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Grant That Grant!

I am currently investing my professional and creative energies toward writing an Area-Wide Planning Grant to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Writing this grant is by far the most intensive and strenuous literary work I've done to date, but I ENJOY it!!! Being awarded this grant would create an untold large number of jobs in a particular region of a city that is dear to my heart. (Under confidentiality, I am not yet sharing the details).

Writing a grant is demanding for both the rookie and the veteran. First you collect information and put it in writing. Once you've written it, you edit. As you edit, you're given more information to add to your existing draft. Then you measure your draft against the grant application, find out you're not addressing the issues in a manner the granting organization wants. From there you start all over.

I take on the project with three concepts in mind:

  1. To be productive is to be boring. This means getting off of Facebook, Twitter, and surfing random things on the web, silencing the phone, closing Spotify and Pandora, and eliminating anything else fun to accomplish what needs to get done.
  2. Writing a grant is like looking for treasure. As with any research-based writing, putting together a grant proposal requires the persistent and often monotonous information-digging to find the stuff of value. I'd say I read around 20-30 newspaper articles daily looking for relevant information to strengthen my proposal's argument.
  3. Ephesians 6:7 "with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men." Remember who the Boss is (not a man or woman). Taking a moment to reflect on this truth will send shock waves of energy and creativity through your work ethic. Work is so much more than a paycheck and good benefits.

The grant is due on November 30, 2012. I began working on the grant on October 29, 2012-- that's a small window for any work concerning EPA's guidelines. But it's all good. I have a newfound respect for grant writers, reporters, and authors who labor with me in researching, writing, and publishing information that benefits the readers, communities, cities, regions, the US, and the world.

"Information's pretty thin stuff, unless with mixed with experience." - Clarence Day
 
 
 
 

God Bless,

Matthew

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