- Paperback: 190 pages
- Publisher: Portland State Univ Continuing; 4 edition (1 June 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0876780710
- ISBN-13: 978-0876780718
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.9 x 27.3 cm
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Getting Funded: The Complete Guide to Writing Grant Proposals Paperback – Import, 1 Jun 2003
"...a must-read for anyone who seeks grant support." -- Eugene R. Wilson, Sr. Vice President, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
"I have always found Getting Funded to be the most complete resource in its field." -- Martha Golensky, Professor, Grand Valley State University
"This book needs to be on every grantwriter's desk." -- Peter F. Donnelly, President and CEO, Corporate Council for the Arts/ArtsFund
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Getting Funded, 4th edition, offers a wealth of information for both novice and seasoned grant writers, program administrators, teachers, and students. It covers many types of funding organizations from the private and public sectors and explains the best way to approach each type. It describes the basics of planning, preparing, and submitting a proposal, breaking down each component of the process into manageable segments and illustrating them with clear examples.
Authors Mary Stewart Hall and Susan Howlett have extensive experience in making grants, teaching proposal writing, and working with and consulting for private foundations and nonprofit organizations. From this expertise, they offer detailed tools and techniques to make specific types of proposals successful and tips that only an industry insider could know.
New to this edition are a section of Web resources, numerous helpful checklists, and more guidance and examples for small organizations. There is even a set of teaching guides for instructors, a feature which puts this book in a class by itself.See all Product description
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The complete Guide to Writing Grant Proposals
Mary Hall, PhD. & Susan Howlett
Portland State University
174 pages including appendices
Tunnell & Associates
I found this book intriguing. As an experienced (25+ years) professional, I approached this assignment with an "I will see if they did it right" attitude. Not only do they do it right, but I enjoyed the content, arrangement of information, and style of presentation. I found myself mentally noting things I have tried to share with clients or peers - and wishing I could underline passages and stick the book under a few noses. Validation is wonderful, but I also learned new techniques and viewpoints and got an update on several topics.
The book is divided into parts:
Part One: Essential Planning Steps
Chapter 1 Getting Started
Chapter 2 Assessing Your Capability
Chapter 3 Developing the Idea
Chapter 4 Selecting the Funding Source
Considerable space is given to guiding an agency through the process of planning to prepare an application - how I wish this step was the norm instead of the exception! The first four chapters are devoted to this crucial step - and they are the chapters I want more agencies to use. So often the attitude is "we need money, write a grant", not knowing or caring that you can only write applications. The planning step is mostly unknown or ignored. Hopefully, these four chapters will encourage new applicants to start off on the right foot and actually think before they leap. This information will also be appreciated by experienced grant writers - they know this but can't get their administration to listen. Here is support for their unheeded cries.
The nine chapters on preparing the application are thorough, well presented, clear, and concrete.
Part Two: Writing and Submitting the Proposal
Chapter 5 Writing the Proposal
Chapter 6 Title Page, Abstract, and Accompanying Documents
Chapter 7 Writing the Purpose Statement
Chapter 8 Writing the Statement of Need
Chapter 9 Procedures
Chapter 10 Evaluation
Chapter 11 Qualifications and Personnel
Chapter 12 The Budget
Chapter 13 Review, Submission, Notification, and Renewal
Every possible section and subsection of an application is covered in easy to understand language. Samples of standard pages and suggested formats are included in the body of the text, where they are most relevant. Charts provide summary and detail of specific topics in an easy to understand format. Differences among government, private foundation, corporate, and research applications are explained and the components of each are listed, including required attachments.
One of my favorite sections is a working timeline. All too often someone in an agency notices that there is funding available, gets all excited about applying, and then casually mentions that the deadline is next week. The planning timetable shows the uninitiated exactly how long each process takes, and what the working order should be.
The information is current; time lines, PERT charts, and logic models are included and explained. An entire chapter is devoted to evaluation methodology, a relatively recent requirement many are still uncomfortable dealing with and preparing. The authors even include an overview of the review process, and a list of the Seven Deadly Sins of Proposal Writing.
Appendix A Proposal Development Checklist
Appendix B Resources for Teachers
Appendix A is a summary of each chapter, with a check list of salient points and tasks. It will serve as a handy review and reminder when you get down to the wire and the group starts to lose focus. I probably won't use the syllabus for a nine-week course in Appendix B, but I am most interested in the outline for a one-day seminar. For the truly serious, there is a section of assignments for each chapter, these are handy for a curriculum, but could also be used by an agency as an on-going group project to focus and integrate the grant writing team.
This is a resource for both beginning and experienced applicants. Every page has something new and/or interesting. As I went through the chapters, I kept wanting to add to this review, calling attention to this topic or that technique. I can't go on forever, so go get the book. I'm not sharing my copy.