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Grant Writing For Dummies, 5th Edition

Grant Writing For Dummies, 5th Edition

Beverly A. Browning

ISBN: 978-1-118-83466-4

Mar 2014

336 pages


Learn to:

  • Navigate federal grant databases and apply online for grants
  • Find the most current public and private sector grant opportunities
  • Create strong statements of need
  • Submit applications that meet funders’ expectations

Your comprehensive guide to finding and winning grant monies

Grant writing can be quite daunting, but this complete guide provides you with everything you need to get started with your application right away! Use this resource, including new and updated material, to move through the entire grant-writing process and apply for some of the billions of dollars available from public and private sector sources.

  • Grant writing 101 — get an easy-to-understand introduction to the ins and outs of grants, including who funds them and how to receive them
  • Know what funders want — discover the many grant-making organizations throughout the world and how to tailor your message to what your prospects expect
  • Tug on reviewers’ heartstrings — find out how to tell your story so peer reviewers award your application the maximum number of points
  • The write stuff — explore writing techniques to create powerful, successful applications and proposals that convey your need for grant funding

Go online and find templates for request letters, executive summaries, logic models, budget summary tables, and more

Open the book and find:

  • How to connect with grant-making agencies
  • What goes into a grant submission
  • How to build a great funding plan
  • An overview of the peer review process
  • A helpful checklist to make sure all the pieces are in place
  • How to navigate federal grant websites
  • Compelling words to use in applications
  • Advice on requesting matching funds and other items
Introduction  1

Part I: Getting Started with Grant Writing  5

Chapter 1: Grant Writing 101 7

Chapter 2: Thinking Strategically to Improve Your Odds of Success 21

Chapter 3: Arming Yourself with the Knowledge of What Funders Want 33

Part II: Digging Up Grant Funding Opportunities  45

Chapter 4: Investigating the Government Options 47

Chapter 5: Exploring Grantsgov 59

Chapter 6: Researching Potential Private Sector Funders 73

Chapter 7: Finding Grant Monies for Individuals and Businesses 87

Chapter 8: Seeking Funds for International Projects 95

Part III: Maximizing Your Chances of Scoring a Grant Award  101

Chapter 9: Assessing Federal Grant Opportunities for Your Agency 103

Chapter 10: Peering into the Peer Review Process 117

Chapter 11: Selling Your Grant Application with Storytelling 133

Part IV: Writing to Win  143

Chapter 12: Providing Supporting Documentation 145

Chapter 13: Documenting Your Organization’s History and Capabilities 161

Chapter 14: Building a Strong Statement of Need 173

Chapter 15: Presenting the Program Design Section: The Core of Your Application 183

Chapter 16: Managing the Management and Assets 205

Chapter 17: Connecting the Solutions to the Budget Request Line Items 217

Part V: Submitting Your Application and Navigating What Comes Next  239

Chapter 18: Checking the Checklist and the Content 241

Chapter 19: Taking the Necessary Steps after Applying 255

Chapter 20: Moving Forward after a Win or a Rejection 263

Chapter 21: Securing Matching Funds and Other Goodies from Corporations 273

Part VI: The Part of Tens  281

Chapter 22: Ten Reputation-Building Tricks 283

Chapter 23: Ten Ways to Prove You’re an Ethical Grant Writer 289

Chapter 24: Ten Ways to Secure Peer Review Opportunities 293

Index  299