Proposal Writing: Effective Grantsmanship / Edition 3

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Clear, easy-to-understand, and jargon-free, this updated Fourth Edition of Proposal Writing: Effective Grantsmanship offers a step-by-step guide to writing a successful grant proposal to meet community needs. Throughout the book, the authors provide a guided process to assist the new grantwriter in understanding how to find grant opportunities, how to develop a viable project and evaluate outcomes, and how to prepare an application for funding. The book is written for employees in the non-profit sector who are asked to write a proposal and for students who may ultimately have careers that require this skill.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412937757
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/17/2007
  • Series: Sage Human Services Guides
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 912,648
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Soraya Moore Coley is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at California State University, Bakersfield. She has over 25 years of academic and administrative experience, as well as extensive community service. She served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Alliant International University and as Dean of the College of Human Development and Community Service at California State University, Fullerton.

Cynthia Scheinberg is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 24 years of administrative management in non-profit agencies. She has served as the Executive Director of the Coalition for Children, Adolescents and Parents (CCAP) in Orange, California, as Senior Vice President of Clinical Services for Anka Behavioral Health, Inc., and as the Executive Director of New Connections in Concord, California. She has a doctorate in clinical psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. Dr. Scheinberg also has a part-time private practice in Concord, CA.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Title Page
List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface to the Fourth Edition
Chapter One: An Orientation to Proposal Writing
A. A Book for the Beginning Grant Writer
B. A Brief History of Giving and Philanthropy
C. About the Non-Profit Agency
D. Differences between Grants and Contracts
E. Funding Sources and Guidelines for Grants and Contracts
• Governmental versus Foundation Applications
F. The Proposal Submission and Scoring Processes
• Proposal Scoring
Chapter Two: Organizing the Writing and Using Technology
A. The Nuts and Bolts of Writing a Proposal
B. Writing for an Established versus New Organization
• Writing for an Established Organization
C. Writing Style and Format
D. The Components of the Proposal
E. Using Techology
• The Role and Use of Search Engines
• Review of Funders’ Websites
• Assessing Data
• Electronic Submission of the Proposal
Chapter Three: Assessing the Organization
A. Mission-Driven Analysis of the Organization
B. Organizational Capacity
• Survey of the Organization
C. The Agency Capability Statement
• Sample Applicant Capability Statement
• Supportive Documentation
D. Working with a Collaborative
E. Writing a Proposal for a Collaborative
• Determine the Need and Establish Goals
• Explore Potential Program Offerings and Benefits
• Develop the Final Program Concept and Budget
Chapter Four: Generating and Refining Proposal Ideas
A. Understanding the Community
• Analyzing the Community through Data
- Client/Community Needs Assessment
- City, County, and State Demographic Data
- Journal Articles
- Local Newspapers
B. Problem or Needs-Based Program Ideas
C. Understanding Barriers in Program Design
• Barriers to Service
D. Agency Capacity and Sustainability
• Sustainability: Determining Income Generating Potential
• The Life Cycle of a Project
• Multi-Source Funding
E. Formulating Program Ideas
F. Applying the Logic Model
Chapter Five: Writing the Needs/Problem Statement
A. The Goal of the Need Statement
B. A Guide to Writing the Need Statement
• The Nature and Extent of the Need/Problem
• Factors Contributing to the Problem or Conditions
• Impact of the Need/Problem
• Promising Approaches for Improved Results
Chapter Six: Writing Goals, Objectives, and the Implementation Plan
Section One: Goals and Objectives
A. Program Goals
B. Formulating Objectives
C. Types of Objectives
• Process Objectives
• Outcome Objectives
Section Two: Implementation Plan
A. Developing the Implementation Plan
• Inputs – Resources/Preparatory Activities
• Process or Program-Related Activities
• Outputs/Units of Service
B. Writing the Project Narrative
C. Scope of Work
D. Project Timeline
Chapter Seven: Writing the Evaluation Plan
A. The Benefits of Evaluation
• Funder’s Perspective
• Organization’s Perspective
B. Developing an Evaluation Plan
C. Using the Logic Model
D. Process Evaluation
E. Outcome Evaluation
F. Writing the Evaluation Section
G. Other Evaluation Considerations
Chapter Eight: Creating the Budget
A. The Budget Context
B. Preparation of a Line Item Budget
C. Other Types of Budgets
• Matching Funds and In-Kind Budgets
D. Other Budgeting Issues
• Budget Adjustment
• Budget Amendment
• Contract Negotiations and Subcontracting
Chapter Nine: Finishing Touches
A. Requesting Letters of Support
B. Proposal Abstract
C. Title and Title Page
D. Cover Letter
Appendix A: Estimating Time
Appendix B: Funding Resource Information
References and Suggested Readings
About the Authors
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2009

    I'm considering buying a second copy for a grant-writing friend

    I had to buy this book as a textbook for class. I was initially frustrated at how small the paperback was for my almost forty dollars. But, Proposal Writing turned out to be one of the most helpful books of the semester. It is clear and concise, an easy read that doesn't waste your time. It guides you section by section through different kinds of proposals, a good intro to a world that expects you to know its hidden rules in advance. The authors tell from their experience the sorts of things you should mention, emphasize, enumerate, and avoid in each section.

    I wish that it had example papers, but I'm holding on to this one.

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