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Grantsmanship: Program Planning & Proposal Writing Paperback – 2015
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This is the format that most successful grantseekers use to develop proposals and that many funders use for application guidelines. Named the “grantseekers’ Bible” by the New York Times in 2006, the original guide has been used in over 40 countries and published in four languages, providing direction to over 1 million professionals.
Updated and expanded, this new version of The Grantsmanship Center’s seminal publication on how to win grants gives essential information that’s crystal clear, easy to understand, and loaded with lots of concrete examples.
This new edition sets novice grantseekers on the right track while challenging experienced nonprofit professionals toward increased rigor in their work. It includes updates of the well-loved checklists from the original and also tackles new and pressing topics such as prevention and delayed outcomes.
Other areas covered:
• Universal concepts for translating any funder’s application guidelines
• The 8 components of a logical case for support, how they fit together and why they must
• How to develop meaningful outcomes
• How to develop a simple, useful program evaluation plan by answering 8 essential questions
• Anatomy of the budget
• Understanding varied matching fund requirements
• Adapting the basic model to develop proposals for arts & culture, capacity building, capital projects, general operations, planning, and research
The vision and voice of the classic publication is enriched with updated and expanded material for the newest generation of grant developers. It covers everything you need to know to create effective programs and competitive grant proposals in today’s sophisticated nonprofit sector.
Top Customer Reviews
This book is a must-have for anyone wanting to learn how to write professional non-profit grant proposals. But also, it is helpful for those of us who need to refresh our knowledge now-and-again. Author Norton J. Kiritz provides numerous examples of "real" grant text from non-profit organizations representing many areas of service, from health to the environment. The text examples are especially welcome to new grant writers, as they help shed light on the difference between poorly and strongly constructed arguments.
Kiritz takes the reader through well-documented stages of developing a grant proposal. Included are how to create an executive summary, how an organization should introduce itself, how to present the problem the non-profit seeks to address, how to discuss proposed outcomes, and how to explain the methods to be used to get the job done. Evaluating the proposed project is covered, as is how to talk about life beyond the grant (future support). One of my favorite sections concerns different types of budgets and the anatomy of each (including non-cash and other kinds of contributions non-profit organizations might include).
Last but not least, proposal formatting guidance is shared - hard copy and electronic. Norton also provides excellent guidance about how to handle and address full approval of a grant, partial funding of a proposal, or rejection (as the case may be). "Grantsmanship: Program Planning & Proposal Writing" is clearly written, well designed, and its logic is impeccable. I recommend it highly.