Proposal Planning & Writing / Edition 4

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In a world of limited funding, grantseeking is extremely competitive. Now in its 4th edition, this standard guide to proposal planning and writing offers new information and examples to help grantseekers in the Internet age. New to this book are updated websites, including 25% more than in the last edition. In response to user feedback, this updated volume also provides more examples of successful proposals, including 9 letter proposals, complete with annotations. The book also offers expanded information on evaluation and outcome assessments, which are key to obtaining grants. Finally, the book gives an extended discussion of project sustainability after grant support runs out, a factor critical to successful applications.

As in earlier editions, this book discusses funding from government, foundation, and corporate sponsors. Included are practical advice and examples on developing proposal ideas, identifying funding sources, creating systems and procedures to support grantseeking activities, developing proposal components, budget forecasting, submission procedures, and follow-up techniques.

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"As in earlier editions, this book discusses funding from government, foundation, and corporate sponsors. The title includes practical advice and examples on developing proposal ideas, identifying funding sources, creating systems and procedures to support grantseeking activities, developing procedural components, budget forecasting, submission procedures, and follow-up techniques. This latest edition includes more extensive information on family foundations; 25 percent more than Websites than in the past editions; examples of successful proposals, including nine sample letters complete with annotations; expanded instructions on evaluation and outcomes assessments; and guidance on project sustainability after grant termination. This standard resource helps grantseekers navigate the funding process and helps grantseekers pinpoint why grants proposals fail or succeed. The volume also includes checklists and a bibliography."



"In these times of economic downturn, teacher-librarians will have to sharpen their ability to write grants. These authors have good advice….we recommend this one as a current source. Take it and use it."


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313356742
  • Publisher: ABC-Clio, LLC
  • Publication date: 7/30/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

JEREMY T. MINER is Director of Sponsored Programs and Director of Development for Strategic Initiatives at St. Norbert College. In addition to developing and administering proposals to public and private grantmakers as well as individual philanthropists, he has served as a reviewer for federal grant programs and helped private foundations streamline their grant application guidelines. He is a principal in Miner and Associates, Inc., a grant consulting firm with offices in Green Bay, Milwaukee, and Knoxville.

LYNN E. MINER is founder and 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, healthcare, and other nonprofit environments for the past three decades. Along with Jeremy Miner, he authored Models of Proposal Planning and Writing (Praeger, 2005) and coedits Grantseeker Tips, a free bi-weekly electronic newsletter on successful grantseeking, available through

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Finding Sponsors and Planning Proposals 1

Ch. 1 Introduction to Grantseeking 3

Ch. 2 Finding Public Funds 11

Ch. 3 Finding Private Funds 23

Ch. 4 Preproposal Contacts 39

Pt. II Writing Private Foundation and Corporation Proposals 53

Ch. 5 Letter Proposal Template 55

Ch. 6 Letter Proposal Examples 69

Pt. III Writing Government Proposals 87

Ch. 7 Statement of Problem 89

Ch. 8 Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes 97

Ch. 9 Methods 105

Ch. 10 Evaluation 119

Ch. 11 Dissemination 129

Ch. 12 Budgets 139

Ch. 13 Appendixes 153

Ch. 14 Abstracts 165

Pt. IV The Final Steps 169

Ch. 15 Writing and Editing Techniques 171

Ch. 16 Grant Review and Funding Decisions 183

Bibliography 193

Index 197

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