Write Grants, Get Money / Edition 1

Write Grants, Get Money / Edition 1

by Cynthia Anderson
     
 

Anderson (director of media services, Indian Creek school district of Shawnee Mission, Kansas) offers advice for school libraries seeking grant money. This guide describes every step of the process, and offers grant ideas and practical tips for writing and editing a proposal. It also provides instruction for identifying the library's needs, making a plan to meet them,… See more details below

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Anderson (director of media services, Indian Creek school district of Shawnee Mission, Kansas) offers advice for school libraries seeking grant money. This guide describes every step of the process, and offers grant ideas and practical tips for writing and editing a proposal. It also provides instruction for identifying the library's needs, making a plan to meet them, and finding educators to write grants.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586830250
Publisher:
Linworth Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
10.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introductionxi
Chapter 1Identify the Need and Make a Plan1
Picture Your Dream2
Get Specific: Component Dreams2
Share the Dream2
Prepare for the Journey3
Visualize3
Write a Mission Statement4
Start a Resume4
Think Outside the Box4
What About Library Technology?5
E-Rate5
Technology Plan5
Cautions6
Needs Other Than Technology6
Collection Development6
Handicap Accessibility6
Special Programs7
Facility Needs7
Furniture7
Environment7
Memorials8
Workshops8
Getting Started8
Enter a Contest9
Think Solid, Not Earthshaking9
Strive for Action, Not Perfection9
Project Objectives10
Chapter 2Go Where the Grants Are11
Organize Your Research12
Some Tips as You Search for Funding Sources12
Stay Flexible12
Make Contacts12
Start Close to Home13
Types of Grants13
Foundations13
Independent or Private Foundations13
Company-Sponsored Foundations14
Community Foundations14
Government Funds14
Resources to Help Find Grantors15
Internet Searches15
Directories16
Journal and Newsletter Searching17
Search Tips17
Start Your Search Close to Home21
Chapter 3Read Grants and Form a Writing Team23
Contest Judge24
Reviewing Grants24
Local Foundations25
State Grants25
Federal Grants26
A Grant Proposal Reader's Responsibilities27
Learn from Reading Grant Proposals28
Internal Review Team28
Build a Grant-Writing Team28
Reader29
Abstract Writer29
Number Cruncher29
Researcher29
Statistician29
Shopper29
Proofreader30
Veteran30
Editor30
Key Communicator30
Delivery Person30
Copy Maker30
Pace Keeper31
Meet with Your Team31
Grant-Writing Process32
Chapter 4Read the Fine Print33
First Reading33
Second and Third Readings34
Make Copies35
Getting Ready to Write35
Save as You Go36
Call for Clarification36
Assess Your Proposal37
Read Some Winning Grant Proposals37
Proposal Letter38
Multiple Submissions38
Chapter 5Parts of the Proposal39
Cover Letter39
Title Page40
Table of Contents41
Abstract, Project Summary, or Executive Summary41
Statement of Need41
Goals and Objectives43
Plan of Action43
Budget45
Phases45
In-Kind45
Categories45
Estimate Accurately46
Make It Look Good46
Salaries46
Other Costs46
Make Changes Carefully46
Multiple Funding Sources47
Be Honest47
Use the Generic47
Cautions47
Personnel47
Credentials48
Job Descriptions48
Resumes48
Biographical Sketches48
Evaluation49
Formative or Summative49
Evaluating Technology49
Test Resources50
Evaluation Methods50
Interim Reports51
Evaluation Consultation51
Review Other Evaluation Components51
Time Line51
Dissemination51
Sustainability52
Letters of Support52
Certification and Signatures53
Attachments, Supporting Documentation, and Appendixes53
Sample Grant Proposals54
Chapter 6Speak Clearly55
Hook Your Reader from the Beginning55
Define Terms56
Spell out Acronyms the First Time56
Avoid Jargon56
Make It Simply the Best57
Avoid Redundancy, Cliches, and Fluff57
Find Synonyms57
Provide Examples57
Consider Your Reader58
Use a Consistent Style and Format58
Find a Voice58
Speak Clearly58
Transition Words and Phrases for Coherence58
Use the Language of the Grantor59
Describe or State Precisely59
Be Compelling and Fresh59
Appearance Does Matter60
Graphics60
White Space61
Lists and Headings61
Spacing and Margins61
Font, Type Size, and Pagination62
Avoid Fancy62
Plan Ahead62
Chapter 7Edit Until It Hurts65
Read, Reread, Write, and Rewrite65
Title It65
Headings and Lists66
Revise It for Mechanics and Content66
Flesh It out66
Give It Punch66
Be Specific68
You Can't Overdo Proofreading68
Two Essentials: An Editor and a Proofreader69
Follow Directions to the Letter69
Checklist70
Checking the Budget70
Signatures70
Appendixes71
Cover Letter71
Copies71
Assembly72
Mailing72
Congratulations!72
Chapter 8Turn Rejection into Success73
Be Professional73
Notify Your Team74
Thank Participants74
Reasons for Rejection75
Learn from the Experience77
Feedback Helps77
Take a Class77
Read a Winner78
Try Again78
Revise and Recycle78
Apply to More Than One Grantor79
Chapter 9Celebrate and Share81
Elation, Then Letdown81
Get the Word Out82
Share the Limelight82
Keep a Scrapbook82
Share Within Your School83
Posters83
Bookmarks83
Share In the Local Community83
Press Releases83
News Conferences83
Newsletters83
PTA Meetings83
Share Among Your Peers84
Associations84
Journals84
Articles84
Share in Your Region and Beyond84
Project Fact Sheet84
Brochures84
Once the Project Is Underway84
Take Stock86
Chapter 10Follow Through87
Getting Started87
Keep Records88
Budget88
Reporting88
Final Report89
Oversight Committee89
Build a Relationship89
Site Visit89
Evaluation90
After the Project90
Extensions90
Appendix ASelected Works on Grants and Funding93
Appendix BU.S. Department of Education Technology Programs105
Appendix CGlossary109
Appendix DU.S. Department of Education Grant and Contract Forms116
Appendix ETop 10 U.S. Foundations by Total Giving118
Appendix FSample Grant Proposal Format119
Appendix GSample Resume120
Appendix HDirectory of State Humanities Councils, Spring 2000125
Appendix ITechnology Inventory132
Appendix JSample Brochure: Shawnee Mission Education Foundation133
Appendix KListservs for School Librarians135
Appendix LSample Budget137
About the Author139
Index140

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