The Complete Idiot's Guide to Grant Writing, 3rd Edition

Book description

An updated and revised edition-offering new information on some of the most popular topics in grant writing.

This new edition of The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Grant Writing provides essential information on how to start a freelance business, covering such topics as getting that first assignment, pricing, state regulations, organizing and customizing proposals, researching funders, sponsorship, and much more.

? In the current economic environment, government and private sector grants will continue to be an important way to acquire funds for projects.

? Includes grant writing samples.

? This book's templates and other resources will now be easy to find and use on idiotsguides.com.

Table of contents

  1. The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Grant Writing
    1. Copyright (1/2)
    2. Copyright (2/2)
    3. Introduction
      1. What’s in This Book
      2. The Philanthropy Insider
      3. Acknowledgments
      4. Special Thanks to the Technical Reviewers
      5. Trademarks
    4. Part 1: Getting Started
      1. Chapter 1: The Practice of Grant Writing (1/3)
      2. Chapter 1: The Practice of Grant Writing (2/3)
      3. Chapter 1: The Practice of Grant Writing (3/3)
        1. You Already Are a Grant Writer!
        2. Like Writing Mom and Dad
        3. Why Grant Writing Is the Answer
        4. The Stock Market and Grants
        5. The Complete Grant Writer
        6. A Week-by-Week Guide
      4. Chapter 2: The ABCs of Grants (1/3)
      5. Chapter 2: The ABCs of Grants (2/3)
      6. Chapter 2: The ABCs of Grants (3/3)
        1. A Closer Look at Grants
        2. Who Can Receive a Grant?
        3. What Can You Raise Money For?
        4. What Funders Look For
    5. Part 2: Where the Money Is
      1. Chapter 3: A Foundation Primer (1/4)
      2. Chapter 3: A Foundation Primer (2/4)
      3. Chapter 3: A Foundation Primer (3/4)
      4. Chapter 3: A Foundation Primer (4/4)
        1. The Types of Foundations
        2. Corporate Foundations
        3. Foundations as the IRS Sees Them
      5. Chapter 4: A Corporation Primer (1/3)
      6. Chapter 4: A Corporation Primer (2/3)
      7. Chapter 4: A Corporation Primer (3/3)
        1. Corporate Foundations
        2. Corporate Foundations Versus Contributions Office
        3. Local Versus National Giving
        4. Corporate Matching Gifts
        5. Corporate Grants Versus Sponsorship
        6. Free Stuff and Free Consulting
        7. And the Letter Gets Sent Where?
      8. Chapter 5: A Government Primer (1/2)
      9. Chapter 5: A Government Primer (2/2)
        1. Grants
        2. RFPs and Contracts
        3. It’s Never Free Money
        4. Who You Really Know: Earmarks
      10. Chapter 6: An Individual Donor Primer (1/3)
      11. Chapter 6: An Individual Donor Primer (2/3)
      12. Chapter 6: An Individual Donor Primer (3/3)
        1. Why People Give Away Their Money
        2. Propose to Me, and See What Happens
        3. The Cost of Giving
    6. Part 3: Research, or Just How Nosy Are You?
      1. Chapter 7: You Can Find It Online (1/4)
      2. Chapter 7: You Can Find It Online (2/4)
      3. Chapter 7: You Can Find It Online (3/4)
      4. Chapter 7: You Can Find It Online (4/4)
        1. Foundations
        2. Corporations
        3. Government Funders
        4. People
        5. Research Portals
      5. Chapter 8: You Can Find It Offline (1/2)
      6. Chapter 8: You Can Find It Offline (2/2)
        1. Directories
        2. Periodicals
        3. The Stuff You Used to Throw Away
      7. Chapter 9: Narrowing Your Prospects (1/2)
      8. Chapter 9: Narrowing Your Prospects (2/2)
        1. Get the Details
        2. Avoid False Leads
    7. Part 4: Strategies for Success
      1. Chapter 10: Sow Before You Reap (1/2)
      2. Chapter 10: Sow Before You Reap (2/2)
        1. Newsletters
        2. Events
      3. Chapter 11: Testing the Waters (1/3)
      4. Chapter 11: Testing the Waters (2/3)
      5. Chapter 11: Testing the Waters (3/3)
        1. Whom to Contact
        2. Inquiry Letters
        3. Inquiry Calls
        4. Informational Meetings
        5. When to Pull Strings
        6. Managing Your Contacts
      6. Chapter 12: Planning for Success, Now and Tomorrow (1/2)
      7. Chapter 12: Planning for Success, Now and Tomorrow (2/2)
        1. Developing a Grant-Writing Plan
        2. Developing a Three-Year Funding Plan
        3. Live by Your Schedule
    8. Part 5: Writing the Proposal
      1. Chapter 13: The Parts of a Grant Proposal (1/3)
      2. Chapter 13: The Parts of a Grant Proposal (2/3)
      3. Chapter 13: The Parts of a Grant Proposal (3/3)
        1. Making the Case for Support
        2. Purpose of the Program
        3. Why You Are Doing This Project
        4. How You Will Make It Happen
        5. Who Will Do What?
        6. Who Will Benefit
        7. Summing It All Up
      4. Chapter 14: Selling Your Project (1/3)
      5. Chapter 14: Selling Your Project (2/3)
      6. Chapter 14: Selling Your Project (3/3)
        1. Making a Persuasive Argument for Each Funder
        2. Buzz, Buzz, Buzzwords
        3. Process Versus Outcomes
        4. Operating Support Proposals
        5. Last Call
      7. Chapter 15: Dollars and Cents (1/4)
      8. Chapter 15: Dollars and Cents (2/4)
      9. Chapter 15: Dollars and Cents (3/4)
      10. Chapter 15: Dollars and Cents (4/4)
        1. Budget Basics
        2. Who
        3. What—Direct Expenses
        4. What—Indirect Expenses
        5. When
        6. Where
        7. How
        8. Budget Narrative
        9. Putting It All Together
        10. Multiyear Budgets
        11. Organizational Budget
      11. Chapter 16: The Cover Letter and Executive Summary (1/3)
      12. Chapter 16: The Cover Letter and Executive Summary (2/3)
      13. Chapter 16: The Cover Letter and Executive Summary (3/3)
        1. Know Your Audience
        2. Personal Versus Personality
        3. For Current and Recent Funders
        4. For New Funders
        5. Cover Letter Checklist
        6. An Executive Summary Is Not Another Cover Letter
        7. Executive Summary Checklist
      14. Chapter 17: Repute and Tribute (1/2)
      15. Chapter 17: Repute and Tribute (2/2)
        1. You’ve Got History with This Issue
        2. Testimonials
        3. Other Endorsements
        4. Staff and Consultant Bios
        5. Are You Legal?
        6. Everything Else
      16. Chapter 18: Putting It All Together (1/2)
      17. Chapter 18: Putting It All Together (2/2)
        1. Final Internal Review
        2. You Can Be Too Pretty
        3. Playing to Your Audience
        4. Getting the Package Delivered
      18. Chapter 19: Other Types of Applications (1/2)
      19. Chapter 19: Other Types of Applications (2/2)
        1. Letter Proposals
        2. Form Proposals
        3. Online Applications
        4. E-Mail Submissions
    9. Part 6: Everything Else You Need to Know
      1. Chapter 20: Waiting for and Receiving the Verdict (1/2)
      2. Chapter 20: Waiting for and Receiving the Verdict (2/2)
        1. Don’t Be a Nudge
        2. Handling Rejection
        3. Acceptance
      3. Chapter 21: Reporting on Success (1/3)
      4. Chapter 21: Reporting on Success (2/3)
      5. Chapter 21: Reporting on Success (3/3)
        1. Developing a Relationship
        2. Giving Credit Where Credit’s Due
        3. Keeping in Touch
        4. Gathering Information
        5. Progress Reports
        6. Spending the Money
        7. Grant Extensions and Exceptions
        8. The Final Report
        9. Combined Final Report and Renewal Request
      6. Chapter 22: Advice for Individual Grant Seekers (1/2)
      7. Chapter 22: Advice for Individual Grant Seekers (2/2)
        1. Research Is Still the First Step
        2. Web Portals for Individual Grant Seekers
        3. Books for Individual Grant Seekers
        4. How Does “Me.org” Sound?
        5. Grant Proposals for Individuals
        6. Expressing Yourself in Numbers
      8. Chapter 23: Working as a Freelance Grant Writer (1/2)
      9. Chapter 23: Working as a Freelance Grant Writer (2/2)
        1. The Makings of a Freelance Grant Writer
        2. Developing a Portfolio
        3. Creating a Resumé
        4. Bragging Rights
        5. Working with Clients
        6. Finding Work
        7. The Efficient Practice
      10. Chapter 24: The Business Side of Freelancing (1/2)
      11. Chapter 24: The Business Side of Freelancing (2/2)
        1. To Incorporate or Not?
        2. Caution: Red Tape Ahead!
        3. Setting Your Fee
        4. Good Contracts Make for Good Clients
        5. Maintain an Ethical Practice
    10. Appendix A: Glossary (1/2)
    11. Appendix A: Glossary (2/2)
    12. Appendix B: Offline Resources
      1. Funder and People Directories
      2. Writing Guides
      3. Research and Grant Writing Guides
      4. Resources for Individual Grant Seekers
      5. Forming a Nonprofit Organization
      6. Consulting
      7. Useful Organizations in the United States
      8. Useful Organizations in Canada
    13. Appendix C: Internet Resources
      1. General Information on Grant Writing and Research
      2. Government Resources
      3. Foundation Resources
      4. Corporate Resources
      5. People Research
      6. Individual Grantseeker Resources
      7. Fiscal Sponsors
      8. Forming a Nonprofit Organization
      9. Consulting
      10. Canadian Resources
    14. Appendix D: Sample Foundation Grant Proposal (1/2)
    15. Appendix D: Sample Foundation Grant Proposal (2/2)
    16. Appendix E: Sample Corporate Grant Proposal
      1. Cover Letter
      2. Proposal
      3. Budget
    17. Appendix F: Sample Sponsorship Proposal
      1. Cover Letter
      2. Benefits and Demographics Sheet
    18. Appendix G: Sample Government Grant Proposal
      1. Proposal
      2. Folk Arts Collaborative
    19. Appendix H: Sample Final Report
      1. Cover Letter
      2. Final Report
      3. Budget Report
    20. Appendix I: The Elements of a Grant Proposal
    21. Appendix J: The Hallmarks of a Good Grant Writer
    22. Index (1/3)
    23. Index (2/3)
    24. Index (3/3)

Product information

  • Title: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Grant Writing, 3rd Edition
  • Author(s): Waddy Thompson
  • Release date: July 2011
  • Publisher(s): Alpha
  • ISBN: 9781101516799