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Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.

—Mr. Rogers

Oh, it’s delightful to have ambitions … and there never seems to be any end to them—that’s the best of it! Just as soon as you attain one ambition you see another one glittering higher up still. It does make life so interesting.

—Anne Shirley (L.M. Montgomery)


The information provided in this chapter will assist the reader to:

  • Gain knowledge in how to locate, write, and obtain grant funding.

  • Identify the pros and cons to developing and implementing a program based on grant funding.

  • Build skills in seeking out funding sources to ascertain as much information as possible before writing a grant.

  • Acknowledge the need to celebrate and accept challenges during the grant-writing process.


Acquiring money is a helpful, and often mandatory, task to help with the processes involved in a research or evidence-based practice venture. Key factors when searching for grants are identifying your skills and knowledge to carry out the inquiry, finding supporting evidence, enlisting people to help you with the project, and maintaining persistence and perseverance. Grant writing involves a combination of the following:

  • A well-thought-out and written work plan

  • A collaborative and cooperative team

  • An exhaustive search of your resources (in-house and out-of-house)

  • A plan to network and check in with key supporters of the grant project (i.e., letters of support, administrative assistant time, work-study student)

  • A keen knowledge and insight into the client’s needs for the program or product you are proposing

  • A simple, yet inclusive mission statement as to why you need money (Figure 15-1)

Figure 15-1

Charge to Engage in Grant Writing

When going through the process of grant writing, a helpful saying to recall is, “It is amazing how much you can accomplish when it doesn’t matter who gets the credit” (unknown source).

Every single grant is different, yet the application process puts similar demands on your time and resources. The first priority is to recognize the mission of your project’s targeted funding source. Determine upfront if their mission and requirements align with those of your project. Do not apply for a grant that is going to compromise the process or outcomes of what you want to accomplish.

When gathering information to support the components of the grant, start by utilizing what you have already written in your thesis, dissertation, or evidence-based practice plan. Start with your abstract and then look at your literature review. You will find that many of the answers to the questions asked in the grant ...

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