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Is your institution grant-ready? This is a crucial question that almost every small museum or historic organization will find itself asking when considering grant funding, as it seeks to expand or improve programs, broaden its reach, or just simply maintain its existing level of performance. This succinct volume provides an accessible, step-by-step guide to assessing an organization's readiness for the grant application process, and includes seven real-life examples of institutions that have successfully achieved grant-readiness. Chapters will help assess readiness, and provide explanations and checklists to address the important components of this daunting process. Appendices contain proposal writing tips and a list of the author's favorite most-used resources. This innovative volume will be invaluable to museums, cultural institutions and students studying history or non profit work.
Introduction: Are You There Yet?
Chapter 1: From the Foundation's Point of View
Chapter 2: Developing Relationships
Case: A Working Relationship: The Ben B. Cheney Foundation & the Job Carr Cabin Museum
Chapter 3: Are You Grant-Ready?
Chapter 4: Why Do You Matter?
Case: Need and Uniqueness: Sandwich Glass Museum
Chapter 5: Why Are You The One?
Case: Commitment and Ability: The Prince Charitable Trusts & Save Blithewold, Inc.
Case: Partnership and Planning: Historic Georgetown, Inc.
Chapter 6: Why Project Money Will Be Your First Money
Case: Project Money as First Money: Westborough Historical Commission and The Nathan Fisher House
Case: Partnership, Uniqueness and Excellence: Conner Prairie and "Follow the North Star"
Chapter 7: How to Gain Traction
Case: Gaining Traction: Carlisle Historical Society
Chapter 8: Maintaining Momentum
Appendix A: Proposal Writing Tips
Appendix B: Resources