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I'll Grant You That: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Funds, Designing Winning Projects, and Writing Powerful Grant Proposals / Edition 1

I'll Grant You That: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Funds, Designing Winning Projects, and Writing Powerful Grant Proposals / Edition 1

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Need money to expand your program, train your staff, or create your project? Be assured, the money is out there. All you need to know is where the grant makers are, what they're looking for, and how to produce it. I'll Grant You That provides all three, presenting a complete course on obtaining grants.

Part book, part CD-ROM, I'll Grant You That is an all-in-one resource for finding funds, designing winning projects, and writing powerful proposals. The book itself offers everything you need to write a successful proposal. Not only does it walk you step by step through the process, it provides a series of workshops in those areas you might need a little help, including writing, organizing, presenting, and being creative. On the CD-ROM, you'll find annotated sample grants that explain what works-and what doesn't-in writing a winning grant, links to a host of Internet resources for grants and grant writing, and self-assessment tools to help you write the best grant possible.

Burke and Prater's own efforts have led not only to millions of dollars, but, more important, to improved education for their students, better communities, and richer professional lives. With I'll Grant You That, the authors grant you the same.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780325001975
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 04/20/2000
Series: Step-By-Step Guide to Finding Funds, Designing Winning Proje
Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 5 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jim Burke is the author of numerous bestselling Heinemann titles, including the English Teacher's Companion, Fourth Edition and What's the Big Idea? The question he's always tried to answer is "How can we teach our students better?" He seeks these answers daily through his work in his own classroom at Burlingame High School in California where he still teaches after twenty years. Facing the same constraints and challenges as every other teacher, Jim shares his creative solutions in bestselling professional titles with Heinemann such as Reading Reminders and Writing Reminders as well as through Heinemann Professional Development Services. As part of his commitment to helping teachers and learning how to use the latest technologies, he founded the English Companion Ning, described by Education Week as "the world's largest English department" and winner of several Edublog Awards for Best Social Network for Education. In addition to the EC Ning, Jim offers a steady stream of recommended resources through his website ( and Twitter (@englishcomp) where he is ranked in the top 100 educators to follow at the top within the online English teacher community. Jim serves on several national commissions related to adolescent literacy and standards, including the Advanced Placement English Literature and Language Course and Exam Review Commission with the College Board and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) where he serves on the Content Technical Working Group, which advises PARCC on the national assessments being developed for the Common Core State Standards. In addition, he is a senior author on the Holt McDougal Harcourt Literature series. Jim has received numerous awards, including the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award, the NCTE Conference on English Leadership Award, and the California Reading Association Hall of Fame Award. He served on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Committee on Adolescence and Young Adulthood English Language Arts Standards. Through his work in the class and on such commissions, Jim Burke seeks not only to clarify but reimagine what English should be, honoring the past even as he works with others to create the future of the discipline he loves so much. Visit his website ( for more information.

In addition to teaching music at Crystal Springs Upland School and Burlingame Elementary School, Carol Ann Prater has spent the past fifteen years as Director of Special Projects/Grants and in that capacity, as well as her role as site administrator for different enrichment programs, she has secured tens of millions of dollars in grant funds. Carol also trains educators across the country in the art of proposal writing, helping them win millions of dollars in state, federal, and foundations grants.

Table of Contents

1. Conduct a Strategic Assessment

Explore the Philanthropic Network

Seek Support for Your Proposal

Choose Grants That Match Your Needs and Values

Review the Grant Application Packet

Write a Concept Paper, a Letter of Inquiry, or a Letter of Intent to Apply

Write the Introduction

Identify, Validate, and Align Your Project Needs and Benefits

Define and Align Your Goals and Objectives

Describe Your Methods, Activities, Management Plan, and Timeline

Create Your Evaluation Plan and Assessment Tools

Develop and Justify the Budget

Write the Abstract, Overview, or Summary

Assemble the Necessary Attachments and Appendices

Revise, Refine, Complete, and Submit Your Application

Wrapping Up: What to Do After You Submit

Workshop 1: Writing with Power

Workshop 2: Designing Winning Documents

Workshop 3: Organizing for Success

Workshop 4: Running Effective Meetings

Workshop 5: Giving Dynamic Presentations

Workshop 6: Making Room for Creativity

Workshop 7: Managing the Change Process: Planning, Implementing, Sustaining


A. Works Cited

B. Glossary of Useful Terms

C. Sample National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Proposal

D. Sample Letter Proposal for Textbooks

E. Sample Sabbatical Proposal

F. The Ultimate Source for Help and Information: The Foundation Center

G. List of Examples in the Book

H. Sample Winning Proposal: The Apple Technology Grant

Sample Concept Paper: Summer Academic Program

J. Sample Letter Proposal

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