You Know You Are a Grant Writer When…

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You Know You Are a Grant Writer When…

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Recently at the GPA national conference, I was sitting with a group of friends and one made a pun about the grant profession. We all laughed, and the joke-teller said, “Isn’t it nice to be with people who get puns like this?” Yes, it is.


You know you are a grant writer when . . .

  • You drink an enormous amount of coffee
  • You have passionate feelings on the Oxford comma debate
  • You look forward to emails from the Grant Professionals Association
  • You know what #Grantchat is
  • You either have or are working towards earning your Grant Professionals Certification
  • You have experienced writer’s block on multiple occasions
  • You get excited about office supplies including but not limited to pens, pencils, highlighters, color-coded folders, and calculators
  • You create logic model, deadlines, and checklists for every part of your life
  • You have mad research skills
  • You have these three books on your shelf and probably many others like them
  • You think International Grant Professionals Day should be a national holiday
  • You know how to check the word count/character count in every word processing app
  • You know how to read a 990
  • You used Grammarly to double check your grammar on this blog post
  • You love hanging out with grant people


For me, truly the best part of #lifeasagrantwriter is the awesome people I get to interact with on a daily basis. Grant people are the best people.


To find other ways you know your a grant writer when, look for the hashtag #lifeasagrantwriter and/or #lifeasagrantpro on social media.


How do you know you’re a grant writer?


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After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies from Ball State University, Bethany Turner got her start in the grant professional as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in 2011. Since becoming a grant professional, Bethany has worked with six different organizations securing more than a million dollars in federal, state, and private foundation funds. These grant monies have been awarded for disaster response and rebuilding, humanitarian aid, grief counseling, arts and culture, arts education, drama therapy, historic preservation, and higher education. In 2015, Bethany earned a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration from Western Kentucky University. Bethany serves as a Grant Consultant for DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services, LLC. Bethany became a Grant Professional Certified in October of 2016

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