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Everything Grant Writing Book, 2nd Edition

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If you're a fundraiser, you know that raising money is the key to every nonprofit's success. But the competition for funds can be fierce and the obstacles many. The Everything Grant Writing Book, 2nd Edition gives you the insider information you need to get past the gatekeepers, beat out the competition, and obtain those much-needed funds. This completely updated guide shows you how to: Do the necessary research to find available grants; Write an effective statement of need; Build community collaborations and partnerships; Develop a budget and budget narrative; Formats for effective letters of inquiry; Write proposals for capital projects; Find current online foundation resources; Focus on sustainability, the most important concept in philanthropy today. From writing letters of inquiry and developing action plans to outlining and drafting proposals, The Everything Grant Writing Book, 2nd Edition helps you get the funds you need-every time!

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Dedication
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. Acknowledgements
  7. Top Ten Reasons to Learn Grant Writing
  8. Introduction
  9. 1 The World of Grant Writing
    1. What Is a Grant Proposal?
    2. Four Absolutely Essential Skills
    3. Grant Writing Versus Fundraising
    4. Two Approaches
    5. Planning Is Critical
  10. 2 Finding the Money
    1. A Brief History of U.S. Philanthropy
    2. Government Funding Sources
    3. Where Do You Find RFPs?
    4. Philanthropic Organizations
    5. Requests for Proposals
    6. Grant-Source Searches
    7. “Cold Calling” Versus Responding to RFPs
  11. 3 Government Grants
    1. Local-Government Funds
    2. State-Government Funds
    3. Intermediary Funds
    4. Federal Grants
    5. Federal Register
    6. Other Sources of Information
  12. 4 Foundation Grants
    1. Funding from a Foundation
    2. Corporate Foundations
    3. Family Foundations
    4. Private Independent Foundations
    5. Community Foundations
    6. Other Sources of Grants and Funding
    7. Billionaire Foundations
    8. Requesting Guidelines
    9. Other Sources of Information
  13. 5 The Right Source
    1. When Is a Government Grant Appropriate?
    2. When Is a Foundation Grant Appropriate?
    3. A Checklist of Considerations
    4. Narrowing the Field of Prospects
    5. Reading Guidelines
    6. Reading RFPs
  14. 6 Grant-Seeker Workshops and Conferences
    1. What Is a Grant-Seeker Workshop?
    2. Who Holds Workshops?
    3. When You Should Attend a Workshop
    4. What Will You Learn?
    5. Advantages and Disadvantages
  15. 7 Letters of Intent and Inquiry
    1. What’s the Difference?
    2. When to Send a Letter of Intent
    3. Components of a Strong Letter of Intent
    4. Sample Letter of Intent
    5. When to Use a Letter of Inquiry
    6. Components of a Strong Letter of Inquiry
    7. Sample Letter of Inquiry
  16. 8 Components of a Grant Proposal
    1. What to Expect
    2. Follow the Directions
    3. Follow the Outline
    4. There Is No Outline?
    5. Essential Components
    6. Federal Register Instructions Example
  17. 9 Preparing to Write
    1. Know Your Readers
    2. Outlining
    3. Brainstorming
    4. Planning Responsive Programs
    5. What’s the Deadline?
    6. A Checklist of Procedures and Tasks
  18. 10 Planning for Letters of Support
    1. What Is a Letter of Support?
    2. Who Should Write It and Sign It?
    3. When to Start Soliciting Letters
    4. Writing a Support Letter
    5. Sample Support Letters
    6. Knowing How Many Letters You Need
  19. 11 Writing a Statement of Need
    1. Introduce the Organization
    2. Selecting Appropriate Data
    3. Locating Data
    4. Use Data to Support Your Case
    5. State Your Case
    6. Use a Gap Analysis
    7. Citing Resources
    8. Sample Needs Statement
  20. 12 Writing Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes
    1. What’s the Distinction?
    2. Writing Goals: What Will You Accomplish?
    3. Writing Outcomes: What Will Change?
    4. Writing Objectives: What Will You Do?
    5. Putting It All Together
    6. Completing a Project Description
  21. 13 Writing Action Plans and Timelines
    1. What Are Action Steps?
    2. Who’s Responsible?
    3. How Long It Takes to Achieve Goals
    4. Illustrating Goals
    5. Sample Action Plans
    6. Balancing Ambition with Realism
  22. 14 Designing an Evaluation Plan
    1. The Language of Evaluators
    2. Types of Evaluations
    3. Asking the Right Questions
    4. Determining Results
    5. Linking Evaluation to Goals and Objectives
    6. Sample Evaluation Plans
  23. 15 Developing a Budget and Budget Narrative
    1. How Much Can You Request?
    2. Match Requirements
    3. In-Kind Support
    4. Multiyear Requests
    5. Taking Care of Partners
    6. Planning for Sustainability
    7. Writing the Budget Narrative
    8. Citing Other Sources of Funding
    9. Sample Budget and Narrative
  24. 16 Other Grant-Proposal Sections
    1. What You May Encounter and Where
    2. Collaboration/Partnership
    3. Review of Literature
    4. Staff Qualifications
    5. Management Plans
    6. Competing Programs/Agencies
    7. Constituency Involvement
    8. Sustainability Plans
    9. Status of Fundraising Efforts
    10. Organizational History
    11. Funding Priorities
    12. Challenge Grants
  25. 17 Capital-Grant Proposals
    1. What Is a Capital Project?
    2. Who Gives to Capital Campaigns?
    3. Writing a Capital-Grant Proposal
    4. Unique Proposal Sections
  26. 18 Write It Well
    1. Use Everyday Language
    2. Explain Acronyms and Terms
    3. Name Your Project
    4. Use Strong, Active Verbs
    5. Speak with Authority
  27. 19 Reviewing Your Work
    1. Spelling, Grammar, and Punctuation
    2. Page Counts Count
    3. Using Headings
    4. What Is a Rubric?
    5. Enlist the Aid of Readers
    6. Using the Rubric or Evaluation Criteria
  28. 20 Filling Out Forms
    1. What to Expect
    2. Cover Sheets
    3. Identity Numbers
    4. Assurances and Certifications
    5. Budget Forms
    6. Fitting into the Spaces Provided
    7. Getting Signatures
  29. 21 Packaging and Submitting Your Proposal
    1. Writing an Abstract or Summary
    2. Writing Cover Letters
    3. Using Color, Photos, and Other Graphics
    4. Using Dividers, Binders, or Bindery
    5. Attachments and Appendices
    6. Electronic Submissions
    7. Making and Marking Copies
    8. Shipping and Delivery Options
  30. 22 Next Steps
    1. What’s Next?
    2. Simultaneous Submissions
    3. If the Proposal Is Denied …
    4. You Got the Grant—Now What?
    5. Writing a Media Announcement
    6. The Progress Report
  31. 23 Writing Grants as a Career
    1. Basic Skills of Grant Writers
    2. Getting Started
    3. Generalist or Specialist?
    4. Range of Services
    5. Potential Earnings
  32. Appendix A Glossary
  33. Appendix B Resources
  34. Appendix C Sample Federal Grant Proposal
  35. Appendix D Sample Foundation Grant Proposal
  36. Appendix E Sample Capital Grant Proposal
  37. Index