How to Write a Grant: Become a Grant Writing Unicorn

How to Write a Grant: Become a Grant Writing Unicorn

by Meredith Noble

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Grant writers are by nature community changemakers. They are the 20% doing 80% of the work. They are the quiet leaders, knowing how to build teams, forge community partnerships, and develop ideas into well-planned projects. 

Grant writers put heart and soul into everything they do. They work on things that matter. They want to have an impact and better their communities. 

Before grant writers become known for their craft, however, they started with an idea and plenty of ambition. Those that succeeded took the time to learn the art of grant writing. Armed with this skill set, they were empowered to achieve their broader vision. 

If this sounds like you, then you have come to the right place. What you will soon have in your hands is a distillation of the most important information you need to know about grant writing.

The book is structured with the first half answering the questions I am most frequently asked. The second half follows with the questions I wish you were asking. The book covers topics like:

  • How to write a grant in seven steps,

  • How to write a convincing narrative,

  • Where to find grants to go after,

  • How to avoid running out of time when applying,

  • Where to find match funding, and

  • How to prepare a grant budget (with bonus access to a free budget spreadsheet template!), and more.

This book will fast track your learning curve to become a talented grant writer. In addition, you will receive downloadable templates and discount access to our online grant writing courses.

Make grant writing your super power!

"The book, 'How to Write a Grant' breaks down the complexity of grant writing so that anyone can learn to be a professional. It's refreshingly straightforward with a modern approach. As someone who works in grants day in and day out, I highly recommend." Gauri Manglik, CEO & Co-founder, Instrumentl

"As a busy Executive Director and mom of 3, I rarely find time to physically go to grant writing workshops. Meredith's book was the perfect answer to upping my grant search and writing game. Her style of writing is informative and easy to digest...Her extensive experience in the non-profit world was evident with her examples. I encourage any new or experienced grant writer to pick up a copy like I did. You are guaranteed to learn something valuable!" - Calisa Kastning, Executive Director SkiKu

"I have been involved in grant writing for over 15 years and have read a lot of different grant writing books. Meredith has written one of the easiest books to read, it is fun and informative. She gives incredible advice, tools and resources beginning in the first chapter. The overall book is funny and engaging while providing the reader with the information needed to start, or continue, their grant writing career. The tools she includes, for free, are some of the best I have seen." - Pamela Graham, Matanuska-Susitina Borough  

"I got lucky! I had two grant applications to write seeking funds to continue an international art project. Both deadlines were coming up soon. I had already made a bunch of notes and had a (weak) draft narrative when I started reading Ms. Noble's book. Her insightful tips and her stress on a step-by-step approach provided exactly the breakthrough I needed to whip my grant into shape...I produced a document so obviously superior to what I would have on my own..." - Amazon Customer

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733395717
Publisher: SenecaWorks LLC
Publication date: 09/30/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 172
Sales rank: 828,649
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Meredith Noble is a 5th generation cattle rancher from Wyoming. She now splits her time between Wyoming and Alaska - building companies that support working remotely and daily access to the outdoors. Meredith founded SenecaWorks to teach others to be talented grant writers. Information is delivered through a series of online courses, with a community platform for student collaboration. More information can be found at Prior to starting SenecaWorks, Meredith worked for a global engineering and architecture firm, where she grew their in-house grant writing capability to a virtual team of 35+ professionals. Meredith secured over $45 million in infrastructure and program funding throughout the United States and Canada.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: How Do I Write A Grant?

Chapter 2: How Did You Learn Grant Writing?

Chapter 3: How Do You Write A Convincing Narrative?

Chapter 4: How Do You Find Grants To Go After?

Chapter 5: Should I Go After It?

Chapter 6: How Can I Avoid Running Out Of Time to Properly Complete A Grant?

Chapter 7: What If We Don't Have Any Funding For Match?

Chapter 8: How Do I Know If I'm Ready To Pursue Grants?

Chapter 9: How Do I Prepare A Grant Budget?

Chapter 10: How Do I Decide Which Grants To Go After?

Chapter 11: What Is A Funding Strategy?

Chapter 12: What If I Cannot Find Enough Grant Funding For My Project?

Chapter 13: Where Do I Go From Here?

Supplemental Materials: Online access provided to download grant budget spreadsheet and other helpful templates. Discounted access to online courses at 

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