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There may be many more networks of grant writers than those having websites, but it’s hard to verify their existence remotely without one. This post is the last in a series; it surveys the online presence of networks of grant writers across the United States of America. Earlier posts examined the purposes and benefits of such networks and outlined some considerations for starting up a local network of grant writers.

 

Overview of Grant Writers Networks:

In the summary table below, Y (Yes) means that evidence of an attribute was found on a network’s website; N (No) means that it was not found there; and a — (dash) means that the evidence was inconclusive. Note: At the end of the post a list aligns Columns 1-15 with the networks’ names and embedded website links.

 

Out of 15 networks, 15 (or 100%) had websites of varying coverage; 10 (or 67%) stated the year or date when the network was first established; 9 (or 60%) gave a mission statement; 8 (or 53%) gave a purpose (or goals) statement; 9 (or 60%) stated which types of professionals participated in the network; and 5 (or 33%) stated that membership was open to anyone who was interested.

 

Grant Writers Networks in the US

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

Website

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Date Established

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

N

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

N

Y

N

Mission Statement

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

N

Y

Y

Y

N

Purpose Statement

N

N

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

N

Y

N

Y

N

N

Y

Membership Types 

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

N

N

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Open Membership

N

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

N

N

N

Y

N

N

 

Date of Establishment:

Of the 10 networks of grant writers about which it was possible to learn when they were established, half (or 50%) were established in 2010 or later; two (or 20%) were established in 2000 through 2009; and three (or 30%) were established in 1990 through 1999. The oldest one appeared to be the Puget Sound Grant Writers Association, established in 1990.

 

Geographic Distribution:

Networks of grant writers had an online presence in nine states: Florida (3), Ohio (3), Iowa (2), Wisconsin (2), California (1), Georgia (1), Michigan (1), Missouri (1), and Washington (1).

 

Network Activities:

Among the activities in which many of the 15 networks regularly engaged were:

  • Professional networking
  • Professional development
  • Providing access to education and training
  • Promoting partnerships and collaboration
  • Promoting interdisciplinary intra-university collaboration
  • Promoting collaboration and support among peers
  • Promoting collaboration among nonprofits
  • Fostering connections among grant seekers, nonprofits, and funders,
  • Providing tools for problem solving among grant seekers
  • Sharing resources among network participants
  • Connecting grant seekers to resources
  • Enhancing participants’ writing skills
  • Assisting participants in identifying resources

 

The Grant Writers Roundtable (Grand Rapids, MI) holds its meetings at a different location each month — mostly at nonprofit organizations — so that its members can learn more about them.

 

The Puget Sound Grant Writers Association (Seattle, WA) holds an annual fall conference attended by as many as 400 persons. It also holds an annual funders forum and conducts informal grants cafés to foster networking.

 

The University of Missouri Office of Research Grant Writer Network (Columbia, MO) has published a reference book for faculty in institutions of higher education titled, Grant Seeking in Higher Education: Strategies and Tools for College Faculty (2012).

 

Table Reference List with Dates of Inception:

The names of networks of grant writers are listed in alphabetical order. The numbers correspond to the table summarizing selected attributes. The parenthetic dates are the apparent years of inception of each network; NA indicates ‘Not Available’.

 

If you know of another network of grant writers — operating in the United States of America and missing from this list — please submit a comment! 

 

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