How to Write a Grant Proposal. Wiley Nonprofit Law, Finance and Management Series

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  • 360 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Effective grant proposals are not so much written as they are extensively researched, developed, and positioned. The actual writing, obviously an essential component, is nevertheless only the tip of the iceberg. Grant seekers must possess the necessary skills to correctly identify potential funders, craft a proposal that meets a specific funder s needs, and follow that funder s directions to the letter. Cheryl New and James Quick take grant seekers step–by–step through the entire development and drafting process in How to Write a Grant Proposal.

The authors concentrate on all the behind–the–scenes, pre–writing work that makes the difference between successful grant proposals and those that potential funders discard as "nonresponsive." New and Quick concentrate on crafting specific proposals that prove a perfect match between a funder and a solicitor s needs. Funders and the nonprofit organizations they support are both in the business of solving problems; the key is creating a project that addresses a problem that both parties are interested in solving. How to Write a Grant Proposal provides targeted guidance for a variety of kinds of organizations, including:

K 12 private and public educational organizations

Government agencies

For–profit businesses

Health care organizations

Traditional nonprofits

Higher education universities and centers

A companion website contains guidesheets and templates that can be easily downloaded, customized, and printed. The authors provide examples of completed proposals and numerous case studies to demonstrate how the grant–seeking process typically works.

How to Write a Grant Proposal proves a one–stop resource on how to interpret a funder s guidelines to create a successful grant proposal.

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Introduction.

Chapter 1: Cover Letter.

At a Glance.

What Else Is It Called?

When Is It Used?

Why Is It Used?

Key Concepts.

Formatting Issues.

Detailed Discussion.

Putting It All Together.

Authorship.

Checklist Cover Letter.

Last Words.

Examples of Cover Letters for Four Projects.

Chapter 2: Table of Contents.

At a Glance.

What Else Is It Called?

When Is It Used?

Why Is It Used?

Key Concepts.

Formatting Issues.

Psychology and Organization.

Examples.

Checklist Table of Contents.

Last Words.

Examples of Tables of Contents for Four Projects.

Chapter 3: Executive Summary.

At a Glance.

What Else Is It Called?

When Is It Used?

Why Is It Used?

Key Concepts.

Formatting Issues.

Project Title.

Contact Person.

Proposal Submitted By.

Mission Statement.

Summary of Problem Statement and Project Synopsis.

Expected Results.

Funding Request.

Your Investment.

Checklist Executive Summary.

Last Words.

Examples of Executive Summaries of Four Projects.

Chapter 4: Project Summary.

At a Glance.

What Else Is It Called?

When Is It Used?

Why Is It Used?

Key Concepts.

Formatting Issues.

Use Goals to Describe the Project.

Examples.

Checklist Project Summary.

Last Words.

Examples of Project Summaries for Four Projects.

Chapter 5: Problem Statement.

At a Glance.

What Else Is It Called?

When Is It Used?

Why Is It Used?

Key Concepts.

Formatting Issues.

Describe the Problem.

The Problem Is the Basis for Your Project.

The Problem Is Your Connection with the Funder.

Lack of Something Is Not a Problem.

Include These Elements in the Problem Statement.

Logical Narrative Description of the Problem.

Statistical Backups and Comparisons.

Results of Local Needs Assessments.

Historical Data How Did This Occur?

Statement of Impact of Problem.

Checklist Problem Statement.

Last Words.

Examples of Problem Statements for Four Projects.

Chapter 6: Mission, Goals, and Objectives.

At a Glance.

What Else Are They Called?

When Are They Used?

Why Are They Used?

Key Concepts.

Formatting Issues.

A Goal by Any Other Name.

Graphical Representation of the Mission, Goal, and Objective Progression.

Mission.

Goal.

Objective.

Checklist Goals and Objectives.

Last Words.

Examples of Mission, Goals, and Objectives for Four Projects.

Chapter 7: Project Description.

At a Glance.

What Else Is It Called?

When Is It Used?

Why Is It Used?

Key Concepts.

Formatting Issues.

Goals and Objectives Can Be Used for Guidance.

Cover All Major Project Events in Logical Order.

Cover All Hot Buttons.

Meet Any Special Considerations Listed.

Special Budget Requests.

Be Clear on Technical Issues.

Checklist Project Description.

Last Words.

Examples of Project Descriptions for Four Projects.

Chapter 8 Project Management Plan.

At a Glance.

What Else Is It Called?

When Is It Used?

Why Is It Used?

Key Concepts.

Formatting Issues.

Organization Chart.

Discuss the Responsibilities of Key Personnel.

Discuss Loaned or Volunteer Staff.

Provide an Overview of Fiscal Management.

Evaluation.

Documentation.

Checklist Management Plan.

Last Words.

Examples of Management Plan for Four Projects.

Chapter 9: Documentation Plan.

At a Glance.

What Else Is It Called?

When Is It Used?

Why Is It Used?

Key Concepts.

Formatting Issues.

Project Planning.

Project Set–up.

Implementation.

Results or Outcomes.

Planning What to Share.

Checklist Documentation Plan.

Last Words.

Examples of Documentation Plan for Four Projects.

Chapter 10: Evaluation Plan.

At a Glance.

What Else Is It Called?

When Is It Used?

Why Is It Used?

Key Concepts.

Formatting Issues.

Assistance for Development of an Evaluation Plan.

Connect to Goals and Objectives.

About Measurability.

Communication with the Funder.

The Role of Documentation.

Internal Evaluation Team.

External Evaluation Team.

Checklist Evaluation Plan.

Last Words.

Examples of Evaluation Plans for Four Projects.

Chapter 11: Dissemination Plan.

At a Glance.

What Else Is It Called?

When Is It Used?

Why Is It Used?

Key Concepts.

Formatting Issues.

Local Dissemination.

State Dissemination.

National Dissemination.

Consider Fees.

Products To Be Sold.

Checklist Dissemination Plan.

Last Words.

Examples of Dissemination Plans for Four Projects.

Chapter 12: Continuation Plan.

At a Glance.

What Else Is It Called?

When Is It Used?

Why Is It Used?

Key Concepts.

Formatting Issues.

Why Do Funders Want to Know about Continuation?

What Are the Keys to Continuation?

How Do You Prove You Will Continue a Project?

What Is Evidence of Continuation?

Checklist Continuation Plan.

Last Words.

Examples of Continuation Plans for Four Projects.

Chapter 13: Key Personnel Biographies.

At a Glance.

What Else Are They Called?

When Are They Used?

Why Are They Used?

Key Concepts.

Formatting Issues.

Who Are Key Persons?

Do Not Wait until the Last Minute.

Interview.

Name, Rank, and Serial Number.

Specialties.

Summary.

Experience.

Professional Activities.

Education.

Job Description.

Checklist Key Personnel Bios.

Last Words.

Examples of Key Personnel Bios for Four Projects.

Chapter 14: Timelines.

At a Glance.

What Else Are They Called?

When Are They Used?

Why Are They Used?

Key Concepts.

Formatting Issues.

Goals and Major Objectives.

Milestones or Special Events.

Major Reports and Evaluations.

Important Deadlines.

Special Requirements of Funder.

Examples.

Checklist Timeline.

Last Words.

Examples of Timelines for Four Projects.

Chapter 15: Budget Summary.

At a Glance.

What Else Is It Called?

When Is It Used?

Why Is It Used?

Key Concepts.

Formatting Issues.

Budget Assistance.

Introduction.

In–Kind.

Direct Costs.

Indirect Costs.

Overhead.

Items Included in Budgets.

Formatting the Budget.

Checklist Budget Summary.

Last Words.

Examples of Budgets for Four Projects.

Chapter 16: Budget Justification.

At a Glance.

What Else Is It Called?

When Is It Used?

Why Is It Used?

Key Concepts.

Formatting Issues.

Personnel.

Fringe Benefits.

Travel.

Contractual Services.

Construction or Renovation.

Materials.

Supplies.

Equipment.

Indirect Costs.

Checklist Budget Justification.

Last Words.

Examples of Budget Justification for Four Projects.

Chapter 17: Appendix.

At a Glance.

What Else Is It Called?

When Is It Used?

Why Is It Used?

Key Concepts.

Formatting Issues.

Items to Include.

Biographical Sketches of Key Personnel.

Organization Chart.

Timeline.

Letters of Support.

Survey, Test, and Questionnaire Results.

Equipment Descriptions.

Lists of Advisors and Board Members.

Checklist Appendix.

Last Words.

Examples of Appendices for Four Projects.

Chapter 18: Bibliography.

At a Glance.

What Else Is It Called?

When Is It Used?

Why Is It Used?

Key Concepts.

Formatting Issues.

Include Only Recent or Landmark References.

Do Not Include References Not Used in Your Proposal.

Include a Bibliography, Even if You Have Footnotes.

Quote Studies from the Potential Funder.

Examples of Bibliographical Formats.

Checklist Bibliography.

Last Words.

Examples of Bibliographies for Four Projects.

Chapter 19: Introduction and Forms.

At a Glance Introduction.

What Else Is It Called?

When Is It Used?

Why Is It Used?

Key Concepts.

Formatting Issues.

Follow the Funder s Directions for Content.

Describe Your Organization.

Provide a Brief Summary of the Problem You Are Addressing.

At a Glance Forms.

What Else Are They Called?

When Are They Used?

Why Are They Used?

Key Concepts.

Formatting Issues.

If Forms Are Required, Complete Each and Every One.

Use the Forms You Are Given.

Put Forms in the Proposal in Exactly the Order in Which You Are Directed.

Complete Each Form Neatly and Legibly (You May Need to Use a Typewriter).

Checklist Introduction and Forms.

Last Words.

Index.

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Cheryl Carter New
James Aaron Quick
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