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Overview

Grantseeking has become an increasingly competitive process. Beginning grantwriters sometimes assemble a collection of facts and present that information to grantmakers, hoping to receive support. However, sponsors rarely award grant funding just because a grantseeker supports a specific cause or works for a specific organization. Grantseekers must persuade sponsors to invest in their projects and organization. Successful grantseekers know that persuasion, not information, attracts funding. Persuasive proposals present a seamless argument that stands the test of reason, addresses psychological concerns, and connects project ideas to the values of the sponsor.

Models of Proposal Planning & Writing illustrates, in intimate detail previously unpublished, an integrated process of planning and writing persuasive proposals. The grantseeker will see the questions that the authors asked of themselves and those asked of sponsors before they developed a complete grant application. Grantseekers will read the actual proposals the authors submitted to private and public sponsors, including paragraph-by-paragraph analyses of the key features that made them persuasive. The authors provide the reader with a verbatim examination of reviewer comments and grant award notification letters they received back from the sponsors. As a whole, these annotated models serve as a springboard from which grantseekers can begin to develop their own fundable proposals.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"[E]xplain in detail an integrated process of planning and writing persuasive proposals, beginning with questions that the authors asked of themselves and of sponsors before the complete grant application was developed. Actual proposals submitted to private and public sponsors are included, with paragraph-by-paragraph analyses of proposals, reviewer comments, and grant award notification letters from sponsors. The annotated proposals can serve as a springboard for grantseekers developing their own proposals."

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Reference & Research Book News

"The book provides hints for determining hot buttons and distinctive features that guide a persuasive process."

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The School Administrator

"The states purpose of this title is to walk the reader through the grant writing process, examining the thinking used during the planning phase, a step often left out of other manuals. The techniques for writing winning grant proposals are clearly explained for novice and experienced grant seekers alikeā€¦.Understanding the values of the organizations from which funds are sought is one of the keys to writing succesful proposals, and as budgets shrink, this title will be a valuable resource for schools and libraries. Recommended."

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Library Media Connection

"If you are a novice proposal writer faced with the daunting task of developing a proposal or grant, this book can help you throughout the process. Simply find the proposal or grant in the text that most closely matches your situation, and learn about the project that Miner and Miner completed as proposal profesionals. You will learn more than what sections are required in a proposal: you will learn how to persuade your customer in each section."

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Technical Communication

"These samples outline step by step the planning stages involved in grant-writing, from reading and analyzing the RFP (request for proposal) to writing the final proposal."

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Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275986964
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

. JEREMY T. MINER is director of sponsored programs at St. Norbert College. In addition to developing and administering proposals for the college, he has served as a reviewer for federal grant programs and has helped private foundations streamline their grant application guidelines. Miner is a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators. Along with Lynn Miner, he co-authored Proposal Planning and Writing, 3rd edition (Greenwood Press). As a partner in Miner and Associates, Inc., a grant consulting firm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he provides proposal writing, computerized grantseeking, and workshop services for academic and nonprofit organizations nationwide.

LYNN E. MINER is a principal in Miner and Associates, Inc., a leading nationwide grants consulting group that specializes in training successful grantseekers. He has been an active grantseeker in academic, health care, and other nonprofit environments and for the past three decades. He has been affiliated with public and private universities and hospitals as a professor and research administrator. He has served on the board of directors for several private foundations and has helped public and private agencies establish guidelines for awarding grants. Along with Jeremy Miner, he co-edits Grantseeker Tips, a free bi-weekly electronic newsletter on successful grantseeking, available through MinerAndAssociates.com.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction to persuasive proposal writing 1
Ch. 2 Analyzing request for proposals 7
Ch. 3 The complete grant application 13
Ch. 4 The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 19
Ch. 5 U.S. Department of Education, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education 115
Ch. 6 The Emory T. Clark Family Charitable Foundation 215
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