Guide to Grants Writing for Non-Profits

Guide to Grants Writing for Non-Profits

by Harriet Grayson


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Guide to Grants Writing for Non-Profits by Harriet Grayson

Guide to Grants Writing for Non-Profits is the reference book for any non-profit organization or individuals who wish to work with non-profits seeking grants. This book is a complete guide that explains how to research private and corporate foundation grants as well as government grants (federal, state & local). It also provides a grant template that is a universal tool to be used for writing & submitting grants regardless of the grantor. The handy reference book, Guide to Grants Writing for Non-Profits, is an invaluable resource for any non-profit, large or small. It explains how to develop that compelling message, write a forceful and powerful Program Narrative, create realistic Goals & Objectives, and a feasible budget. These are all winning components of a successful grant application. The book describes the important sources of information on private and corporate foundations. It also includes the step-by-step federal grant registration process in detail ( and web site information on all 50 states for researching and submitting grant opportunities. A Glossary of important grant terms is included in the book, which should easily explain any unfamiliar words or phrases.
The complete set of elements for a grant application are examined. These include: Organizational Mission, Statement of Need, Organizational Accomplishments and Uniqueness, Program Description, Management Plan, Evaluation & Budget. Helpful hints for developing these elements are explored with suggestions on how to best maximize success. The key is to write clear, concise sentences without fluff or complex, compound sentences. The grant reviewers often skim the contains of a grant application so the successful grants writer is able to keep the reviewers interest. The author Harriet Grayson, an experienced grants writer, provides hints from her vast years of writing successfully funded grants from private and corporate foundations as well as from the government.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781494770631
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/27/2013
Pages: 116
Sales rank: 309,187
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

The author Harriet Grayson is an experienced grants writer, speaker and author of other grants writing books including: Guide to Government Grants Writing & Government Opportunities for Small Business: Apply for a Grant/Become a Government Vendor. Ms. Grayson's company 5 Star Seminars ( offers grants writing seminars across southern New England so check the web site for new seminars.
Ms. Grayson holds a Masters of Urban Planning degree (New York University) & Masters of Arts degree (Urban Sociology/ Demography from University of Denver) and a BA from Queens College, Flushing, NY in Sociology.
Ms. Grayson teaches grants writing and fundraising skills development through her company 5 Star Seminars as well as through Three Rivers Community College, Norwich, CT. In the past Ms. Grayson taught classes at University of Connecticut, West Hartford, CT; American International College, Springfield, MA; University of Denver.
She has published in professional journals as well as writing a monthly column in a Hartford-CT based business magazine.

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Guide to Grants Writing for Non-Profits, Harriet Grayson, 2013, ISBN 9781494770631 For many non-profit organizations, grants are a very lucrative source of income. How does one get their modest non-profit noticed by all those corporations and foundations?  It is going to take a lot of time and research. Visit the website of your local bank or credit union. Visit the websites of major retailers in your area. They are always looking for opportunities for good public relations. For a new non-profit, applying for a grant from the federal government might be reaching a little high, so try your state government first (the book provides websites to visit). Some foundations might restrict their giving to, for instance, a certain geographic area, or groups run by women, or veterans, or minorities. If the grant is for a specific purpose, make sure that your group can handle it; don't apply for everything. Read the requirements, usually called the RFP, or Request for Proposal, thoroughly; then read it again. Some grantors will get very particular about what should be in the grant proposal, and how long each part should be. Follow those directions exactly. You don't want an otherwise first-rate grant proposal to be rejected simply because you didn't follow directions. How does one get the grantor to approve the proposal? Be concise, but tell a compelling story. Mention other grants that you have received in the past. Include your proposed budget. How will your group fulfill the need better than any other group? In short, force the grantor to choose your group. If your proposal is rejected, it's not the end of the world. Sometimes the grantor will explain why they rejected it. Therefore, you will be that much more prepared next time. This book is short, it gets right to the point, and it's very easy to read. For any person, or any group, who is new to the grants world, here is a good place to start.