In last month's Grants Connection, I discussed progress made over the summer in building an infrastructure to support our grants work. Another indicator of our progress is our growing grantsmanship.
Grantsmanship is equally as important to earning awards as is the writing of proposals. Project Grantsmanship, an initiative of The Grantsmanship Center, describes grantsmanship as four key ingredients: planning programs that deliver results, increasing impact through collaboration, articulating clear and logical arguments for financial support, and identifying and working in partnership with funders who share our goals. Our own ingredients include the increasing project planning through teams of faculty and staff, the consideration of both internal and external collaborators who will bring strength to our concepts, and our vibrant activity in preparing and submitting proposals.
You already know that the grants world is dynamic - as regulations change and grantors evolve, so we must keep our grantsmanship on point. To help with this, a growing supply of tools is available to you in the Grants Community on Canvas, "Proposal Tips" in this newsletter links you to strategies, and suggested external resources in "This Month's Most Interesting Reading" (including a new article by Jack Kracier, "The Art of Grantsmanship") include data and policy reports that keep you environment-aware when building your case statement(s).
Let's talk about what else will be helpful to you in building grantsmanship skills, your own ideas about projects, and your dream collaborations.
PJ. Townsend, Director of College Grants