I love the show “Good Eats“, and I’m a huge fan of Alton Brown. He’s almost on par with Bill Nye and Neil DeGrass Tyson, that’s how much I like him.

And yes, it’s the weird humor quirky stuff and tracing the history of food, but mostly it’s the kitchen gadgets. I mean, he takes one thing and uses it in many different ways. For example, I learned from him to use my cast iron skillet for flattening out my chicken breasts before breading and frying them into deliciousness incarnate.

It’s this ‘find the best tool for the job, even if that’s not the job the tool was intended for’ that appeals to me. It’s thinking outside of the box. It’s finding a solution using what you have. It’s being creative in the face of what society tells you you SHOULD do. [Is there a worse word than ‘should’, by the way?]

This is how I feel about grant proposals.

I mean, you come up with this brilliant idea- a project or program that’s really going to make a HUGE difference in the lives of your students- then you go through all this work to create a provocative request for funding- one that is ultimately customized to appeal to a single donor or foundation- and then you either get the funding or you don’t.

Either way, most of us file the proposal away, only to review it when necessary to provide feedback if we received the funding at all.

It’s like some of THESE KITCHEN GADGETS that Alton Brown would call a ‘uni-tasker’.

It’s wasteful and I don’t like it.

So let me propose something to you about your proposals:

They should be used over and over again to get you the funding you rightly deserve.

Once you know how to craft a solid proposal- a provocative ‘ask’ for funding- you can use it over and over again…. and I’ll have a list for the ways you can in my very next post. And, of course, if YOU have ideas, comment below!

Until then, I invite you to attend one of my upcoming sessions of “How to Write a Grant in 30 Minutes or Less”. Just click the button below and I’ll save you a seat!