The Only Grant-Writing Book You'll Ever Need

The Only Grant-Writing Book You'll Ever Need

by Ellen Karsh, Arlen Sue Fox

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A revised and updated edition of the essential guide to grant-writing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465058921
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 04/08/2014
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 216,567
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ellen Karsh was the director of the New York City's Mayor's Office of Grants Administration for more than seven years under both Mayor Giuliani and Mayor Bloomberg, and previously developed and wrote grants for the New York City Department of Education for five years. She received her doctorate in special education from Teachers College, Columbia University and has written for Newsweek and the New York Times, among other publications. She lives in New York City.

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Fourth Edition xi

Roundtable; Grantsmanship and the Economy xix

Part I Prerequisites

Lesson 1 Who Am I? (and What in the World Do I Want to Do?) 5

Lesson 2 Wait a Second-What Is a Grant … and Where Do I Get One? 15

Lesson 3 Making (Dollars and) Sense of Grant-Application Packages: What Grantmakers Want 39

Lesson 4 Getting Ready to Write a Grant Proposal 59

If You're a Not-for-profit Organization 60

If You're a Government Agency or School District 68

If You're an Individual Grant Seeker 74

Lesson 5 Intangibles: Things They Never Tell You (About Proposal Writing) 79

Funders Roundtable I 95

Part II It's Finally Time to Write the Proposal

Lesson 6 Writing (Proposals) with Style: 12 Basic Rules 119

Lesson 7 Identifying and Documenting the Need: What Problem Will a Grant Fix? 137

Lesson 8 Goals and Objectives: What Do You Hope to Achieve if You Get the Money? 157

Lesson 9 Developing and Presenting a Winning Program 167

Lesson 10 Finding Partners and Building Coalitions (The MOUs That Roared) 179

Lesson 11 The Evaluation Plan: How Can You Be Sure if Your Program Worked? 189

Lesson 12 The Budget: How Much Will It Cost … and Is the Cost Reasonable? 199

Lesson 13 Sustainability: How Will You Continue the Program When the Grant Funds Run Out?(and You'd Better Not Say, "I Won't.'") 213

Lesson 14 Capacity: Proving That You Can Get the Job Done 221

Lesson 15 Front and Back: The Cover Page or Cover Letter, the Abstract, the Table of Contents, and the Appendix 229

Funders Roundtable II 243

Part III And After the Proposal…

Lesson 16 The Site Visit-Playing Host 271

Lesson 17 So Now You Know-What Next? 277

Funders Roundtable III 289


Appendix 1 50 Tips for Improving Your Chances of Winning a Grant 299

Appendix 2 Proposal Checklist 305

Appendix 3 Glossary 307

Appendix 4 Sample Grant Forms 323

Washington (D-C.) Area Common Grant Application Form 323

Appendix 4 Sample Grant Forms 323

Federal Cover Page, Form ED 424,328

Sample Cover Letter 332

Sample Letter of Inquiry (LOI) 333

Sample Abstract 335

Appendix 5 Representative List of Community Foundations 337

Appendix 6 Websites 353

Appendix 7 Answers to Pop Quizzes 373

Acknowledgments 387

About the Authors 389

Index 391

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bluejens234 More than 1 year ago
This is a great reference book for any grantwriter to have. The book is clear and offers many tips and suggestions for writing a successful grant. It would be a great addition to a nonprofit agency's library for a reference tool, and for anybody wanting to learn about how to write a successful grant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book because it was the most popular purchase. But then I purchased it for the wrong reason.  I am college educated and have written many research papers. My impression of the writer of this book is they are an English Major trying to write instruction and technical information. Which does not mix.  They presented very long winded information that was duplicated over and over within the book. I have never read so many examples that do not get into the nuts and bolts of the actual writing a grant request.  The writer put extra effort into telling what you are going to read in another lesson. When you arrive to page 118, they use the whole page to explain what again is cover in the next group of lessons. Then once you arrive in that lesson, they will say “what we said in lesson.” By the time I got to page 121, I stopped reading and started skimming for actual grant write instruction. Since the writer was so focus on giving you example of what someone else did and it did not work. I would suggest that you to the last 50 pages of the book to start reading, at some point they do provide an example of an actual completed grant application. I will never purchase another book written by Ellen Karsh or Arlen Sue Fox.
PeggyH60 More than 1 year ago
Highly organized, timely, up-to-date and easy to understand
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RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
Veteran grant writers and nonprofit funding development specialists Ellen Karsh and Arlen Sue Fox again combine their vast experience in this updated third edition of their best-selling handbook for preparing successful grant proposals to foundations and government agencies. Whether you are a veteran grant writer or whether you are new to grantsmanship, you are sure to learn fresh strategies and effective techniques for presenting solid, well-designed proposals. Full of information, explanations, practical advice and examples, the book provides an appendix featuring 50 useful tips, a proposal checklist, a glossary, sample grant forms, a state-by-state directory of community foundations and a list of important websites. The book also presents a revealing “Funders’ Roundtable” of grant makers discussing the effects of the 2008 economic recession. getAbstract recommends that serious grant writers – and those who aspire to be – keep a copy within reach at all times.
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