Grant writing in criminal justice and related agencies is an acquired skill that is greatly underutilized today. Indeed, it is common for agencies to hire an outside consultant to write grant proposals or to have an officer with no formal grant-writing training improvise, often with very little success.
Within the Discussion Board area, write 400–600 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions by your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas:
- Why do you think grant writing is an essential skill for criminal justice and related agencies? Explain.
- Why do you think that this skill is underutilized today in criminal justice and related fields? Explain.
- What are the potential benefits of having a skilled grant writer in a criminal justice or related agency? Explain.
How might the position of grant writer differ depending on the size of the agency?