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Grant Proposal Makeover: Transform Your Request from No to Yes



Grant Proposal Makeover: Transform Your Request from No to Yes

Cheryl A. Clarke, Susan P. Fox

ISBN: 978-0-787-99419-8 December 2006 Jossey-Bass 228 Pages


Nine out of ten grant proposals are rejected. Grant Proposal Makeover shows how to transform lackluster proposals into excellent ones–that have the potential to be funded. This book stands out from other traditional grantwriting books because it illustrates common flaws and problems in proposals and shows exactly how to fix them. It also includes helpful tips and quotes from foundation program officers and funding community insiders taken from an international survey of foundation professionals.

The Authors.


1 Demonstrating the Fit: Making First and Lasting Impressions.

2 Disorganized Proposals: Bringing Order to the Chaos.

3 The Case of the Missing Needs Statement: Honing the Heart of the Proposal.

4 Too Much of a Good Thing: Taming the Statistician.

5 Evaluation: Making Sure the Proposal Measures Up.

6 Budgets: Telling Your Story in Dollars and Cents.

7 Proposal Length: The Long and Short of It.

8 Split Personality: What Happens When There’s More Than One Writer.

9 Florid Writing: When Proposals Go Over the Top.

10 The “Mystery” Proposal: Making Sense of Nonsense.

11 The Perfect Package.

Mission Accomplished: Transformation Complete.

Resource A: Checklist for a Memorandum of Understanding.

Resource B: Grantmakers Responding to Our Survey.


"Many books have been written about the grant writing process. Few, if any, have taken the route of going to the source by interviewing program officers. Clarke and Fox do just that. And, they do it well!" (, October 2008)

"Use these two books (see previous review) and you are likely to vastly improve your chances of being the one that gets funded." (, April 26 2007)