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The Only Grant-Writing Book You'll Ever Need by Ellen Karsh

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LESSON 1

Who Am I? (and What in the World Do I Want to Do?)

OPENING REMARKS

More than 20 years ago, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it would fund innovative parent centers to be housed in public school buildings. These centers were supposed to be developed and run by parents, and the types of activities available to parents would be chosen by—you guessed it—parents. To apply for this grant, applicants had to be not-for-profit organizations, not schools. I was a beginning grant writer at the time, and I was assigned to write a proposal for a small parent organization whose name I can’t remember. As I was completing the grant application and getting ready to mail it to Washington, D.C., I noticed that it asked for proof of not-for-profit ...

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