Grassroots Grants: An Activist's Guide to Proposal Writing

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If you're new to proposal writing, this book will give you the skills you need to raise money from grants. Even experienced grantwriters will learn useful, hands-on ideas to improve their odds for success.
Author and activist Andy Robinson describes in plain English just ...
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Overview

If you're new to proposal writing, this book will give you the skills you need to raise money from grants. Even experienced grantwriters will learn useful, hands-on ideas to improve their odds for success.
Author and activist Andy Robinson describes in plain English just what it takes to win grants for social justice.
You'll Learn About:
The pros and cons of chasing grants
How grants fit into a complete fundraising program
Using your grant proposal as a community organizing plan
Designing fundable projects
Grants research: how to find the money
Developing relationships with foundation staff
Building your proposal, piece by piece
Grants administration and reporting
The long haul: stamina, persistence, resilience

Grassroots Grants includes four complete proposals, plus suggestions from forty foundation staff members who fund groups working for social justice, human rights, and environmental conservation.

Author Biography: Andy Robinson has been raising money for social change since 1980. As a trainer and consultant, Robinson has assisted nonprofits in thirty-seven states and in Canada, leading workshops on fundraising, grantwriting, board development, strategic planning, marketing, and earned income strategies. He is a former columnist for the NonProfit Times and a regular contributor to the Grassroots Fundraising Journal.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787961770
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/1996
  • Series: Kim Klein's Fundraising Series , #3
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Preface ix
Acknowledgments x
1. Before You Begin 1
2. Grants: What They'll Get You ... And What They Won't 5
Who's got the money? 5
The pros and cons of chasing grants 6
How grants fit into a complete fundraising program 9
An example of funding diversity: Native Seeds/Search 10
3. Why People (and Foundations) Give Away Their Money 13
You, the philanthropist 14
Who gets the money? Criteria for giving 14
Foundation culture 16
4. Get Organized! The Grant Proposal as Organizing Plan 21
Building the case for support 22
Programs, projects, and campaigns 23
General support grants 26
Designing fundable projects: the grantwriter as feasibility tester 27
Involving your co-workers 29
How much money? Developing budgets for grant-funded projects 35
5. Grants Research and Grantmaker Relations 39
Do your homework! 39
Follow the guidelines 40
Thinking like a detective 41
Using the Foundation Center library collections 43
Computers and grants research 46
Query letters, telephone calls, and site visits 49
Developing relationships with foundation officers 56
The pre-proposal letter (letter of intent) 58
Donor-directed grants 58
6. Building Your Proposal, Piece by Piece 63
Wrestling with words 64
Layout: easy on the eyeballs 66
Cover page and executive summary 69
Organizational history 70
Problem statement (background or needs statement) 72
Program goals and objectives 77
Strategy and implementation (methods) 79
Timeline 84
Evaluation 84
Personnel 86
Budgets 87
Attachments 92
Cover letter 93
7. Four Winners: Proposals That Work 95
Penn Center, South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, and Neighborhood Legal Assistance Program: "Sea Islands Land Retention Project" 96
Heartwood: "Central Appalachian Wilderness Preserve" 112
Mono Lake Committee: "Inner City Water Education Program" 124
Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste: "A Year in the Movement: Cross-Cultural Leadership Development Project" 138
8. Leverage, or How to Use Money to Create More Money 153
Matching and challenge grants 153
In-kind donations 154
Program-related investments and loans 156
9. Grants Administration 159
Record-keeping and reporting 160
Managing grant money 162
The value of honesty 167
Your mother was right: the value of good manners 167
10. The Long Haul: Stamina, Persistence, Resilience 169
Dealing with rejection 170
Diversifying your funding 171
Using your time and energy effectively 172
The perfect organization 174
Appendices
A. Foundation Center Cooperating Collections 176
B. Resources for Canadian Organizations 180
C. Raising money from faith-based grants programs 181
Bibliography 184
Index of Foundations, Organizations and Personal names 191
General Index 193
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