Grant Seeking in an Electronic Age (Part of the Allyn & Bacon Series in Technical Communication) / Edition 1 available in Paperback
This guide teaches students and professionals a systematic process for researching, designing, writing, and submitting successful grant-seeking proposals.
Focusing on proposals submitted for government, foundation, and corporation funding, Grant Seeking in an Electronic Age leads the reader through a six-step grant-seeking process, from researching potential funders, to designing, writing and submitting a proposal that follows the funder's guidelines. Grounded in theory, but rooted in successful practice, it teaches students what really works–a third of students who submit proposals based on this text's approach get funded within a year. The text's guided discovery process provides a useful framework for novice writers while its thinking-planning exercises offer useful ways of organizing information and discovering what still need to be researched.
Table of ContentsEach chapter begins with “Overview” and “Learner Outcomes,” and concludes with “Summary,” and “Writing Assignments.”
I. DESCRIBING THE PROBLEM IN CONTEXT.
1. Strategic Planning and Audience Analysis.
What makes your organization unique?
Strategic planning as a tool for audience analysis
2. Writing the Need Statement.
What is a proposal?
Writing the need statement.
Sample need statement.
Writing your need statement.
3. Researching Your Need Statement on the Web.
Where is statistical data on the Web?
Basic search strategies.
Sample Web searches for statistical data.
II. IDENTIFYING SPONSORS AND FINDING A MATCH.
4. Finding Funding Sources Using Library Resources.
What are the different types of sponsors?
Locating and identifying potential sponsors.
Conducting your own search for sponsors.
How to interpret an RFP/RFA or program announcement.
A note on ethics.
5. Finding Funding Sources on the Web.
How do you search for funding sources online?
Online government websites.
Online foundation Web sites.
III. GETTING BUY-IN.
6. Writing the Letter of Intent and Pre-Proposal.
Where do you find additional information about sponsors?
Making initial contact with sponsors.
Gathering information on small and medium-size sponsors.
The letter of intent.
7. Advance Planning.
What is strategic organizational communication?
The proposal development team.
The need for advance planning.
IV. DESIGNING, WRITING AND REVISING THE PROPOSAL.
8. Drafting the Proposal Narrative.
What are the sections in a proposal?
Writing the project description.
Describing the solution to the problem.
Exercise on goals, objectives, and tasks.