Creating a Grants Office from Scratch (Part 4): Evaluating Culture

Posted by Stacy Fitzsimmons on Aug 4, 2014 10:00:00 PM

In previous posts of this series, we assessed the need for a grants office, established next steps, and talked strategy. In order to establish a strong grants office, guiding leadership and grant directors must also look to evaluating culture—the focus of this article.

describe the imageI hope for everyone reading this and looking to establish a grants office encounters few if any obstacles. That's not always possible, so this post is intended to provide you with some pointers to determine early how your road is paved:

  1. Meet with program leaders to discuss current funding, funding needs, and processes they have followed in pursuing funds in the past. This will give you a sense of where they have been, where they are, and where they need to go.
  2. Determine the climate of the organization. The tone of the conversations will give you the understory. If you find resistance, determine what the pain points are.
  3. Determine who the proponents of the grants office are. Are there people in the organization that are opposed to the grants office?

Work to understand the reasons why those that do not support the office hold their position. Many times, there needs to be more communication about the purpose and scope of the office. Clarity can help your cause.

In my final posts on this topic, I will address more details on establishing grant goals and launching your grants office. Stay tuned!

About the Author

Stacy Fitzsimmons, GPA member and grant writing professional

Stacy Fitzsimmons is founder of SNF Writing Solutions, a Planning-Proposal-Project Management consultancy. She has a passion for strategy, process, and implementation and enjoys working with a variety of nonprofit, corporate, and government clients nationally. Stacy is a state and federal grant expert with over $70 million in awards in the last 5 years. A contractor with Grants Professional Services, she can be reached at


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