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The latest and greatest book and CD you will ever need to get grant dollars for your library media center! This treasure chest of grant writing how-to and examples is overflowing with:

• Resources to help you find grant dollars for your library

• Methods to make a difference for your students and to make you more valuable to your administrators and colleagues

• Step-by-step instructions for writing winning grants

• Samples of a variety of grants that have been funded

This comprehensive handbook for school librarians and educators includes everything readers need to know to write winning grants. The book also includes a valuable CD of examples of actual funded grants, sample resumes and sample fund raising materials.

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Editorial Reviews

This clear, readable, step-by-step guide traces grant-writing process from the initial idea to the evaluation of the project after the grant is approved. Basic practical advice is given on how to identify funding sources, forming a grant-writing team, writing and revising the proposal, how to handle rejection, and getting started once the proposal is accepted. Each chapter includes tips and examples to guide the reader in writing a winning grant. Written for school library media specialists, the information provided would be helpful to anyone who is interested in grant writing. This book focuses more on the mechanics of one type of funding when compared with Swan's Fundraising for Libraries (Neal-Schuman, 2002), which gives an overview of many ways to get money primarily for public libraries. The enthusiasm of the author along with the practical advice given make the reader feel excited and confident about writing a grant. She encourages librarians to write a proposal while teaching them ways to learn the skills needed and listing activities to improve their performance. One activity suggested is to become a grant reader in order to hone one's skills for writing a winning proposal. An extensive bibliography, glossary, and samples in the appendixes clarify the information presented in the chapters. Anyone who needs more money to improve services to youth needs to read this book. Glossary. Index. Biblio. Appendix. 2002, Linworth, 146p, Dubois
School Library Journal
This down-to-earth, practical handbook incorporates many of the collaborative activities recommended by the American Association of School Librarians national standards, Information Power. The step-by-step instructions will serve novices and experienced grant writers. The author's advice about reading grants to gain experience is excellent. Developing a plan, identifying the need, writing, rewriting, and rewriting again are all encouraged. The ideas, encouragement, and guidelines apply to any grant application process. Readers would do well to become acquainted with the 12 appendixes as soon as possible; the online journals and Web sites listed are invaluable resources. However, there is a lack of information about state agencies. Many times federal money flows through these agencies, which aren't listed. The other omission is a discussion of "outcomes." More and more frequently grants require that the applicant indicate what difference the monies will make to students. What changes will result if this program is funded? Will reading scores increase? Will parents use the library? Despite these drawbacks, this title is a useful addition. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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"Anderson and Knop have produced a practical step by step guide to applying for grants. They take the reader through identifying a need, using the evaluation of students' learning needs and student outcomes, careful reading of grant stipulations, making a plan, and writing and rewriting. There is a CD included that shows sample grants, resumes and more. A worthwhile resource for all considering applying for a grant." - Pennsylvania School Librarians Association

"In this update of a resource for and by school media specialists and educators, the grant application process is clearly covered from identifying a need to turning rejection into future success. Appendices include resources, a glossary, the top U.S. grant- making foundations, directory of state Humanities Councils, and a sample grant proposal format. The CD provides a PowerPoint presentation on how to write grants, examples of funded grants, and sample resumes, curriculum vitae, and fund-raising materials." - Reference & Research Book News

"Knowing how to write grants has always been an education necessity, but for most educators, it is a mystery. This book may be a start to unraveling some grant-writing secrets. In order to write grants, the author says, you need to read grants. So, while the book is a fast read, the time spent learning to write grants may not be. It's not a one-person task, either. The books shares tips for team building, members' tasks, and how to avoid failure. It has simple points to follow, from proofreading to including graphics to getting the budgets right. It is a primer for anyone with a great idea looking for a grant." - District Administration

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586830250
  • Publisher: Linworth Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
Chapter 1 Identify the Need and Make a Plan 1
Picture Your Dream 2
Get Specific: Component Dreams 2
Share the Dream 2
Prepare for the Journey 3
Visualize 3
Write a Mission Statement 4
Start a Resume 4
Think Outside the Box 4
What About Library Technology? 5
E-Rate 5
Technology Plan 5
Cautions 6
Needs Other Than Technology 6
Collection Development 6
Handicap Accessibility 6
Special Programs 7
Facility Needs 7
Furniture 7
Environment 7
Memorials 8
Workshops 8
Getting Started 8
Enter a Contest 9
Think Solid, Not Earthshaking 9
Strive for Action, Not Perfection 9
Project Objectives 10
Chapter 2 Go Where the Grants Are 11
Organize Your Research 12
Some Tips as You Search for Funding Sources 12
Stay Flexible 12
Make Contacts 12
Start Close to Home 13
Types of Grants 13
Foundations 13
Independent or Private Foundations 13
Company-Sponsored Foundations 14
Community Foundations 14
Government Funds 14
Resources to Help Find Grantors 15
Internet Searches 15
Directories 16
Journal and Newsletter Searching 17
Search Tips 17
Start Your Search Close to Home 21
Chapter 3 Read Grants and Form a Writing Team 23
Contest Judge 24
Reviewing Grants 24
Local Foundations 25
State Grants 25
Federal Grants 26
A Grant Proposal Reader's Responsibilities 27
Learn from Reading Grant Proposals 28
Internal Review Team 28
Build a Grant-Writing Team 28
Reader 29
Abstract Writer 29
Number Cruncher 29
Researcher 29
Statistician 29
Shopper 29
Proofreader 30
Veteran 30
Editor 30
Key Communicator 30
Delivery Person 30
Copy Maker 30
Pace Keeper 31
Meet with Your Team 31
Grant-Writing Process 32
Chapter 4 Read the Fine Print 33
First Reading 33
Second and Third Readings 34
Make Copies 35
Getting Ready to Write 35
Save as You Go 36
Call for Clarification 36
Assess Your Proposal 37
Read Some Winning Grant Proposals 37
Proposal Letter 38
Multiple Submissions 38
Chapter 5 Parts of the Proposal 39
Cover Letter 39
Title Page 40
Table of Contents 41
Abstract, Project Summary, or Executive Summary 41
Statement of Need 41
Goals and Objectives 43
Plan of Action 43
Budget 45
Phases 45
In-Kind 45
Categories 45
Estimate Accurately 46
Make It Look Good 46
Salaries 46
Other Costs 46
Make Changes Carefully 46
Multiple Funding Sources 47
Be Honest 47
Use the Generic 47
Cautions 47
Personnel 47
Credentials 48
Job Descriptions 48
Resumes 48
Biographical Sketches 48
Evaluation 49
Formative or Summative 49
Evaluating Technology 49
Test Resources 50
Evaluation Methods 50
Interim Reports 51
Evaluation Consultation 51
Review Other Evaluation Components 51
Time Line 51
Dissemination 51
Sustainability 52
Letters of Support 52
Certification and Signatures 53
Attachments, Supporting Documentation, and Appendixes 53
Sample Grant Proposals 54
Chapter 6 Speak Clearly 55
Hook Your Reader from the Beginning 55
Define Terms 56
Spell out Acronyms the First Time 56
Avoid Jargon 56
Make It Simply the Best 57
Avoid Redundancy, Cliches, and Fluff 57
Find Synonyms 57
Provide Examples 57
Consider Your Reader 58
Use a Consistent Style and Format 58
Find a Voice 58
Speak Clearly 58
Transition Words and Phrases for Coherence 58
Use the Language of the Grantor 59
Describe or State Precisely 59
Be Compelling and Fresh 59
Appearance Does Matter 60
Graphics 60
White Space 61
Lists and Headings 61
Spacing and Margins 61
Font, Type Size, and Pagination 62
Avoid Fancy 62
Plan Ahead 62
Chapter 7 Edit Until It Hurts 65
Read, Reread, Write, and Rewrite 65
Title It 65
Headings and Lists 66
Revise It for Mechanics and Content 66
Flesh It out 66
Give It Punch 66
Be Specific 68
You Can't Overdo Proofreading 68
Two Essentials: An Editor and a Proofreader 69
Follow Directions to the Letter 69
Checklist 70
Checking the Budget 70
Signatures 70
Appendixes 71
Cover Letter 71
Copies 71
Assembly 72
Mailing 72
Congratulations! 72
Chapter 8 Turn Rejection into Success 73
Be Professional 73
Notify Your Team 74
Thank Participants 74
Reasons for Rejection 75
Learn from the Experience 77
Feedback Helps 77
Take a Class 77
Read a Winner 78
Try Again 78
Revise and Recycle 78
Apply to More Than One Grantor 79
Chapter 9 Celebrate and Share 81
Elation, Then Letdown 81
Get the Word Out 82
Share the Limelight 82
Keep a Scrapbook 82
Share Within Your School 83
Posters 83
Bookmarks 83
Share In the Local Community 83
Press Releases 83
News Conferences 83
Newsletters 83
PTA Meetings 83
Share Among Your Peers 84
Associations 84
Journals 84
Articles 84
Share in Your Region and Beyond 84
Project Fact Sheet 84
Brochures 84
Once the Project Is Underway 84
Take Stock 86
Chapter 10 Follow Through 87
Getting Started 87
Keep Records 88
Budget 88
Reporting 88
Final Report 89
Oversight Committee 89
Build a Relationship 89
Site Visit 89
Evaluation 90
After the Project 90
Extensions 90
Appendix A Selected Works on Grants and Funding 93
Appendix B U.S. Department of Education Technology Programs 105
Appendix C Glossary 109
Appendix D U.S. Department of Education Grant and Contract Forms 116
Appendix E Top 10 U.S. Foundations by Total Giving 118
Appendix F Sample Grant Proposal Format 119
Appendix G Sample Resume 120
Appendix H Directory of State Humanities Councils, Spring 2000 125
Appendix I Technology Inventory 132
Appendix J Sample Brochure: Shawnee Mission Education Foundation 133
Appendix K Listservs for School Librarians 135
Appendix L Sample Budget 137
About the Author 139
Index 140
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