50 Mistakes Grant Writers Make 

by Vanessa Collins

There are many reasons why grant proposals are not chosen. Sometimes it is simply the fact that a limited amount of money has been allocated for that funding cycle. That is something, as a grant writer, you cannot control. However, many times grant proposals are not funded because the proposal itself was poorly written. The ideas were not clear or there was a glaring error in the budget. Maybe a section was completed incorrectly or missing entirely. As a result, the proposal was rejected due to a process of elimination. You may not be able to control how much money is available for a particular grant program or how many proposals are competing for those resources. However, you can control how your proposal looks and how clearly the ideas are presented.

The purpose of this book is to help you, the grant writer, present your case in the best way possible. Although there are many errors that can be made when preparing a grant proposal, fifty of the most common mistakes grant writers make are highlighted here. The information presented here, including the checklist which is available on our website, will make it easy for you to evaluate your proposal before you submit it.

If you are a professional grant writer who writes and submits a number of grant proposals every year, these mistakes may seem trivial. However, if you do not write grant proposals on a regular basis and grant writing is one of the many hats that you wear in your organization, this book was designed for you.

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Other Books by Vanessa Collins

The Promises of Jesus

In this incredible 31-day journey, you will be able to renew your mind regarding these awesome, life changing promises.  Each devotional contains a powerful promise, a meditation on the promise to help you understand the passage, a power affirmation to help you renew your mind and apply the promise to your life and a beautiful color photo.

The Promises of God

Are you living God’s best? Would you like to walk victoriously in the promises of God? If so, you are invited to participate in this 31-day journey to renew your mind with the promises of God.  Act now and pick up this book to start your transformation today!

Intensive Faith Therapy

Intensive Faith Therapy is an intense examination of our trust, hope, faith, praise and thoughts toward God. Discover the three conditions that must be met in order for God to grant the desires of your heart (one of which involves laughter), how your attitude about worship affects the manifestation of God in your life, and even ways to repair your faith in the face of disaster and so much more.

Vanessa Collins

Vanessa Collins is a minister, author, speaker, seminar leader, coach and entrepreneur.  She is founder of the online Bible Study ministry, Intensive Faith Ministries International. She has over 20 years of experience in church leadership, youth and women’s ministries, teaching, evangelism (jail ministry), church administration (including finance and bookkeeping), and program coordination.

Rev. Collins hosts a Morning Empowerment Call each morning, Monday through Friday at 8 AM (EST). This 20 minute inspirational call consists of a daily scripture, meditation and affirmation/prayer for the day.  The conference call number is 218-862-7200, Access code 289480.

Vanessa is co-owner of Heart Thoughts Publishing and has written several books including, “Intensive Faith Therapy,” “The Promises of God,” and the “The Promises of Jesus.” Along with being an author, Vanessa is co-owner of V & A Consulting with Arlene Bell. They own and operate Heart Thoughts Publishing Company and Worship Moments Recording Label. In addition to Vanessa’s book titles, Heart Thoughts Publishing has published a number of titles from gifted authors including Lawrence Perkins and Dorsey Howard. Worship Moments released its first audio product, “The Words We Speak,” a Christian meditation, written by Vanessa Collins with voice and music by Bob Doyle/Boundless Music.

Vanessa also owns Vanessa Collins LLC which is business coaching and consulting firm specializing in author/publishing coaching, social media branding, and business planning. Vanessa Collins Online is Vanessa’s quarterly magazine publication. This Christian based publication is packed with articles that are truly inspirational, motivational and educational. They cover everything from praising God to how to save at the grocery store. They feature veteran writers as well as some new and upcoming talent.

Vanessa recently launched 2 new online training programs. Intensive Faith Therapy Personal Success Lifestyle is free teaching series designed to help support your personal success. Topics include: The Mind, Imagination, Discovering Your Purpose and Passion, Affirmations, Releasing Doubts and Fears, Meditation, Visualization, and Imaginative Prayer.  Write and Publish Your Book in 5 Months™ is paid training series that will you through the writing and publishing process, regardless of where you are starting from.

Vanessa received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, graduating with honors. She worked as an Environmental Engineer for Amoco Corporation for 13 years and served as Administrator/Teacher for the Hazel Young Academy for 8 years.