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GET THE FUNDING YOU NEED!
Grant writing is an intricate process, and any bits of misinformation or formatting errors can be the deciding factors when it comes to allotti...
GET THE FUNDING YOU NEED!
Grant writing is an intricate process, and any bits of misinformation or formatting errors can be the deciding factors when it comes to allotting money. The Complete Book if Grant Writing is a must-have reference if you're seeking funding through grants-government grants, foundation grants, specialty grants, and more. Professional grant writer Nancy Burke Smith and philanthropy consultant and grant maker E. Gabriel Works unveil the secrets behind how to find and successfully apply for grants.
The Complete Book of Grant Writing includes information on:
•The Five Core Components of every grant,
including the statement of need, the evaluation
plan, and budgets
• What makes a grant compelling to funders? What to do when you are funded-and what you can do when you are not
•How to be a professional grant writer
•The grant writing timetable, from responding to requests for proposals to receiving funding
•Grant writing in different fields of nonprofit practice, including educational, governmental, environmental, and faith-based organizations
Packed with 20 samples including grant proposals, letters of inquiry, support letters, concept papers and more!
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Grantmakers and Grantseekers
What Is a Grant?
What Is a Grant Proposal?
Who Qualifies for Grants?
Who Writes Grants?
What Do Grants Fund?
Two Approaches to Grantseeking
Chapter 2: Reactive Grantseeking
What Is Reactive Grantseeking?
Who Makes Grants via RFP?
Winning Reactive Grant Proposals
Requests for Proposals (RFPs)
The Grantwriter's Role in Responding to RFPs
Chapter 3: Proactive Grantseeking
What Is Proactive Grantseeking?
Who Makes These Grants?
How Foundations Do Business
Foundations That Fund Only Preselected Organizations
Crafting a Proactive Grantseeking Strategy
Navigating the World of Foundation Staffing
Contacting Foundation Staff
Chapter 4: Thoughtful Planning
Planning for Sustainability
Identifying and Involving Other Organizations
Chapter 5: Before You Write
Planning the Process
Scheduling to Meet the Deadline
Common Grant Applications
Chapter 6: The Five Core Components of Every Grant Proposal
Executive Summary or Abstract
Statement of Need or Problem
Sample Project Description Narrative
Budget and Budget Narrative
Writing the Budget Narrative
Chapter 7: Beyond the Basics
Collaboration/Partner Agencies and Their Roles
Review of Literature
Chapter 8: The Grantwriting Craft
Write It Well
Cover Letters and Abstracts—Write Them Last
Teamwork—Reviewing Your Proposal
Filling out Forms
Submitting Your Proposal
Summary Tips for Writing Grant Proposals
Chapter 9: Individualizing Your Proposals by Type of Project
Special Populations Project
Chapter 10: Grantwriting in Different Fields of Nonprofit Practice
Medical Service Organizations
Social/Human Services Organizations
Local Government and Services
Economic Development Organizations
Chapter 11: While You Wait
Recycling Grant Proposals
Continue Your Research
When Government Administrations Change
When Foundation Staffing, Structures, or Programs Change
Chapter 12: Yes or No
You Got the Grant!
Sorry, Your Proposal Was Not Funded
Chapter 13: Professional Grantwriting
Is This the Life for You?
Licensing and Registration
Building Your Grantwriting Business
Grantwriting with Integrity
The Grantwriter's Scope of Involvement
About the Authors
This book may be the first of its kind—a collaborative effort between an experienced grantwriter and an experienced grantmaker developed to provide views, tips,...
This book may be the first of its kind—a collaborative effort between an experienced grantwriter and an experienced grantmaker developed to provide views, tips, and information from both sides of the grantseeking experience.
From it, you will learn the difference between what we call reactive and proactive grantseeking; in the former case, responding to requests for proposals; in the latter, actively searching for matches between potential funders and nonprofit applicants. You'll learn who makes grants and how, where to find funding opportunities, and how to design and complete the grantwriting process through both of these approaches.
We show you the five core components of grant proposals: an abstract, statement of problem, project description, evaluation plan, and budget narrative, and you'll learn the intricacies of developing each one. In addition, we point out a dozen or more other components you may encounter in your grantseeking and provide samples and tips for developing your response.
Because we believe that all good writing is grounded in a deep understanding of one's audience, we share with you the funder's view throughout the book: What makes grants compelling to funders? What are their red flags and non-negotiable issues? How do they make decisions, and how do you develop professional relationships with funders?
We have included more than twenty samples demonstrating every form of writing a grantwriter may be asked to compose: grant proposals, preproposals, concept papers, letters of inquiry, interagency agreements, support letters, media releases, and progress reports. Two entire chapters are dedicated to annotated sample proposals, one illustrating diff erent types of grant requests and a second showcasing writing for different types of nonprofit organizations.
Finally, we share important lessons on what to do when you are funded and what to do when you are not. The closing chapter discusses grantwriting as a career. We leave it to you to choose your path: write grants as a concerned volunteer, as a consultant, as an executive director, as a fundraiser, or as a project manager. However you use what you've learned, you will be writing grants like a professional.
Grantwriting and Fundraising: Making the Distinction
People who write grants, especially if they are employees of a nonprofit organization, often have several job duties, including fundraising. While grantwriting and fundraising are complementary, they are very different processes, and they are about very different relationships. A grantwriter seeks grantmaking prospects that will be a good fit for an organization and the work it is doing. Successful grants become contractual work through which the grantee may build a relationship with the grantor. Similarly, a good grantwriter may gain respect from the grantor on the basis of his or her grantwriting expertise and the organization's performance on the contract. It is a "left brain," or business- type relationship.
A fundraiser seeks prospects who will become donors (these prospects could include grantmakers). A fundraiser often develops "right brain," or more informal, relationships with potential donors. At their best, fundraisers engage donors by helping them experience the power of philanthropy through the nonprofit organization and the work that it does. While data are not unimportant, building strong relationships with these donors is far less contractual and far more iterative than building relationships developed through a grant.
In this book, we have separated the roles of grantwriter and fundraiser to focus on the specific skills and expertise needed for writing successful grants. The amount of fundraising resources and classes dwarfs the resources for grantwriters, which is why we have chosen to focus on grantwriting here.
Length: 11 in
Width: 8.5 in
Weight: 24.88 oz
Page Count: 320 pages