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Where Do Grants Fit into Strategic Plans?

Recently, I have encountered multiple nonprofits who decided to include grants in their strategic plans. Some have even been swayed to hire a grant writing consulting firm based on promises to integrate the grants process into their strategic planning. However, as a firm that facilitates implementable strategic plans AND provides quality grant writing, these approaches are like oil and water—they just don’t mix.

One might ask why not? Applying for grants can and should be strategic. Why shouldn’t strategic plans include grants?