make a good telling. Of course, there are readers who enjoy excessive profanity and do not care about the choice of words. That is not for me.

I’m interested in the story, plot, and characters. I enjoy word usage, style, and technique. Qualities I have never found in a novel with a list of profane words.

Steps in the grant writing process

These step-by-step procedures provide the basic processes to follow when writing grants.

A grant writer should only follow these steps after they have fully understood the nonprofit’s organization, their mission, and specific needs. A nonprofit should only follow this list if they are organized, have a mission, and know what their specific needs are.

In these procedures, there’s not much writing, a lot of preparing to write, and some work afterward if the grant is accepted. The first half of the list is the grant writer, the second half is the nonprofit.

The List

1. Conduct research and find a foundation that meets the nonprofit’s mission and needs
2. Once a foundation is found, learn more about it through further research
3. After further research, contact the foundation for more information
4. Read, more than once, the details of the grant application and research found. Make notes of keywords repeated.
5. Gather nonprofit data for the application
6. Write the application
7. Have at least one person read the application as an editor
8. Check everything over
9. Submit
10. Do not contact the foundation. Wait to hear from them.
11. If the foundation rejects the application, call and find out why for next time
12. If the foundation accepts, thank them immediately
13. Get reporting details and restrictions (if any) on spending the money
14. Receive the money
15. Spend the money
16. Report on the money to the foundation

A grant writer is responsible for steps 1 to 8 or just before submission of the grant application. The rest of the list, from submission to final reporting, is the responsibility of the nonprofit.

A grant writer should never be involved in the receipt of the money or reporting how it was spent. I will go into why on the next post about grant writing (in two weeks).