How to Say It - Grantwriting Write Proposals That Grantmakers Want to Fund

ISBN-10: 0735204454

ISBN-13: 9780735204454

Edition: 2009

Authors: Deborah S. Koch

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A guide to writing grant proposals tailored specifically to a donor’s interests, complete with step-by-step instructions and samples of winning proposals. In grant- seeking, words can go where the applicant can’t—the foundation boardroom, the corporation’s headquarters—so it’s important to use them as the strategic, powerful tools that they are. This book shows readers how to find, frame, and use words effectively to make the case for any organization and its projects. Readers are provided the tools for crafting a grant proposal that speaks directly to the funder’s interests. Grant-seekers will learn: • How to find out which funders fit their project exactly • Strategies for figuring out what each grant-maker is looking for • Critical tips for crafting attention-grabbing proposals Koch shows readers how to write with a point of view that is geared to the funder’s interests and goals, while remaining true to the project. Packed with examples of winning proposals, and strategies for using words to inspire and convince, this is the must-have resource for any grant-seeker hoping to stand apart from the crowd.
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/6/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

An Introduction: Getting Started
Words Matter
Why This Book Matters
Grantseeking and the Economic Downturn
How to Use This Book
Beginners FAQs
Grant Proposal Writing Process
Basic Components of a Proposal
Yes, You Can Write
It's About More Than Content
Make Sure Your Project Is Fundable
So What? Identify the Goal of Your Project
How Will You Know That You Have Achieved Your Goal?
Who Will Benefit from Your Project?
Is Your Project Doable?
Bonus Points for Project Design
Is It a Good Match? Show That You've Done Your Homework
Understanding the Grantmaker
Conducting the Research
Look at Grants Made
Good Match Criteria
Be Alert to Trends
Foundation Considerations
Find Your Hook
Writing Persuasively
The Hook
Determining Point of View
Preferred Problem-Solving Approach
Political Ideology
Use Buzzwords
Applying the Grantmaker's Words
Say It to the Right Audience with the Right Style
Know Your Audience
Operate from the Reader's World
Learn from Your Rejections
Overall Style Advice
Creating a Well-Organized and Well-Structured Proposal
Proposal Organization Brainstorming
Proposal Mapping
Make It Easy to Read
Make It Easy to Follow
Make It Easy to Find Information
Use a Proposal Introduction
Make Your Case with Clarity, Logic, and Passion
Assume Nothing: Strive for Clarity
Examples of Using Clarity, Logic, and Passion in Your Proposal Presentation
Project Titles
Overcoming Writer's Block
But Content Is What You're Selling
Say It Effectively: The Letter of Inquiry
Online Letter of Inquiry
Contents of a Letter of Inquiry
Writing a Short Proposal
Example of a Short Proposal
Say It with Substance: Organizational Description
Introduce the Organization
Establish Capacity
Say It with Conviction: The Statement of Need
Clarify Your Issue
Demonstrate Knowledge of the Field
Present Your Problem-Solving Approach
Talk About the Beneficiaries
Establish Organizational Capacity to Meet the Need
Examples of the Statement of Need
Say It with Vision and Solutions: Goals, Objectives, Activities, and Outcomes
What Is a Goal?
What Is an Objective?
What Is an Activity?
What Is an Outcome?
Guiding Questions
Goals and Objectives Technique
Activities and Outcomes Technique
Examples of Goal, Objectives, and Activities Statements
Make It Measurable: Outcomes
Say It with Proof: Evaluation
Reasons for Evaluation
Evaluation Considerations
Evaluation Methodology and Techniques
Say It Expansively: Project Dissemination
Purpose and Value of Dissemination
Dissemination Activities
Examples of Dissemination
Say It Richly: Budget and Budget Narrative, Project Sustainability
Relationship of Budget to Project Activities
How Much Money Should I Ask For?
Government Budgets
Foundation Budgets
Budget Narrative
Project Sustainability
Say It Succinctly: Proposal Abstract/Executive Summary
Example of a Proposal Abstract
Say It with Flair: The Cover Letter
Examples of Cover Letters
Proposal Samples
Sample Letter of Inquiry to a Major Foundation
Sample Proposal to a Community Foundation
Sample Proposal Narrative to a Federal Agency
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