I am getting so excited about this all-new grant writing course! Here is a possible grants writing timeline that I offer in my course so that you give yourself ample amount of time for the whole process.
Consider creating a timeline that gives you about 6 months to a year for the entire process. Giving yourself ample amount of time will ensure that you can write your best proposals. Also, it will ensure that you have enough time to cultivate relationships with potential funders. Things you will include in this timeline are: meetings, allotted time for writing, revision time, collecting the supplemental documents, cultivating a relationship with the funder, researching, etc.
Here is an example of a timeline for grant writing:
Month 1: Identify the need, hold preliminary meetings with colleagues.
Month 2: Assign a project director and others who can help plan/write the proposal. Prepare a detailed work plan. Make preliminary assignments. Conduct a needs assessment. Discuss options for how to approach the need. Begin researching potential funders. Hold meetings with the board of directors and everyone else who needs to get on the same page. Make sure that you have legal eligibility.
Month 3: complete research of funding sources. Start cultivating relationships with potential funders/grantors. Understand the requirements for each grant and make sure that you can meet them.
Month 4: Finalize the need statement, project idea, and project design. Develop the first draft of the proposal and start the revision process.
Month 5: revise. Complete the final grant and gather all of the necessary supplemental documents.
Month 6: Send in the grant application
Most likely, you will hear back from the funder within 4-8 months.