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From A Thought To A Grant Writing Business In Just A Few Months: Special One-on-One Interview with Camille Ricks

  Join me by watching this interview with our special guest Camille Ricks as she reaches her goal. She's the owner and founder of Ricks Creative Agency. Below is the transcription of our interview. Enjoy!


Rodney Walker: Hello, guys. Rodney Walker here of Grant Central USA and today, I'm excited to have a rock star who's doing some incredible things in the grant writing arena, none other than Miss Camille Ricks. Welcome, Camille.

Camille Ricks: Hello, Rodney. Thank you so much for inviting me here.

Rodney Walker: I'm so excited to have you here. And I'm excited about what's going on with you. I've been hearing some incredible things and I'm excited for our listeners to be able to get a chance to hear some of your stories. So tell me this,...

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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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✨Four Magical Words That Might Change Your Life

She had no idea how she was going to start and grow her business and was mentally afraid to take the first step until... until... until she heard "four magical words" that helped to unlock her true potential… but more on this later.

On Monday, I visited one of my favorite places in California… the Huntington Library and Gardens.

I love going there because it is so beautiful and peaceful. This time I spoke with a tour guide name Bill to learn a little more about the Chinese Garden.

Bill, a peppered haired, wise man in his late 60s began to explain to me the difference between the Japanese and Chinese Garden. I must admit, both are quite serene and lovely.

He said that the Japanese Garden was designed to be “looked at” and “admired”…almost like viewing a beautiful painting.

However, the Chinese Garden was designed for “YOU to be in the picture… YOU are a part of the design!”

Wow! This really struck me when...

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Grant Writing Business Portfolio... and Why Every Grant Writer Needs One!

If the saying is true, "Seeing is believing," then it pays to have a grant writing portfolio.

Just think about it for a moment...

  • Photographers have their photos
  • Painters have their painting displayed in galleries
  • Musicians have their music on CD's and MP3 files for us to hear

But, where do Grant Writers have their grant proposals?

Hidden away in some electronic files on their computer

No way! Please say this isn't so. If you are a grant professional you are well aware that grant writers can become very protective of the grant proposals they have developed.

However, there is no need to hide them from potential clients. Right?

There are a few reasons why you should have a portfolio:

  1. Nearly every potential client will want to see a sample of your work before contracting your services. This is your time to shine.
  2. Many job openings for grant writers will request two or three samples of your writings before they are willing to even have a conversation with you. You will...
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