Simplified Grantwriting

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This step-by-step guidebook offers effective strategies for writing program grants—advice and insight for beginners and experienced practitioners alike.

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Editorial Reviews

Lee Mahon
"I have reviewed and indeed written books on grantwriting and this is by far the most comprehensive and clear guide to grantwriting ever. The clarity of direction, including sample pages and charts, makes this a winner from beginning to end. "
Cambria Smith
"A long overdue step-by-step guide for schools and community organizations to navigate the complexities of program design and funding. In very succinct fashion, Dr. Burke has condensed her years of experience into an accessible format that can be used by anyone with even a limited understanding of the grantwriting process. Simplified Grantwriting is a must for school and district administrators, as well as service providers, as they respond to the changing educational landscape of the 21st century."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761945314
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.22 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Mary Ann Burke is an adjunct lecturer in systematic planning and grantwriting for the School of Education at California State University, Sacramento. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California specializing in resource development for education. Dr. Burke has provided administrative program development, grantwriting assistance, and assessment support to various Los Angeles County urban school districts, charter schools, and community-based organizations. During the last 3 years, she has assisted various school districts and community agencies in securing over 100 million dollars in educational and social service program and community development grant funding.

Dr. Burke is the former Director-Grantwriter for Compton Unified School District. She was also the initial director of the Community Partnership Coalition VISTA Project sponsored by Fenton Avenue Charter School. The project recruits and trains parents and community volunteers to serve as mentors and tutors in the classroom. She is co-author of Recruiting Volunteers, Creative Fundraising, Developing Community-Empowered Schools, Leveraging Resources for Student Success: How School Leaders Build Equity, and the author of Simplified Grantwriting.

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Table of Contents

About the Author
The Value of Effective Grantwriting
Organization of This Book
1. A Simplified Process for Grant Development and Implementation
Strategic Planning for Program Development
How to Find Funders
Attending Funder Informational Meetings
Designing Responsive Grant Templates
Creating Diversified Grant Development Teams
Modifying Grant Proposals to Meet Diverse Funders' Needs
2. Marketing Strategies for Educational Program Funding
Customizing the Marketing of a Program
3. Integrated Program Collaborations
Identifying Collaborative Community Partners for Critical Services
Building Collaborative Partnerships for Leveraging Program Resources
Brainstorming With Key Stakeholders for Creating Supplemental Program Services
4. Effective Organizational Strategies and Time Management
Reviewing and Creating a Summary of All Grant Requirements
Scheduling Funder Informational Meetings
Convening a Grant Needs Assessment Meeting
Facilitating a Stakeholder Meeting for Completing a Worksheet Grant Template
Convening Follow-Up Meetings for Grant Development and Implementation
5. Integral Grant Proposal Components
The Grant's Introduction
The Problem and Needs Statement
The Program Design With Goals, Objectives, Activities, and a Timeline
The Organizational Capacity and Experience of Staff
The Evaluation Plan
The Program's Budget and Budget Narrative
The Program's Plan for Sustainability
6. Designing a Responsive Grant Template
Step 1: Reviewing Critical Information for a Grant's Development
Step 2. Reviewing the Grant's Scoring Forms
Step 3: Reviewing the Factors to be Considered for Each Criteria
Step 4: Using Selection Criteria Scoring Weights to Plan the Grant Template
Step 5: Constructing the Grant Template to Respond to Selection Criteria
Step 6: Assisting Stakeholders in Formulating Grant Responses
Step 7: Editing Diverse Stakeholders' Grant Template Responses
Step 8: Identifying and Creating Grant Template Evaluation Tools and Plan
Step 9: Securing Feedback From Stakeholders for Completing the Grant
Step 10: Designing a Template Budget, Budget Narrative, and Sustainability Plan
Step 11: Creating a Follow-Up Template Plan
7. Modifying Program Proposals to Meet Diverse Funders' Needs
8. Establishing a Program Sustainability Plan for Continuous Support
Suggested Readings

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