“How much time does it take to write a grant?” This is a common question that I am asked by those new to the field of grant seeking or new to working in a board role for an organization seeking grant funding.
The big answer is, you guessed it, it really depends.
What does it depend on? How do we narrow our estimate down as a grant professional when grants take anywhere from 5 hours (small private foundation requests) to well over 100+ hours (large federal proposals)? There are a number of key factors to consider including:
- If the program is already developed;
- How long the narrative requirement is for the grantmaker you want to apply for;
- What supportive charts/program design components are allowed or required including logic models and work plans.
- Are there collaborative partners involved in the proposed project or program;
- How many attachments and what type of attachments are required; and
- What the budget form requires and if a budget justification/narrative is required/allowed.
With so many factors at play, it is no wonder that there is no one standard answer to the question!
Looking for more information? Check out our YouTube video where I address this question.