I’m not being nostalgic when I say that I liked grants when they were on paper.
Back in the days when I had to print out the application and fill it in with a pen.
Back when I had to press CDR’s and print a label that I would meticulously apply on to the CD.
I liked having to go to the post office and mail it off.
I even liked having to drive thirty minutes downtown to drop off the application at the office if it was deadline day.
I liked all of these things because I know most people weren’t willing to do it.
They weren’t willing to put in the extra work required and as a result, the odds swung in my favour.
Now its more of a level playing field. It’s easier to write an application.
It should be a good thing – grants are accessible to a wider variety of applicants.
But with standardization, it has limited the ability to stand out.
Back then I would print with colour. My marketing plans were often more than twenty pages so I would get them coiled at Staples. The attention to detail made it stick out.
Now everything is done at your computer. It’s tough to stand out.
But not impossible. Knowing the importance of sticking out, I continue to look for the extra step that I can take to separate from the pack.