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Grant Writing


Barbato, Joseph.
How to Write Knockout Proposals: What You Must Know (And Say) to Win Funding Every Time
HV41.2.B35 2004
Barbato looks at grant writing as persuasive, informative, and a need to be convincing. His chapters focus not on parts of the proposal, but on attitude and key points, such as making a good first impression in the first few sentences of the proposal, editing to the critical compelling language, emphasizing the benefits of the project to the grantmaker, avoiding soppiness, and telling a passionate story. He writes in a no nonsense direct manner that is very easy to read and understand.
Carlson, Mim
Winning Grants, Step by Step
q HG177.C374 2008
This revised and updated edition provides chapters on how to write each of the key parts of a proposal. It also offers guidance on using the Internet to research funders, current information on preparing and submitting proposals, and advice on building relationships with funders. A companion CD-ROM contains winning sample proposals, as well as worksheets that can be used as a guide to the proposal writing process.
Clarke, Cheryl A.
Storytelling for Grantseekers, A Guide to Creative Nonprofit Fundraising
HV41.2.C53 2009
Clarke advocates an organic method of grant writing that puts the passion of a nonprofit organization's service into the proposal, developing a story line, creating tension, and finding resolution. She walks grant writers through the phases of developing an effective proposal and highlights the creative elements that link and unify the components of the proposal.
Coley, Soraya M. and Cynthia A. Scheinberg
Proposal Writing
HV41.C548 2000
This book is written primarily for students or beginning-to-moderately experienced grant writers working in nonprofits, school districts, or city or county agencies. It provides an easy to follow step-by-step guide to writing and the various parts of a successful grant proposal. The authors emphasize effective project idea development, needs based program development, goals and objectives, developing a strong evaluation plan, and translating the program narrative into an effective budget.
Geever, Jane
The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing
HG177.5.U6 G44 2007
Updated every three years, this is the essential book on grant writing. Jane Geever, a nationally known consultant and speaker, guides the reader through the base elements of a grant, what goes into each element, and how they fit together. The author includes insights and quotes she has gathered through interviews with over 40 grantmaker staff from across the nation.
Karsh, Ellen and Arlen Sue Fox
The Only Grant-Writing Book You'll Ever Need
HG177.5.U6 K37 2009
This book provides a step-by-step guide for grant writers, including guidance on developing ideas into realistic, cost-effective, collaborative programs and suggestions (with practice exercises and examples) for approaching each section of a grant so that the proposal is clear to the funder. Chapters called Funder Roundtables provide insight from grantmaker staff on various issues: how to approach foundations, the necessity of following each individual grantmaker's format, and what are strengths and red flags that grantmaker staff look for in proposals.
Miner, Lynn E. and Jeremy T. Miner
Proposal Planning & Writing
q HG177.5.U6 M56 2003
The authors provide an overview of the grantwriting process for both private funders and government agencies. The first section of the book gives ideas and suggestions on how to identify funders and plan proposals. The second section focuses on writing to private foundations and other private funders, including an entire chapter on writing letter proposals. The third section of the book discusses writing government grants to the more exacting demands required in gaining government funding. A final section provides pointers on grant writing technique and editing. The text includes specific examples to clarify the authors' points.
Robinson, Andy
Grassroots Grants: An Activist's Guide to Grantseeking
q HG177.R65 2004
Author and activist Andy Robinson walks the reader through the challenge of incorporating grants into a complete fundraising program. He discusses using grant proposals as organizing plans, how to design fundable projects, how to build proposals piece by piece, and how to foster effective communication with funders who support the activist community. Four grassroots grants are provided as samples of successful activist grant writing.
Thompson, Waddy
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Grant Writing
HG177.5.U6 T56 2007
This updated volume walks the reader through grant writing from identifying funders to approach, writing the grant, and follow-up and building partnerships with funders. The author makes some key basic points about grant writing. Funders want to know all about you, but you have to organize your written presentation of your organization to relevant facts to the grant proposal. Grants are the opposite of mass marketing, but are equally based on selling your organization and its services. Budgets are a critical expression in numbers of your organization and your proposal. Despite its title, this book is full of excellent advice for both the beginner and the experienced grant writer. Includes a CD-ROM with a variety of grant templates.
Wason, Sara D.
Webster's New World Grant Writing Handbook
HG177.W37 2004
Wason emphases the need to research funders and to identify funders that are appropriate for your organization's grant. She discusses the need to find your organization's unique voice for its grant proposal, a voice rising from your organization, the funder's perspective, and the length, style, and flow of the proposal. In addition to investigating how to write each part of the proposal, Wason discusses editing, packaging the proposal, and follow-up with funders. Appendixes include a sample proposal and a sample common grant application format and online format.

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