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ISBN-13: 978-0470291139 ISBN-10: 0470291133 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 3 edition (December 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470291133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470291139
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The bestselling guide to getting funding from governments, corporations, and foundations

Want to get a grant? This proven guide offers up-to-date advice on putting together a successful grant proposal — from researching your options to dealing with application forms to compiling a winning contract bid document. Whether you're a new grant writer or a veteran fundraiser, you'll see how to win more grant awards in an increasingly competitive funding environment.

  • Get started with grant basics — understand the difference between grants and contracts, start the planning process, and manage the paperwork

  • Show me the money — locate worldwide grantmaking organizations (whether public, private, or international) and get the dollars you need

  • Play and win the grants game — demonstrate your need through powerful writing and convince peer reviewers to rate your application with the maximum points

  • Write a competitive application narrative — prepare each section of your funding request, from the cover letter and abstract to each section of grant proposals and contract bids

  • Increase your funding success rates — give funders the specifics they're looking for, build grant applicant credibility, and craft the Corporate Letter Request

Open the book and find:

  • One-stop funding Web sites and state agencies that publish grant funding opportunity announcements

  • The latest language, terms, and phrases to use on the job or in proposals

  • Ways to recycle a rejected proposal

  • Helpful chapters on project staffing, resources, equity, and budgets

  • How to target the best Web sites to find the latest application forms and writing guidelines

  • An example of a well-researched, well-written grant proposal

About the Author

Dr. Beverly A. Browning, MPA, DBA, a national grant writer and consultant with more than two decades of experience, has won more than $100 million in grants. She is the author of a dozen grant-related publications, teaches online grant writing classes for Education to Go, and is a member of and chapter resource developer for the American Association of Grant Professionals.

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I am a professional proposal and grant writer.
Ed Benjamin
This book breaks down the grantwriting process in a concise and easy to follow format.
Desert Girl
Read the book front to back in less than a week because I enjoyed it so much.
T. Sutherland

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joanie Mac on September 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a very well written resource; however, be prepared for considerable information overload. In grant writing, it pays to have as much information as possible, you do need to focus on the target audience and the purpose of your request for funding. Although geared for folks with less experience in grant seeking, it can be overwhelming to attempt to review all of the websites listed by the author or look up the materials in the library. Have an idea in mind of what you need to communicate before setting off into the wild Internet yonder and nail down the intent of your research prior to spending days in the reference sections. Outline and scope the specifics then go to these websites and books. You'll enjoy the work more than if you went page by page.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christa M. Evans on June 26, 2009
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I am beginning a grant writing consultancy business and found this book enormously helpful. It is well documented, fabulously organized, touches on all the necessary points you will need to know about, and - most importantly to me - tells you like it is. Unlike some other books I read that seemed more like college textbooks, this book will really give you the information you need to operate in the real world writing real grants. The info is timely and accurate. It's a real must have desk reference for anyone involved in writing grants for nonprofits!
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"Oh, that I might have my request,
That God would grant me the thing that I long for!" -- Job 6:8 (NKJV)

If you are totally new to looking for grants, Grant Writing for Dummies will save you a lot of time, effort, frustration, headaches, and expense. I have been dabbling in grant writing and knew that I was over my head. Any chapter of this well-thought-out book will be worth the book's cost to you.

I particularly liked the idea of becoming a grant reviewer, as a way to obtain a keener understanding of the decision-making process.

I was pleased to see that the book contains a complete example of a grant application narrative, which I found to be very helpful.

In addition, the author refers readers to lots of free resources (both online and off) that are sure to yield better opportunities.

I don't know how successful my future efforts will be, but I can at least be sure to be working on the right things in the right ways.

Thanks Dr. Browning!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Veronica Robbins on April 21, 2010
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This book provides an excellent, comprehensive overview of what you need to know to write grants. While there is a danger of information overload for a beginner, most books for new grant writers don't provide enough information, and that is definitely not the case for this book. The many checklists, tips, warnings, and practical examples will be particularly helpful as you get started with grant writing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Sutherland on May 25, 2010
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Purchased this book with a few others to get started on grant writing for a non-profit. Read the book front to back in less than a week because I enjoyed it so much. I found myself coming into my office each morning and checking out new websites from the book to help me. After reading the book, I truly understand what grantmakers are looking for in a proposal. Thank you so much!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Stolz on May 25, 2009
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Likely the most complete book on the subject of grant writing that I have read. It is a must for my library!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aldene Fredenburg on April 10, 2009
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This book demystifies what can be a confusing and scary process, and provides clarity and a rational approach to grant seeking and writing. It leads the reader through the assessment process--developing a fundraising plan, identifying potential sources of funding, and then crafting the grant proposal itself--and provides inside information on what makes a good grant request. A must-read for anyone seeking a grant.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ed Benjamin on April 11, 2010
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I am a professional proposal and grant writer. I work on a contract basis writing and managing proposals and grants for my clients.

This is a "must-have" book for everyone who needs to know more about the business of grant writing. this book is very well organized and does not mince wsords about what you need to do in order to write a grant which will recieive an award.

I cover grant writing in my book but not as well as the author.

Buy it today!You will be glad you did.

Ed Benjamin, author of "Cash In on the Obama $3 Trillion Spending Plan!: How to make large amounts of money by conducting business with or receiving grants from federal, state, and local governments" also available on Amazon
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