“D.”---You’ve got to be the good sport that you are to put up with the amusing---but respectfully presented---comments you have received thus far. It could be that we simply are not as creative as you are to see something heroic about writing grants. But then, I was a director of development for many years, and I never did wear a cape for my fund-raising campaign crusades, nor could I leap over a tall deficit in a single bound. More often than not, I was in the soup, not Superman.
In truth, and seriously, the heroics come when people step forward and give their money to non-profit organizations so they can save and otherwise better the lives of people and creatures, and make for a better environment. The true heroic acts come in the form of contributions of money, effort, and time from donors and volunteers in the non-profit world.
We facilitators of such activity are really the behind-the-scene, unsung heroes and heroines. So, the travails and triumphs of a grant writer are mostly suffered and celebrated in a very small and tight circle of staff.
We’ll encourage you though, as best we can. At the start, you’ll be in a quandary to get the name of the profession right. Proposal Writer, Grant Writer, Grantwriter, Grant Writing Professional---what’s in a name to satisfy them all for starters?
We’ll try to meet your needs as you gave them regarding the day to day situations a grant writer experiences:
Of course, when the hard and dedicated work the grant writer puts into a proposal results in a grant award.
When any finished proposal finally gets out the door into the hands of a prospect.
When the boss or the program director fail to express their appreciation for a job well done.
When, with a grant award less than what was requested, the boss remarks, “Is that all you were able to get?”
When the grant writer’s proposals are expected to be funded all, or most, of the time.
When grant writers are expected to find viable and giving prospects where there are none.
When prospects have no interest whatever in the project for which funding is sought.
“D”---I think it’s going to be hard to look to the Pantheon of the Gods and draw on the qualities of Hero to depict a grant writer. But I do believe that Hercules would be a much better model for the work a grant writer performs.
If you are still, after all of this, going on with the project, perhaps you’ll find ways to use some of the material I have provided in my article:
--- Positioning Grant Writers For Success
Best of all good luck, and may you have a "Best Seller."