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Overcoming Tremendous Challenges & Setbacks To Become A Grant Writer + Landing A Job - Brooke Woods

I love seeing the underdog come up victorious. Brooke Woods' story will inspire you because she overcame several challenges and came up victorious to fulfill her goal of learning grant writing and securing a job in this industry in just a few months. I've placed a table of content below to make it easier for you to skip to the section that interest you most.



Rodney Walker This is Rodney Walker, and I'm so excited today to have a very special guest, actually a grant rising rock star who's coming to us all the way from Arizona. I'm happy to have none other than Brooke Woods. Brooke, welcome today. How are you? 

Brooke Woods Hi, everyone. I'm doing well. How are you doing, Rodney? 

Rodney Walker I'm doing great. I've been so excited about this opportunity for us to connect because those are some great...

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What Is A Grant Writing Certification and What Does It Mean To Be Certified?

The road to getting a Grant Writing Certification doesn't have to be hard or confusing. I've made this video transcription easy to navigate by adding a table of content for you.

Hey guys, Rodney Walker here, Grant Central, USA, Grant Writers Association and Get Funded with Rodney. I want to talk to you today because a lot of people come my way and they ask me questions like Rodney, “what is a grant writing certification” and “is it required?” And they ask me questions such as, you know, where do I go to get this and all that?

And I want to make some videos to address some of these questions to make it easy for you to be able to understand this whole thing so that it won't...

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How To Break Into Grant Writing By Landing The Right Grant Writing Internship

 

I've included direct links to some of the sections to make it easy for you to navigate this page considering its length and valuable information.

Are you ready to get a grant writing internship? Well, if so, get ready for how to land the right grant writing internship. We're so excited that you're here on today and going to be looking at grant writing internships, the ins and outs of it. So who is this for? This is for anyone interested in possibly pursuing a career in grant writing and learning more about the ins and outs of grant writing internships and what that entails. It's...

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How to Become a Certified, Effective Grant Writer

Grant writers are crucial to non-profit organizations. Financial institutions, government agencies, and charitable foundations don’t award grants based on need alone. Your grant writers must speak the language of these organizations and communicate why your non-profit deserves funding.

In a way, your grant writers’ writing ability and convincing power determines whether or not you can secure funding. As such, investing in their skills development is a wise business move for your organization. By helping your grant writers improve, you also increase your chances of securing funding for the causes you pursue.

At Grant Central USA, we offer apprenticeship, coaching, and certification programs to help non-profits upskill their grant writers. Our grant writing training services help you boost your success rate and get the funding you need.

Grant Writing Apprenticeship

Our Get Funded Inner Circle (GFIC) members can be invited to our apprenticeship and coaching programs....

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Interested In Partnering?

Happy New Year!

I've got GREAT news for you. Would you like to partner with Grant Central USA?

We are happy to announce the launching of our new and improved affiliate program! We are looking for those who would like to expand the number of products and services they currently offer their clients, to help you become more profitable and increase the value to those you serve.

Our GET FUNDED Store has several products designed to help nonprofits, governmental agencies, and individuals with their grant development, management, and business growth. 

If you've ever thought about offering grant writing training but never had the time to do any on your own, we have got you covered with an array of courses you can start offering right away.

This means you would share in the revenues of any product you bring to the attention of someone who decides to purchase it.

In times past we've only partnered with large, well-established capacity building agencies who have sold our products,...

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The Tale of Two Would-Be Grant Writers

About three years ago, around late winter, I received a call from Laura Stevens*.

She was interested in learning how to write grants to transition into a new career as a grant writer because she had outgrown her current job.

However, she was having difficulty finding anyone who would take her underneath their wings to teach her.

Around the same time, I received an email from Melissa Anderson*, who also wanted to become a professional grant writer and start her own business.

She eagerly asked me several questions about what it took to succeed in grant writing and how I got started. I shared my experience, and she sounded like she was going to step out and do it.

I recently had an opportunity to connect with Laura. I was excited to learn that she had left her old job and was doing exceptionally well in her new role as a grant writer for a small nonprofit in the Midwest.

Melissa, on the other hand, was working for the same employer. She was quite frustrated that she had not...

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Does Your Agency Have A Grant Development Calendar?

I'm amazed at how many organizations are doing grant development by the seat of their pants without any sense of structure. They go after grants in a help-hazardous manner without a grant development calendar and without a sense of which grants they will be applying to that month or the months to come.

Most grant writers underestimate the power of being strategic and highly organized in their grant-seeking efforts, especially those that are new to the field.

However, more seasoned grant writers use being organized to their advantage. There are a number of reasons for this.

1. Being organized saves you tremendous time.

2. It helps you to become more strategic in your efforts which increases your success.

3. It helps you to become more efficient in pursuing the right grants at the right time.

These are just a few reasons why I would strongly recommend you develop a grant development calendar today.

However, those who choose not to will find themselves lagging behind and...

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Grant Development Team... You’ve Gotta Have One If You Wanna Win BIG!

 

If your organization is going to win the most grant money possible it MUST have a grant development team. PERIOD.

What is a grant development team?

This is a team committed to raising funds through grants that understand the ins and outs of grant development that oversees the consistent execution of a well thought out grant development strategy.

The team doesn’t have to be large, however, it MUST meet on regular bases and have goals that it targeting.

The top officer within your organization should be the leader of this team.

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Want to Be A Grant Writer? Act On It!

One of the greatest discoveries that I've made in life is realizing that I didn't have to let things happen to me but that I was able to take matters into my OWN hands!

WOW!

Yes, I discovered that life would GO IN THE DIRECTION that I chose for it to go IF I did ONE THING… yes, one thing.

I'll tell you more about that one thing in just a second, but for now let me tell you about a young lady name, Laura Stevens (name has been changed to protect her identity).

Laura recently approached me because she wanted to take matters into her own hands. She was sick and tired of working a job that was going nowhere and she felt like she was just existing.

  • She was doing a lot of what she really didn't want to do it all.
  • She wanted to be a grant writer… BUT there was one BIG PROBLEM.
  • She did not know how to write a grant.

Laura asked me for help.

Normally my busy schedule does not afford me the time nor the opportunity to talk to every individual one-on-one much about ways to...

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Are Grant Writing Certifications Worth Your Time?

Okay, I know what I'm about to say may be highly controversial… so BRACE yourself! I want to share with you what I really think about most Grant Writing Certifications.

Truthfully, I think most of them are a waste.

You heard me right… I said, “A WASTE!”

Now, I know what I just said is not going to get me nominated for any grant writing awards now or in the near future.

But, those aren’t important to me… besides, most of those are bias and are NOT given to those that are most deserving, rather those that are most self-serving for the organizations handing out the awards.

I often chuckle when I see awards being passed out to corporate sponsors... I guess the saying is true that you have to pay to play.

So Why Do I Think That Most Grant Writing Certifications Are A Waste?

Well, the are a number of reasons. But, I’ll spare you of my full list because the partial list suffices.

However, before I tell you why I think most of today's grant...

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