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The complete guide to writing effective & award winning grants : step-by-step instructions
2007
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This book/CD-ROM package gives information on basics of grant writing and provides detailed case studies as examples. The book is organized following the typical step-by-step process of grant writing: from creating the structure of a new organization, through forming project ideas, locating grants, submitting a proposal, and following through with award requirements. There is also a section on contingency plans if the first grant effort is not successful. Chapter summaries, checklists, and sample forms are included. The CD-ROM contains grant-writing templates. Harris has worked in the field of community development and regional planning for 18 years. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com) - (Book News)

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Table of Contents

FOREWORD 13
INTRODUCTION 15
SECTION 1: FIRST THINGS FIRST 23
CHAPTER 1: AN IDEA IS BORN
25
Who are You Writing a Grant Application For?
26
Hiring a Grant Writer
27
The Applicant
28
Assessing Capability
33
Partnerships and Networking
36
Chapter Summary
40
CHAPTER 2: IT TAKES EARNED MONEY TO GET FREE MONEY
43
Chapter Summary
50
CHAPTER 3: WHERE TO FIND GRANTS & TYPES OF GRANTS
57
Directories
58
Pre-Proposal Workshops and Grant Writing Seminars
62
Guidelines
65
Matching the Program to the Funder
65
What Kind of Grant Can I Get?
66
Typical Grant Sources and Their Recipients
67
Government Grants
68
Grants for Individuals
70
Grants and Residencies for Artists
70
Sources of Arts Grants
71
Grants for Teachers
73
Sources of Grants and Grant Information for Teachers
73
Free Lesson Plans
76
Grants and Help with Buying, Repairing or Renting a Home
76
State Help with Buying a Home or Lowering Rental Costs
77
Renovating Historic Homes
78
Energy Efficiency Home Improvements
78
Help with Utility Bills and Energy Costs
78
Business Owners
79
Small Business Startups
79
Women- and Minority-Owned Businesses
81
Assistance to Existing Small Businesses
81
Business Incubators
81
Specifically for Land Owners and Farmers
82
Economic Development Funds for Larger Businesses
82
Special Awards to Volunteers
83
Types of Awards for Volunteerism
83
Applying for Volunteer Recognition
84
Where to Look for Available Awards for Volunteers
84
Special Awards for Exceptional Achievement
85
MacArthur Fellows Awards
85
Nobel Prizes
86
Innovations Awards
86
Contests
87
Scholarships, Fellowships, and Other Education Grants
87
Primary and Secondary Education Vouchers
88
High School and College Students
89
Looking for Scholarships
90
Search the Colleges' & Federal Programs
91
A Note About Internships
92
Examples of Student Fellowships
93
Research Grants
93
Community Foundations
94
Donations and Contributions
94
Historic Preservation
95
More About Grants for Individuals
96
Network Sources
98
About Requirements
99
Chapter Summary
99
CHAPTER 4: WHAT DO THE GRANT MAKERS WANT & WHY?
103
Chapter Summary
107
CHAPTER 5: GETTING ORGANIZED
109
How To get organized, Step-By Step
111
Writing Tips
113
On Style
114
Getting Things on Paper
116
Paralysis, Procrastination, and Time Management
116
Scheduling Tasks and Reminders
117
Other Time-Management Tricks
118
Organizing Ideas
119
Outlining
120
Mind-mapping
121
Other Considerations of Organization
122
Chapter Summary
123
SECTION 2: THE PARTS OF A GRANT APPLICATION 127
CHAPTER 6: FIRST CONTACT
129
The Letter of Intent
129
The Letter of Inquiry
131
Beginning the Main Application Document: Cover Letters and Summaries
134
The Cover Letter
134
The Project Summary
135
CHAPTER 7: WHAT NEEDS FIXING? THE NEEDS STATEMENT
141
Chapter Summary
154
CHAPTER 8: WHAT WILL YOU DO? THE PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
157
The Funder's Perspective
157
Chapter Summary
166
CHAPTER 9: IS THE PROGRAM DUPLICATED EFFORT OR EASILY REPLICATED?
167
Is the Program a Duplicated Effort?
169
Demonstration Projects, or Can It Be Replicated Elsewhere?
170
Chapter Summary
172
CHAPTER 10: HAVE MEASURABLE GOALS & OBJECTIVES
175
More Effective Approach to Goals
176
Chapter Summary
183
CHAPTER 11: THE BUDGET & HOW MUCH TO ASK FOR
185
The Funder's Perspective, continued
185
How Much is Available?
186
Obtaining Cost Estimates
190
Matching Funds
193
Presenting the Budget
194
Chapter Summary
198
CHAPTER 12: ESTABLISH THE ORGANIZATION'S QUALIFICATIONS
201
Table of Organization
202
Résumés
203
Certification
204
Chapter Summary
206
CHAPTER 13: SUSTAINABILITY: HOW WILL THE PROGRAM CONTINUE WHEN THE GRANT IS OVER?
207
Chapter Summary
210
CHAPTER 14: ENHANCEMENTS & SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION
211
Chapter Summary
218
CHAPTER 15: FINAL SUBMISSION & WAITING
219
The Funder's Perspective, continued
219
Were We Funded?
222
Chapter Summary
225
SECTION 3: WINNING THE GRANT IS NOT THE END 227
CHAPTER 16: YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT? POST-GRANT REQUIREMENTS
229
The Grant Agreement
232
Site Visits
233
Status Reports
234
Other Obligations
236
Chapter Summary
237
APPENDIX 239
AUTHOR DEDICATION 279
INDEX 281

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