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Six Skills of a Successful Grant Writer

Have you ever wondered if you could become a successful grant writer? Evaluate your skill level in these six areas to find out.

The Six Must-Have Skills:

  1. Creative Thinking: Are you able to evaluate a situation and represent it in a clever and compelling way? Are you able to look at academic or demographic data and tell a story about what is possible? For example, can you envision how a school garden can transform an unsightly courtyard into a community gathering spot and science lab? If so, you might be a grant writer.

  2. Precise Expression: Are you able to distill your thoughts into just a few words, leaving the reader with a clear understanding and the motivation to say “Yes!” to the project? If so, you might be a grant writer.

  3. Number Crunching: A school’s operating budget reflects the school’s priorities. The school report card, attendance records, survey results, and behavior reports show the effectiveness of current programming and personnel. They can powerfully illustrate how a little support will equip teachers to serve their students better. Are you able to see patterns in numbers? If so, you might be a grant writer.

  4. Tenacity: Deadlines, unwieldy requests, and impossibly short word counts make grant writing a challenging job. Do these intimidate you or excite you? You might be a grant writer if these excite you.

  5. Website Wizard: Most funders use online portals for grant applications, which aren’t always reliable or user-friendly. Frequently, you will have to ask questions, follow complex directions, manage usernames and passwords, and respond efficiently to surprise requirements. Does this overwhelm you, or are these skills in your wheelhouse? If you have these skills, you might be a grant writer.

  6. Grammarian: Grant writers must write effectively and follow the rules of grammar, punctuation, and presentation. Do you have fun discussing the Oxford comma and debating whether or not you should adopt one space after a period? If so, you might be a grant writer.

Get Started Today!

So what do you think? If you have these six skills, you might be wondering what you should do next.

KLR Partners offers Grant Writing Made Easy, a 4-session, online grant writing course.

Each session is 30-45 minutes long and explains how to begin your grant writing career.

For $105, you receive the following:

  • A list of classroom grants.

  • A step-by-step guide to grant writing.

  • A list of all required documents.

  • Lifetime access to training videos.

  • Access to a certified grant writer who has helped schools win over $19M in grant awards.

  • A clear understanding of what you will see in any grant application.

Reach out to enroll today! Email Katy Ridnouer, MEd, GPC at or visit her website:

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