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The Only Grant-Writing Book You'll Ever Need

Book Description

Written by two expert authors who have won millions of dollars in government and foundation grants—and revised to include vital up-to-the minute interviews with grantmakers, policy makers, and nonprofit leaders about seeking grants in today’s economic climate—this new edition of the classic book on grant seeking provides a comprehensive, step-by-step guide for grant writers.

INCLUDING:
•CONCRETE SUGGESTIONS FOR DEVELOPING EACH SECTION OF A PROPOSAL
•HANDS-ON EXERCISES THAT LET YOU PRACTICE WHAT YOU LEARN
•A GLOSSARY OF TERMS
•FUNDERS ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS THAT EXPLAIN WHY THEY AWARD GRANTS…AND WHY THEY DON’T
•ROUNDTABLE ON GRANTSMANSHIP AND THE ECONOMY

The Only Grant-Writing Book You’ll Ever Need demystifies the process and reveals indispensable advice, continuing to be essential reading for grant seekers everywhere.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction to the Fourth Edition
  7. Roundtable: Grantsmanship and the Economy
  8. Part I: Prerequisites
    1. Lesson 1: Who Am I? (and What in the World Do I Want to Do?)
    2. Lesson 2: Wait a Second—What Is a Grant . . . and Where Do I Get One?
    3. Lesson 3: Making (Dollars and) Sense of Grant-Application Packages: What Grantmakers Want
    4. Lesson 4: Getting Ready to Write a Grant Proposal
      1. •If You’re a Not-for-Profit Organization . . .
      2. •If You’re a Government Agency or School District . . .
      3. •If You’re an Individual Grant Seeker . . .
    5. Lesson 5: Intangibles: Things They Never Tell You (About Proposal Writing)
    6. Funders Roundtable I
  9. Part II: It’s Finally Time to Write the Proposal
    1. Lesson 6: Writing (Proposals) with Style: 12 Basic Rules
    2. Lesson 7: Identifying and Documenting the Need: What Problem Will a Grant Fix?
    3. Lesson 8: Goals and Objectives: What Do You Hope to Achieve if You Get the Money?
    4. Lesson 9: Developing and Presenting a Winning Program
    5. Lesson 10: Finding Partners and Building Coalitions (The MOUs That Roared)
    6. Lesson 11: The Evaluation Plan: How Can You Be Sure if Your Program Worked?
    7. Lesson 12: The Budget: How Much Will It Cost . . . and Is the Cost Reasonable?
    8. Lesson 13: Sustainability: How Will You Continue the Program When the Grant Funds Run Out?(and You’d Better Not Say, “I Won’t!”)
    9. Lesson 14: Capacity: Proving That You Can Get the Job Done
    10. Lesson 15: Front and Back: The Cover Page or Cover Letter, the Abstract, the Table of Contents, and the Appendix
    11. Funders Roundtable II
  10. Part III: And After the Proposal . . .
    1. Lesson 16: The Site Visit—Playing Host
    2. Lesson 17: So Now You Know—What Next?
    3. Funders Roundtable III
  11. Appendices
    1. Appendix 1: 50 Tips for Improving Your Chances of Winning a Grant
    2. Appendix 2: Proposal Checklist
    3. Appendix 3: Glossary
    4. Appendix 4: Sample Grant Forms
      1. •Washington (D.C.) Area Common Grant Application Form
      2. •Federal Cover Page, Form ED 424
      3. •Sample Cover Letter
      4. •Sample Letter of Inquiry (LOI)
      5. •Sample Abstract
    5. Appendix 5: Representative List of Community Foundations
    6. Appendix 6: Websites
    7. Appendix 7: Answers to Pop Quizzes
  12. Acknowledgments
  13. About the Authors
  14. Index