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The only grant-writing book you'll ever need
Karsh, Ellen.
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First Carroll and Graf edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Carroll & Graf ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, [2003]

Physical Description:
xvi, 368 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
Includes index.

"An insider's guide"--Cover.
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HG177.5.U6 K37 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
HG177.5.U6 K37 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
HG177.5.U6 K37 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The competition for government and foundation grants is steeper than ever in this post-9/11 environment of urgent monetary need. For everyone who has to raise money through grants, for every type of organization and government agency, comes a book that details winning strategies for developing grant proposals, from authors who know where the money is and know how to get it. The authors frame writing the grant proposal as the final, not-too-difficult step in a comprehensive and methodical process. From the first step of determining what kinds of funding are most appropriate, they show readers how to identify a compelling need, analyze the effectiveness of existing programs to address that issue, and develop one or more of these existing programs or create an innovative one that will indeed have an impact. Along the way, they explain how to build a coalition when it is needed to implement the program efficiently. The grant application becomes a showcase for readers' organization, well-designed programs, and dedicated partners.

Author Notes

Ellen Karsh was director of the New York City Mayor's Office of Grants Administration for nearly eight years, working for Mayors Giuliani and Bloomberg, prior to which she developed grants for the New York City Board of Education.

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

Veteran grant writers Karsh and Fox not only rely on years of experience but also on interviews with dozens of foundations, associations, and government organizations to provide readers the best current thinking around a very tedious subject. What's more, the book's organization is attractive; 16 lessons, each prefaced with a truth-is-stranger anecdote and then expanded via a series of questions and answers and discussion and tested with pop quizzes, from fill in the blanks to independent study. The quotes from funders alone are worth the price of admission: Less than 10 percent of proposals fit our guidelines. I hate it when budgets make no sense. Make it easier to use, with headings, bullets . . . Yet, hands down, the appendixes win: 50 tips to improve your chances to win a grant and a proposal checklist, glossary, sample grant forms, representative list of community foundations, Web sites, regional associations of grant makers, and answers to pop quizzes. A must-have money reference. --Barbara Jacobs Copyright 2003 Booklist

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Part I Prerequisites
Lesson 1 Who Am I? (and What in the World Do I Want to Do?)p. 3
Lesson 2 Wait a Second--What Is a Grant ... and Where Do I Get One?p. 11
Lesson 3 Making (Dollars and) Sense of Grant-Application Packages: What Grantmakers Wantp. 36
Lesson 4 Getting Ready to Write a Proposal: If You're a Not-for-Profit Organization ...; If You're a Government Agency or School District ...; If You're an Individual Grant Seeker ...p. 55
Funders Roundtablep. 75
Part II It's Finally Time to Write the Proposal
Lesson 5 Foundations of Proposal Writingp. 99
Lesson 6 Identifying and Documenting the Need: What Problem Will a Grant Fix?p. 104
Lesson 7 Goals and Objectives: What Do You Hope to Achieve If You Get the Money?p. 127
Lesson 8 Developing and Presenting a Winning Programp. 137
Lesson 9 Finding Partners and Building Coalitions (The MOUs That Roared)p. 149
Lesson 10 The Evaluation Plan: How Can You Be Sure If Your Program Worked?p. 161
Lesson 11 The Budget: How Much Will It Cost ... and Is the Cost Reasonable?p. 172
Lesson 12 Sustainability: How Will You Continue the Program when the Grant Funds Run Out? (and You'd Better Not Say, "I Won't!")p. 185
Lesson 13 Capacity: Proving That You Can Get the Job Donep. 193
Lesson 14 Front and Back: The Cover Page or Cover Letter, the Abstract, the Table of Contents, and the Appendixp. 200
Funders Roundtable IIp. 214
Part III And After the Proposal ...
Lesson 15 The Site Visit--Playing Hostp. 247
Lesson 16 So Now You Know--What Next?p. 254
Funders Roundtable IIIp. 268
Appendix 1 50 Tips for Improving Your Chances of Winning a Grantp. 281
Appendix 2 Proposal Checklistp. 286
Appendix 3 Glossaryp. 287
Appendix 4 Sample Grant Forms: Washington, D.C., Area Common Grant Application Form; Federal Cover Page, Form SF-424; Sample Cover Letter; Sample Letter of Inquiry; Sample Abstractp. 302
Appendix 5 Representative List of Community Foundationsp. 311
Appendix 6 Websitesp. 327
Appendix 7 Regional Associations of Grantmakers (RAGs)p. 339
Appendix 8 Answers to Pop Quizzesp. 348
Indexp. 358
Acknowledgmentsp. 366
About the Authorsp. 367