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The First-Time Grantwriter's Guide to Success


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Education Finance & Funding

April 2002 | 152 pages | Corwin
In any organization that is alive with creative ideas, funding is a constant problem. Finding ways to support new programmes without cutting back on existing services can seem impossible to school districts whose budgets tighten annually. Therefore, finding a resource for funding outside of limited budgets is crucial; grants can provide that resource. Grant money is available for just about anything, if you know where to look and how to write the proposal. The First-Time Grantwriter's Guide to Success is a broadly applicable book that can be used by anyone assembling any grant proposal. While the book focuses on US Department of Education grants, it examines the common selection criteria applied by the majority of governmental departments, and includes portions of actual grant applications as examples.

The First-Time Grantwriter's Guide to Success is a complete reference to grant funding. The book includes multiple examples, as well as first hand experiences, failures, and successes. The author Cynthia Knowles provides readers with detailed information to navigate the process, from research, to writing, to submitting the final proposal. She includes a complete glossary of statute terms, forms and figures to assist readers in organization and planning, and a list of alternative grantwriting resources.

 
List of Figures
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
1. Where's the Money?
Funding That Matches Needs

 
Primary Sources of Funding Information

 
Secondary Sources of Funding Information

 
Online Sources of Funding Information

 
Private, Corporate, and Foundation Funding

 
Online Grantwriting Tools

 
Conclusion

 
Where's the Money?: Checklist

 
 
2. A First Look at the Application Process
Cover Letter

 
Authorizing Legislation

 
Eligibility

 
Single Point of Contact (SPOC)

 
Estimated Range of Rewards

 
Project Length

 
Prohibited Uses

 
Selection Factors

 
Background

 
Selection Criteria

 
Deadlines

 
Rejection

 
A First Look: Checklist

 
 
3. Write to Your Audience
The Readers

 
Technical Review Form

 
Authorizing Statute

 
Getting Started

 
Readability

 
Write to Your Audience: Checklist

 
 
4. Establishing Need
Demographics

 
Establishing Need

 
Existing Resources

 
Establishing Need: Checklist

 
 
5. Goals and Objectives
Goals

 
Objectives

 
Objectives and the Authorizing Statute

 
Goals and Objectives: Checklist

 
 
6. Plan of Operation
Literature Review

 
Resources and Personnel

 
Management Plan

 
Sound Research Methods

 
Equal Access

 
Dissemination and Replication

 
Conclusion

 
Plan of Operation: Checklist

 
 
7. Quality of Key Personnel
Project Director

 
Staff Distribution

 
Job Descriptions

 
Quality of Key Personnel: Checklist

 
 
8. Budget Development
Budget Form

 
Budget Narrative

 
Years Two and Three

 
Negotiations

 
Budget Development: Checklist

 
 
9. Evaluation Plan
Implementation Evaluation

 
Outcome Evaluation

 
Model Programs

 
Evaluation Plan: Checklist

 
 
10. Commitment and Capacity
Adequacy of Resources

 
Sustainability

 
Commitment and Capacity: Checklist

 
 
11. Cover Sheets, Abstracts, and Other Miscellany
Cover Sheet

 
Protection of Human Subjects in Research

 
Table of Contents

 
Abstract

 
Attachments

 
Submitting Your Application

 
After Submission

 
Cover Sheets, Abstracts, and Other Miscellany: Checklist

 
 
Resource A: Meeting the Purposes of the Authorizing Statute
 
Resource B: Community and School Demographics
 
Resource C: Student Enrollment Data Collection Form
 
Resource D: Summary Teacher Education/Expertise
 
Resource E: Process Objectives
 
Resource F: Outcome Objectives
 
Resource G: Project Workplan
 
Resource H: Project Timeline
 
Resource I: Proposed Staff Distribution
 
Resource J: Writing An Abstract
 
Resource K: Glossary
 
Resource L: Grantwriting FAQs
 
Resource M: Forms
 
References
 
Other Grantwriting Resources
 
Index

 "Direct, clear, and concise, this comprehensive book is full of good suggestions for everyone from a novice to an experienced grantwriter. The author’s use of simple language makes it easy to read and understand."

Michael Cormier, Superintendent
Maine School Administration, District #9

 "The detail and step-by-step discussion of the grantwriting process presented in this book provide a high level of comfort without being overwhelming. The large number of grant resources and checklists are invaluable."

Bill Ferland, Information Technology Coordinator
Rhode Island Office of Higher Education

 "For inexperienced and experienced grantwriters alike, this extremely useful reference book uses an easy-to-read format that encourages readers to go forth in the grantseeker’s world with confidence."

Cynthia Davidson, Assistant Director Financial Aid
Rutgers University

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ISBN: 9780761945369