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2016
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Provides information on grant writing, covering such topics as identifying key grant makers worldwide, playing and winning the grant games, writing a competitive application, and increasing the funding success rates. - (Baker & Taylor)

Your go-to guide for getting that coveted grant

Though hundreds of thousands of grant opportunities exist, finding the right one can be a challenge. Grant Writing For Dummies, 6th Edition offers expert guidance for locating available grants, carefully applying, and ultimately winning a grant. From writing compelling applications to properly adhering to strict guidelines and parameters, it takes the intimidation out of the process and shows you how to increase your ability to get a piece of the billion-dollar pie for your non-profit or for-profit organization. You’ll even have access to sample applications, letters, and budgets online to help you stand out from the competition.

As the amount of established granting foundations increases, so does the amount of money available. But for most grant-seekers, the application process can be long, tedious, and highly competitive. Packed with step-by-step instructions for registering with Grants.gov, up-to-date grant opportunities available via newly created websites and online databases, updated resources and best practices—and more—Grant Writing For Dummies is your all-encompassing guide to navigating the entire grant-writing process.

  • Find grant opportunities in the public or private sector
  • Create strong statements of need tailored for your prospects
  • Navigate federal regulations
  • Apply for grants online

If you’re ready to create powerful, successful applications and proposals that convey your need for grant funding, help is a page away!

- (WILEY)

Author Biography

Dr. Beverly A. Browning, MPA, DBA, is a grant writing course developer who has been consulting in the areas of grant writing, contract bid responses, and organizational development for 43 years. She has assisted clients throughout the United States in receiving awards of more than $430 million.

- (WILEY)

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Discover enterprising ways to get grants

Write compelling applications for grant funding

Find budgets, sample letters and more online

Find and win grant money

Grant writing can be daunting, but this book gives you everything you need to get started with your application right away! This all-encompassing guide helps you move through the grant-writing process and apply for some of the billions of dollars available from public and private sector sources. Get your piece of the pie!

Inside...

  • Get to know the funders
  • Create a strategic plan
  • Tap into online databases
  • Know what funders expect
  • Keep readers' attention
  • Rack up peer-review points
  • Apply for e-grants
  • Practice current protocol

- (WILEY)

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1(4)
About This Book
1(1)
Foolish Assumptions
2(1)
Icons Used in This Book
2(1)
Beyond the Book
2(1)
Where to Go from Here
3(2)
PART 1 GETTING STARTED WITH GRANT WRITING
5(42)
Chapter 1 Grant-Writing Basics
7(16)
Getting Up to Speed on Grant-Seeking Basics
7(5)
Defining common grant-writing terminology
8(1)
Looking at different types of grants
9(2)
Understanding your eligibility for grants
11(1)
Recognizing the Value of a Funding Development Plan
12(1)
Connecting to Public Sector Grant-Making Agencies
13(2)
Federal funding: Raiding Uncle Sam's stash
14(1)
State and local government funding: Seeking public dollars closer to home
14(1)
Scoping Out Sources of Private Sector Grants
15(1)
Finding foundations that award grants
15(1)
Scoping out corporations that award grants and in-kind donations
16(1)
Understanding Grant Submission Requirements
16(4)
Looking at the components of a grant application
16(1)
Perusing government grant application guidelines
17(1)
Getting your request in the door at foundations and corporations
18(2)
Making a List and Checking It Twice
20(1)
Tracking Your Submission Status
20(1)
Jumping for Joy or Starting All Over?
21(2)
Chapter 2 Preparing for the World of Grant Seeking
23(12)
Creating a Grant-Funding Plan
24(4)
Looking at the plan components
24(2)
Updating critical information
26(2)
Increasing Your Chances for Success
28(7)
Looking for needles in a haystack
28(3)
Using a letter of inquiry
31(2)
Using a letter of intent
33(2)
Chapter 3 Understanding What It Takes to Get Funded
35(12)
Delivering the Information Funders Ask For
35(10)
Providing the facts about your organization
36(3)
Writing about the project in need of funding
39(2)
Telling your project's story
41(4)
Providing the Required Documents
45(2)
PART 2 DIGGING UP GRANT-FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
47(56)
Chapter 4 Wading into Public-Sector Grants
49(14)
Researching Local Funding First
49(3)
Finding out where the money is in your state
50(2)
Looking for pass-through funding
52(1)
Analyzing the Types of Federal Funding Available
52(4)
Discovering direct grants
53(1)
Using the eligible applicant criteria to track the funding stream
54(1)
Knowing the difference between competitive and formula grants
55(1)
Scanning the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Correctly
56(3)
Understanding static information and its use
56(3)
Recognizing what's missing and where to find it
59(1)
Orienting Yourself to Grants.gov
59(1)
Enlisting Political Advocates
60(3)
Chapter 5 Navigating the Grants.gov Gateway
63(12)
Navigating the Grants.gov Website
64(1)
Understanding Grant Applicant Eligibility
65(1)
Registering on Grants.gov
66(2)
Registering as an organization
66(2)
Reviewing how to register as an individual
68(1)
Downloading and Uploading Application Packages
68(2)
Reviewing Some of the Mandatory Government Grant Application Forms
70(5)
Budget Information forms: SF-424A and SF 424C
71(1)
Assurances form: SF-424B and SF-424D
72(1)
Disclosure of lobbying activity form: SF-LLL
73(1)
Links for other federal grant application forms
74(1)
Chapter 6 Researching Potential Private-Sector Funders
75(14)
Finding Foundations and Corporations with Grant-Making Programs
76(2)
Understanding the time and effort required
76(1)
Subscribing to helpful funding alert resources
76(2)
Weighing the Usefulness of Free versus Paid Grant Research Websites
78(7)
Using the Foundation Center's funding resources
78(6)
Using other online grant research databases
84(1)
Eyeballing the Funder's Criteria
85(1)
Knowing Whom to Contact First
86(3)
Chapter 7 Finding What's Available for Individuals and Businesses
89(8)
Sorting Through Who Awards Grants to Individuals and for What Purposes
90(1)
Locating Credible Grants for Your Startup Business
91(4)
Competing against others for coveted startup funding
92(1)
Reviewing research grants from Uncle Sam to fund your work
92(3)
Digging for Business Expansion Monies
95(2)
Looking into research and development funding opportunities
95(1)
Tracking down other business expansion funding opportunities
96(1)
Chapter 8 Identifying Funds for Nongovernmental Organizations
97(6)
Acquiring NGO Status
98(1)
Finding Funding Sources for NGOs
98(3)
The US government
98(1)
The Foundation Center Online
99(1)
The European Foundation Centre
100(1)
Imagine Canada
100(1)
Knowing What Non-US Funders Expect
101(2)
Adapting to submission differences
101(1)
Preparing a non-US dollar budget
102(1)
PART 3 MAXIMIZING YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING A GRANT AWARD
103(42)
Chapter 9 Finding Federal Grant Opportunities That Fit Your Needs
105(14)
Reading the Notice of Funding Availability (Over and Over Again)
106(9)
Figuring out who can apply
107(2)
Using a checklist to determine whether you should apply for a grant
109(3)
Scanning for standard terms
112(3)
Embracing the Review Criteria
115(1)
Finding the Right Partners
115(4)
Identifying the right implementation partners
116(2)
Getting commitments from partners
118(1)
Chapter 10 Winning with Peer Reviews
119(16)
Complying with the Technical Review Requirements
120(2)
Mapping Out the Peer Review Process
122(3)
Knowing how much to write in your narrative sections
122(2)
Jumping high to meet the scoring process
124(1)
Writing to the Peer Review Requirements
125(5)
Writing and validating a compelling statement of need
125(1)
Presenting your program implementation strategies
126(1)
Demonstrating accountability with an evaluation plan
127(1)
Proving your organization's ability to manage a grant-funded project
128(1)
Developing an expense-drive budget
129(1)
Researching Needs and Best Practices
130(1)
Considering the Use of Third-Party Evaluators
131(1)
Getting Invited to Join a Peer Review Team
132(3)
Chapter 11 Resuscitating Your Writing
135(10)
Putting a Heartbeat in Your Writing
136(4)
Step 1 Describe who, what, and where
136(1)
Step 2 Present the need
137(3)
Step 3 Validate the need
140(1)
Racking Up Peer Review Points in the Program Design
140(5)
Starting with the purpose of this request statement
140(1)
Aligning your goals and objectives with the purpose of the funding
141(2)
Closing the deal by focusing on the lasting impact of the funder's investment
143(2)
PART 4 FOLLOWING THE FUNDER'S GUIDELINES
145(100)
Chapter 12 Preparing Preliminary Documents
147(14)
Complying with Mandatory Document Requirements
148(1)
Drafting a Cover Letter (If Requested)
148(3)
Shuffling through Common Application Forms
151(1)
Knowing What the Feds Want in a Form (SF-424)
152(4)
Saving the Abstract or Executive Summary for Last
156(2)
Crafting the Table of Contents
158(3)
Chapter 13 Developing the Organizational Capability Boilerplate Narrative
161(12)
Adhering to the Funder's Guidelines
162(1)
Creating Organizational Credibility as a Grant Applicant
163(3)
Stating the history, mission, and logistics
164(1)
Presenting key milestones
165(1)
Shifting gears for government grants
165(1)
Sorting Out Relevant Programs and Activities
166(2)
Presenting and Validating Your Target Population
168(2)
Including High-Stakes Partners to Boost Your Credibility
170(3)
Chapter 14 Validating Your Needs with a Compelling Narrative
173(12)
Convincing Funders of Your Need
174(6)
Researching recent and relevant information
174(2)
Incorporating real-life information about your target population
176(1)
Building a strong case study
177(3)
Using Graphics When Allowed by the Funder
180(5)
Understanding when and how to use informative graphics
180(2)
Dressing up your narrative texts
182(3)
Chapter 15 Using Best Practices to Build the Program Design Narrative
185(24)
Reviewing the Components of a Good Program Design Section
185(1)
Starting with a Purpose Statement
186(1)
Plotting Goals and SMART Objectives
187(8)
Understanding the difference between types of goals and objectives
188(1)
Following the funder's directions to write the right types of goals
189(2)
Recognizing and writing types of objectives requested by funders
191(4)
Providing a Comprehensive Implementation Plan
195(2)
Confirming Narrative Content Connectivity in Your Logic Model
197(3)
Writing the Evaluation Plan for Your Program Design
200(9)
Making sense of evaluation plan terminology
200(3)
Keeping the evaluation process in-house
203(2)
Taking the third-party evaluation route
205(1)
Writing the evaluation plan
206(3)
Chapter 16 Crafting Your Proposed Project Management Team Narrative
209(14)
Presenting the Project Management Team's Credentials
210(2)
Articulating Qualifications
212(4)
The basic profile
212(1)
The profile with page limitations
213(1)
The profile for personnel paid by cash match
214(2)
Connecting Accountability and Responsibility to the Implementation Process
216(3)
Writing the management plan
216(1)
Acknowledging your fiscal responsibility
217(2)
Offering Up Cash and In-Kind Resources for Matching Funds
219(1)
Demonstrating Federal Compliance in Personnel Selection
220(3)
Chapter 17 Creating a Budget That Includes All the Funding You Need
223(22)
Reviewing Budget Section Basics
224(12)
Personnel
225(2)
Travel
227(2)
Equipment
229(1)
Supplies
229(1)
Contractual
230(1)
Construction
231(1)
Other
232(1)
Distinguishing between direct and indirect costs
232(2)
Entire budget summary
234(2)
Finding Matching Funds
236(3)
In-kind contributions (soft cash match)
236(1)
Cash match (money on hand allocated for cash matching funds)
237(2)
Plotting Ethical Expenses
239(2)
Gathering accurate cost figures
239(1)
Including all possible program income
239(1)
Managing expenditures to the penny
240(1)
Projecting Multiyear Costs
241(1)
Building Credibility When You're a New Nonprofit
242(3)
PART 5 TRIPLE-CHECKING YOUR APPLICATION, SUBMITTING, AND FOLLOWING UP
245(46)
Chapter 18 Checking Off the Mandatory Requirements
247(14)
Double-Checking All Required Components
247(6)
Cover materials
248(1)
Organization history and capability
249(1)
Statement of need
250(1)
Program design
250(1)
Evaluation and dissemination
251(1)
Management plan, assets, and your equity statement
252(1)
Budget summary and narrative detail
252(1)
Avoiding Editing Red Flags
253(2)
Assembling the Proper Attachments in the Right Order
255(3)
Capability-related documents
256(1)
Financial documents
256(2)
Supporting documentation
258(1)
Meeting Submission Requirements
258(3)
Paying attention to submission protocol
258(1)
Uploading applications on time
259(1)
Clicking Submit without panicking
259(2)
Chapter 19 Knowing What to Do after Submitting Your Application
261(10)
Keeping Accessible Copies of Electronic Files
261(1)
Staying Connected to Your Stakeholders
262(2)
Providing updates on what's been completed and what to expect next
263(1)
Keeping your partners in the additional-information loop
263(1)
Tracking the Status of Your Submitted Application
264(7)
Requesting elected official tracking for government grant requests
264(3)
Following up on foundation and corporate grant requests
267(4)
Chapter 20 Winning or Losing: What's Next?
271(10)
Handling Funding Status Communications from Grant Makers
271(5)
Drafting a resolution
272(1)
Accepting the award
272(1)
Tackling the grant management process
273(1)
Reviewing post-award guidelines for help with financial reporting
274(2)
Handling Multiple Grant Awards
276(1)
Failing to Get a Grant Award
277(4)
Requesting peer review comments when your government application is rejected
277(2)
Acting fast to reuse a failed government request
279(1)
Dealing with failed foundation or corporate funding requests
279(2)
Chapter 21 Requesting Matching Funds and Other Goodies from Corporate Grant Makers
281(10)
Recognizing What Corporations Are Willing to Fund
282(1)
Making Initial Contact and Building a Relationship with Funders
283(1)
Building relationships with funders
283(1)
Writing a Corporate Letter Request
284(5)
Following Up with Potential Corporate Funders
289(2)
PART 6 THE PART OF TENS
291(18)
Chapter 22 Ten e-Grant Tips
293(6)
Log In and Set Up a Password Immediately
293(1)
Fill In Routine Organizational Information
294(1)
Review the Entire Online Application Template
294(1)
Copy and Re-Create the Template in a Word Processing Program
295(1)
Determine If You're Counting Characters or Characters and Spaces
295(1)
Live without Traditional Graphics
296(1)
Live without Traditional Formatting
296(1)
Recheck the Funder's Website Daily for Modifications to the Guidelines
296(1)
Confirm the Due Date Time and Time Zone
297(1)
Hit Submit
297(2)
Chapter 23 Ten Steps to Becoming a Grant-Writing Consultant
299(6)
Getting Trained
299(1)
Collecting and Reading Resource Materials
300(1)
Joining a Professional Association
300(1)
Writing without Errors
301(1)
Subscribing to Grant Research Databases and Directories
301(1)
Keeping Track of Your Wins and Losses
302(1)
Asking to Join a Grant-Writing Team
302(1)
Getting a Consulting Coach
303(1)
Branding Your Business
303(1)
Networking Like a Pro
304(1)
Chapter 24 Ten Ways to Continue Building Your Grant-Writing Skills
305(4)
Take on New Challenges
305(1)
Become a Grant Research Specialist
306(1)
Volunteer Your Services
306(1)
Become a Peer Reviewer
306(1)
Do Copyediting for Other Grant Writers
306(1)
Work with an Experienced Grant Writer
307(1)
Attend National Professional Development Training
307(1)
Review Successful Grant Applications Online
307(1)
Write and Publish Articles That Require Extensive Research
308(1)
Continue Your Formal Education
308(1)
Index 309

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