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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Grant Writing, 3rd Edition

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An updated and revised edition-offering new information on some of the most popular topics in grant writing.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Introduction
  4. Part 1 - Getting Started
    1. Chapter 1 - The Practice of Grant Writing
      1. You Already Are a Grant Writer!
      2. Like Writing Mom and Dad
      3. Why Grant Writing Is the Answer
      4. The Stock Market and Grants
      5. The Complete Grant Writer
      6. A Week-by-Week Guide
    2. Chapter 2 - The ABCs of Grants
      1. A Closer Look at Grants
      2. Who Can Receive a Grant?
      3. What Can You Raise Money For?
      4. What Funders Look For
  5. Part 2 - Where the Money Is
    1. Chapter 3 - A Foundation Primer
      1. The Types of Foundations
      2. Corporate Foundations
      3. Foundations as the IRS Sees Them
    2. Chapter 4 - A Corporation Primer
      1. Corporate Foundations
      2. Corporate Foundations Versus Contributions Office
      3. Local Versus National Giving
      4. Corporate Matching Gifts
      5. Corporate Grants Versus Sponsorship
      6. Free Stuff and Free Consulting
      7. And the Letter Gets Sent Where?
    3. Chapter 5 - A Government Primer
      1. Grants
      2. It’s Never Free Money
      3. Who You Really Know: Earmarks
    4. Chapter 6 - An Individual Donor Primer
      1. Why People Give Away Their Money
      2. Propose to Me, and See What Happens
      3. The Cost of Giving
  6. Part 3 - Research, or Just How Nosy Are You?
    1. Chapter 7 - You Can Find It Online
      1. Foundations
      2. Corporations
      3. Government Funders
      4. People
      5. Research Portals
    2. Chapter 8 - You Can Find It Offline
      1. Directories
      2. Periodicals
      3. The Stuff You Used to Throw Away
    3. Chapter 9 - Narrowing Your Prospects
      1. Get the Details
      2. Avoid False Leads
      3. Funders Have Needs, Too
  7. Part 4 - Strategies for Success
    1. Chapter 10 - Sow Before You Reap
      1. Newsletters
      2. Events
    2. Chapter 11 - Testing the Waters
      1. Whom to Contact
      2. Inquiry Letters
      3. Inquiry Calls
      4. Informational Meetings
      5. When to Pull Strings
      6. Managing Your Contacts
    3. Chapter 12 - Planning for Success, Now and Tomorrow
      1. Developing a Grant-Writing Plan
      2. Developing a Three-Year Funding Plan
      3. Live by Your Schedule
  8. Part 5 - Writing the Proposal
    1. Chapter 13 - The Parts of a Grant Proposal
      1. Making the Case for Support
      2. Purpose of the Program
      3. Why You Are Doing This Project
      4. How You Will Make It Happen
      5. Who Will Do What?
      6. Who Will Benefit
      7. How You Will Know You’ve Done Well
      8. Summing It All Up
    2. Chapter 14 - Selling Your Project
      1. Making a Persuasive Argument for Each Funder
      2. Buzz, Buzz, Buzzwords
      3. Process Versus Outcomes
      4. Operating Support Proposals
      5. Last Call
    3. Chapter 15 - Dollars and Cents
      1. Budget Basics
      2. Who
      3. What—Direct Expenses
      4. What—Indirect Expenses
      5. When
      6. Where
      7. How
      8. Budget Narrative
      9. Putting It All Together
      10. Multiyear Budgets
      11. Organizational Budget
    4. Chapter 16 - The Cover Letter and Executive Summary
      1. Know Your Audience
      2. Personal Versus Personality
      3. For Current and Recent Funders
      4. For New Funders
      5. Cover Letter Checklist
      6. An Executive Summary Is Not Another Cover Letter
      7. Executive Summary Checklist
    5. Chapter 17 - Repute and Tribute
      1. You’ve Got History with This Issue
      2. Testimonials
      3. Other Endorsements
      4. Staff and Consultant Bios
      5. Are You Legal?
      6. Everything Else
    6. Chapter 18 - Putting It All Together
      1. Final Internal Review
      2. You Can Be Too Pretty
      3. Playing to Your Audience
      4. Getting the Package Delivered
    7. Chapter 19 - Other Types of Applications
      1. Letter Proposals
      2. Form Proposals
      3. Online Applications
      4. E-Mail Submissions
  9. Part 6 - Everything Else You Need to Know
    1. Chapter 20 - Waiting for and Receiving the Verdict
      1. Don’t Be a Nudge
      2. Handling Rejection
      3. Acceptance
    2. Chapter 21 - Reporting on Success
      1. Developing a Relationship
      2. Giving Credit Where Credit’s Due
      3. Keeping in Touch
      4. Gathering Information
      5. Progress Reports
      6. Spending the Money
      7. Grant Extensions and Exceptions
      8. The Final Report
      9. Combined Final Report and Renewal Request
    3. Chapter 22 - Advice for Individual Grant Seekers
      1. Research Is Still the First Step
      2. Web Portals for Individual Grant Seekers
      3. Books for Individual Grant Seekers
      4. How Does “Me.org” Sound?
      5. Grant Proposals for Individuals
      6. Expressing Yourself in Numbers
    4. Chapter 23 - Working as a Freelance Grant Writer
      1. The Makings of a Freelance Grant Writer
      2. Developing a Portfolio
      3. Creating a Resumé
      4. Bragging Rights
      5. Working with Clients
      6. Finding Work
      7. The Efficient Practice
    5. Chapter 24 - The Business Side of Freelancing
      1. To Incorporate or Not?
      2. Caution: Red Tape Ahead!
      3. Setting Your Fee
      4. Good Contracts Make for Good Clients
      5. Maintain an Ethical Practice
  10. Appendix A - Glossary
  11. Appendix B - Offline Resources
    1. Funder and People Directories
    2. Writing Guides
    3. Research and Grant Writing Guides
    4. Resources for Individual Grant Seekers
    5. Forming a Nonprofit Organization
    6. Consulting
    7. Useful Organizations in the United States
    8. Useful Organizations in Canada
  12. Appendix C - Internet Resources
    1. General Information on Grant Writing and Research
    2. Government Resources
    3. Foundation Resources
    4. Corporate Resources
    5. People Research
    6. Individual Grantseeker Resources
    7. Fiscal Sponsors
    8. Forming a Nonprofit Organization
    9. Consulting
    10. Canadian Resources
  13. Appendix D - Sample Foundation Grant Proposal
  14. Appendix E - Sample Corporate Grant Proposal
    1. Cover Letter
    2. Proposal
    3. Budget
  15. Appendix F - Sample Sponsorship Proposal
    1. Cover Letter
    2. Benefits and Demographics Sheet
  16. Appendix G - Sample Government Grant Proposal
    1. Proposal
    2. Folk Arts Collaborative
  17. Appendix H - Sample Final Report
    1. Cover Letter
    2. Final Report
    3. Budget Report
  18. Appendix I - The Elements of a Grant Proposal
  19. Appendix J - The Hallmarks of a Good Grant Writer
  20. Index