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

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LESSON 12

The Budget: How Much Will It Cost . . . and Is the Cost Reasonable?

OPENING REMARKS

As I was reading a proposal that a municipal government agency was about to submit to a foundation, I noticed that the budget seemed awfully high for a relatively modest project. Nothing in the program description or objectives seemed unusual, and I was anxious to see what in the world was going to cost all that money. Was there a conference in Maui that 10 staff members would attend? Was the commissioner planning to buy an SUV or something? When I finally got to the budget narrative, I saw it right away. The project director of this relatively modest little program was expecting to be paid an annual salary of $120,000. No one preparing the proposal ...

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