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The Only Grant-Writing Book You'll Ever Need Paperback – April 8, 2014
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The book includes a proposal checklist, a glossary of terms, sample grant forms, and a list of Web sites that provide information on grants offered by foundations, corporations, and the government.”
Chronicle of Philanthropy
Karsh and Fox provide 18 highly readable lessons in how to write a grant and what to do once you get one Bottom line: A fine and easy-to-use self-tutorial.”
David Loertscher, Teacher Librarian Magazine
About the Author
Arlen Sue Fox was director of research, planning, and evaluation for the New York City Commission on Human Rights for ten years and consultant to nonprofit organizations, from small grassroots groups to national organizations including AARP, for twelve years. Recently retired from a position as executive director for development at Sunnyside Community Services, she is currently writing and editing. Fox lives in New York City.
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I've gotten numerous research grants for hundreds of millions of dollars for organizations like preptorial dot org, as well as dissertation and science nonprofits, researchers and authors. CRC offers a similar title as this one for almost 10 times the cost, which isn't nearly as practical or complete, and missing this text's fine new feature of actual q and a with grant givers.
That said, I'm hoping you know that the old saying "It's not what you know, it's who you know" applies in spades to grants. The best grants are all about networking and quiet sponsorship. Some are political. No surprise? I've never found ONE that works coming in "cold" regardless of how well written, and never seen ONE that has failed with proper networking and sponsorship, regardless of how poorly written.
This is like submitting a manuscript: you CANNOT get discouraged and you have to keep trying. Sadly, it also has little to do, at first, with the quality of your idea or proposal. My son (an MD/PhD) had a wonderful idea in Pediatrics that would save thousands of lives, which went nowhere, until he got a "big name" co-sponsor on the app. I don't want to sound cynical, but I also don't want you to think you just buy a text, no matter how good, and bam, money rolls in. Most importantly DO NOT get discouraged at a LOT of rejection, DO network, and DO ask those who say no if they know anyone who might be interested!
DO use the generous "look inside" feature from Amazon, the authors and publishers to check this out to see if it's right for you before buying. I truly believe that folks who offer look inside are ethical, proud of their work, and want buyers to be happy with their choice, wish more would do it!
With this book, with networking, and with persistence and patience, you WILL get it done!
Most remarkably, the material is presented in a jaunty style which belies the notion that grant-writing (or -reading) has to be an onerous or dryasdust task. "Realty checks" may spare you the agony of wondering whether your proposal dropped into a black hole. You can't write a successful grant proposal without inhabiting the mind of a grantmaker, and even failed proposals can fuel you for the next, successful foray.
I wouldn't dream of attempting another grant without this book at my side. Buy it!