Grant proposal writing is a skill developed with time and practice. Unlike previous days, skilled grant writers are the most in-demand professionals today. Having acquired these skills, you can are free to work as independent contractor, full-or part-time development officer, consultant or as freelance writer,
Way back in 2004, as a project manager of a child development project, I happened to attend a grant writing workshop on capacity building, sponsored by an International non-profit. This workshop opened my eyes to realise that, competency matters not just the certificate of completion. Over the time, several such workshops and courses have drastically improved my grant writing skill level. Just focus on developing your competency than bragging another certificate of credit.
Probably before getting enrolled ask few questions for yourself.
- What are you seeking to know about grant writing?
- Do you have any specific goals for it?
- Are you comfortable learning with a group or you prefer individual learning?
- Do you prefer online self-paced method?
- Or you require physical classes with time frames set?
- Are you seeking to earn education credits for your career or college?
- Will you be able to afford the cost? Or you are trying free grant writing course.?
As you try answering these questions, I am sure you will be able to decide and enrol in a grant writing course that best works for you. You should be able to research and decide before proceeding. Remember, it is not an issue of free or paid, but it should fetch some cultural currency, adding value for your time and energy, while increasing your competency.
Each one of us has different learning pace, skills and attitudes, hence, we need to know what works for us and what not. Are you familiar with the word ‘Andragogy’ synonymous with adult education, coined by Malcolm Shephered Knowles an American educator, defined it as the art and science of adult learning?
According to Malcolm Knowles, four suggested principles apply for adult learning
Adults need to be involved in the planning and evaluation of their instruction.
Experience (including mistakes) provides the basis for the learning activities.
Adults are most interested in learning subjects that have immediate relevance and impact to their job or personal life.
Adult education is problem-centered rather than content-oriented.
Before getting enroled, research for a while and try to review the course on your own and see if the content and delivery method of the course meets the above four parameters. I will be presenting a brief overview on some of the best online grant writing courses in my next article, however, meanwhile I encourage you to get your homework done.
As a skilled grant writer, your services and creative writing talent will touch people while improving their quality of life. I am sure upon successfully completing the course; you will be on your way to make a sigh of progress.