One of the major dilemmas that I have learned about over the years is that there are proposals written which never get “off the ground”, much less even get submitted. I’m aware of organizations that have spent hours, days and even months on researching and developing a particular proposal, yet it never gets sent in.


After investigating this predicament, I discovered that this occurs because of a simple omission and that is, no one is designated as the team leader. No one person is assigned the leadership role of getting the proposal written and submitted. Many times, an organization will select team members because of their expertise in research and their ability to write specific section of the proposal. This is fine, except the problem here is that this project lacks the leader who is needed to pull the sections all together, until it is too late.


I strongly recommend that to produce a successful proposal, someone must be clearly designated right up front as the team leader who’s responsible for getting the proposal written and submitted on time. It’s as simple as that, yet many times, organizations do not designate a specific person for this role. Thus, the grant-writing process suffers because the proposal pieces are never gathered and assembled in a timely fashion.


When you are both the team leader and the key writer, immediately, let everyone know that you are ultimately the “boss” for getting this proposal submitted. It is vital that right up front, you let everyone know who you are and what your roles are.  Regardless of the others who contribute to the proposal, in the end, you are the one who is totally responsible for the success or failure of this grant proposal.