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Grant writing viable income source

Freelance outdoor writers might consider adding grant writing as an income source.
Grant writing and freelancing share similarities. Both require research. Both entail salesmanship to an editor or grantor. Success results from a well-written proposal detailing an interesting and important concept.
The recession has blasted big holes in the budgets of nonprofits just as they see demand for services rise. Many nonprofits have few employees and no grant writer or development specialist on staff. Yet, tight budgets require successful grant writing.
Any OWAA member able to research, write and sell complex articles would be able to write grants. Nearly every town enjoys the services of nonprofit organizations. To find out if they are interested in working with a freelance grant writer on a per-hour pay basis simply give the director a call. ◊
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By Rich Patterson, OWAA former president and director of the Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
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