Everything Grant Writing Book: Create the perfect proposal to raise the funds you need [NOOK Book]


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 ...
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Everything Grant Writing Book: Create the perfect proposal to raise the funds you need

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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!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440524547
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Series: Everything
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 902,776
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Nancy Burke Smith has garnered an estimated $20 million in grant funds on behalf of her clients. She also served at the Frey Foundation, where she reviewed grants and made recommendations for funding to the board of trustees.

Judy Tremore was Grand Rapids editor of Metropolitan Woman magazine and managing editor of Cadence newspaper, where she won two Michigan Press Association Enterprise awards.

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Table of Contents

Top Ten Reasons to Learn Grant Writing     x
Introduction     xi
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     8
Finding the Money     13
A Brief History of U.S. Philanthropy     14
Government Funding Sources     15
Where Do You Find RFPs?     16
Philanthropic Organizations     17
Requests for Proposals     19
Grant-Source Searches     21
"Cold Calling" Versus Responding to RFPs     31
Government Grants     33
Local-Government Funds     34
State-Government Funds     35
Intermediary Funds     35
Federal Grants     37
Federal Register     39
Other Sources of Information     41
Foundation Grants     43
Funding from a Foundation     44
Corporate Foundations     44
Family Foundations     45
Private Independent Foundations     46
Community Foundations     46
Other Sources of Grants and Funding     48
Billionaire Foundations     49
Requesting Guidelines     49
Other Sources of Information     52
The Right Source     53
When Is a Government Grant Appropriate?     54
When Is a Foundation Grant Appropriate?     54
A Checklist of Considerations     55
Narrowing the Field of Prospects     56
Reading Guidelines     58
Reading RFPs     61
Grant-Seeker Workshops and Conferences     63
What Is a Grant-Seeker Workshop?     64
Who Holds Workshops?     65
When You Should Attend a Workshop     67
What Will You Learn?     67
Advantages and Disadvantages     68
Letters of Intent and Inquiry     71
What's the Difference?     72
When to Send a Letter of Intent     72
Components of a Strong Letter of Intent     73
Sample Letter of Intent     74
When to Use a Letter of Inquiry     75
Components of a Strong Letter of Inquiry     76
Sample Letter of Inquiry     76
Components of a Grant Proposal     81
What to Expect      82
Follow the Directions     83
Follow the Outline     85
There Is No Outline?     85
Essential Components     88
Federal Register Instructions Example     89
Preparing to Write     93
Know Your Readers     94
Outlining     96
Brainstorming     96
Planning Responsive Programs     98
What's the Deadline?     100
A Checklist of Procedures and Tasks     101
Planning for Letters of Support     103
What Is a Letter of Support?     104
Who Should Write It and Sign It?     104
When to Start Soliciting Letters     105
Writing a Support Letter     105
Sample Support Letters     106
Knowing How Many Letters You Need     110
Writing a Statement of Need     113
Introduce the Organization     114
Selecting Appropriate Data     114
Locating Data     115
Use Data to Support Your Case     116
State Your Case     117
Use a Gap Analysis     117
Citing Resources     119
Sample Needs Statement     120
Writing Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes      125
What's the Distinction?     126
Writing Goals: What Will You Accomplish?     126
Writing Outcomes: What Will Change?     127
Writing Objectives: What Will You Do?     128
Putting It All Together     129
Completing a Project Description     131
Writing Action Plans and Timelines     135
What Are Action Steps?     136
Who's Responsible?     137
How Long It Takes to Achieve Goals     138
Illustrating Goals     139
Sample Action Plans     140
Balancing Ambition with Realism     144
Designing an Evaluation Plan     147
The Language of Evaluators     148
Types of Evaluations     149
Asking the Right Questions     150
Determining Results     151
Linking Evaluation to Goals and Objectives     152
Sample Evaluation Plans     153
Developing a Budget and Budget Narrative     157
How Much Can You Request?     158
Match Requirements     159
In-Kind Support     160
Multiyear Requests     161
Taking Care of Partners     162
Planning for Sustainability      163
Writing the Budget Narrative     164
Citing Other Sources of Funding     165
Sample Budget and Narrative     165
Other Grant-Proposal Sections     169
What You May Encounter and Where     170
Collaboration/Partnership     170
Review of Literature     172
Staff Qualifications     174
Management Plans     174
Competing Programs/Agencies     175
Constituency Involvement     176
Sustainability Plans     177
Status of Fundraising Efforts     179
Organizational History     180
Funding Priorities     181
Challenge Grants     182
Capital-Grant Proposals     183
What Is a Capital Project?     184
Who Gives to Capital Campaigns?     184
Writing a Capital-Grant Proposal     186
Unique Proposal Sections     189
Write It Well     193
Use Everyday Language     194
Explain Acronyms and Terms     196
Name Your Project     197
Use Strong, Active Verbs     197
Speak with Authority     199
Reviewing Your Work      201
Spelling, Grammar, and Punctuation     202
Page Counts Count     202
Using Headings     203
What Is a Rubric?     203
Enlist the Aid of Readers     206
Using the Rubric or Evaluation Criteria     207
Filling Out Forms     209
What to Expect     210
Cover Sheets     210
Identity Numbers     213
Assurances and Certifications     213
Budget Forms     217
Fitting into the Spaces Provided     219
Getting Signatures     219
Packaging and Submitting Your Proposal     221
Writing an Abstract or Summary     222
Writing Cover Letters     223
Using Color, Photos, and Other Graphics     225
Using Dividers, Binders, or Bindery     225
Attachments and Appendices     226
Electronic Submissions     227
Making and Marking Copies     228
Shipping and Delivery Options     229
Next Steps     231
What's Next?     232
Simultaneous Submissions     232
If the Proposal Is Denied...     233
You Got the Grant-Now What?     237
Writing a Media Announcement     238
The Progress Report     239
Writing Grants as a Career     241
Basic Skills of Grant Writers     242
Getting Started     243
Generalist or Specialist?     246
Range of Services     248
Potential Earnings     248
Glossary     253
Resources     258
Sample Federal Grant Proposal     260
Sample Foundation Grant Proposal     280
Sample Capital Grant Proposal     298
Index     313
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