Table of Contents for Grant Writing for Dummies


Introduction 1(6)
Conventions Used in This Book
2(1)
What You're Not to Read
2(1)
Foolish Assumptions
3(1)
How This Book Is Organized
3(2)
Part I Starting Line Basics for Grant Seekers
3(1)
Part II Cultivating Your Grant Prospects
4(1)
Part III Increasing Your Odds of Winning Grants during Dire Times
4(1)
Part IV Writing Winning Proposals
4(1)
Part V Wrapping Up the Submission and Following Up
5(1)
Part VI The Part of Tens
5(1)
The CD-ROM
5(1)
Icons Used in This Book
5(1)
Where to Go from Here
6(1)
Part I Starting Line Basics for Grant Seekers
7(48)
Chapter 1 Grasping the Nuts and Bolts of Grant Writing
9(16)
Getting the Lowdown on Grant Basics
10(3)
Grants, grantees, grantors, and more: Defining common terms
10(1)
Outlining the pieces of a grant application
11(1)
Determining who can apply for a grant
12(1)
Knowing Why You Need a Plan
13(1)
Investigating Different Grant Types
13(3)
Connecting to Public Sector Grants
16(1)
Federal funding: Tapping into congressionally allocated dollars
16(1)
State and local government funding: Seeking public dollars closer to home
16(1)
Picking Up On Private Sector Grants
17(1)
Perusing foundations that award grants
17(1)
Scoping out corporations that award grants
18(1)
Understanding What Goes into a Traditional Hard-Copy Submission
18(4)
Looking at the feds' application guidelines
19(1)
Getting your request in the door at foundations
19(2)
Knowing how and when to ask for funds from corporations
21(1)
Submitting your hard-copy request
21(1)
Checking All Requirements for E-Grant Submission
22(1)
Yes, No, Maybe: Tracking Submissions and Their Statuses
22(1)
Jumping for Joy or Starting All Over?
23(2)
Chapter 2 Drawing Up Your Road Map to Getting the Bucks
25(18)
Creating a Funding Plan to Guide Your Grant-Seeking Process
25(5)
Mapping out a strategy for grant seeking
26(1)
Starting the plan development process with your stakeholders
27(2)
Structuring your plan to fit immediate and long-range funding needs
29(1)
Cruising through the Funding Plan's Development
30(5)
Stating your mission statement
30(1)
Assessing all funding needs
31(2)
Creating funding-related goals
33(1)
Writing funding objectives
33(1)
Fleshing out the action plan
34(1)
Determining whether you've met your funding plan's objectives
34(1)
Maximizing Your Chances for Success
35(8)
Looking at obvious and not-so-obvious sources
35(3)
Opening the door with a letter of inquiry
38(4)
Receiving full grant invites from multiple funders
42(1)
Chapter 3 Getting Ready to Write: Knowing What Funders Want
43(12)
Giving Funders the Details They Expect
43(10)
Providing facts about your organization
44(3)
Writing about the project in need of funding
47(2)
Bringing the facts to life through storytelling
49(4)
Submitting Attachments to Your Funding Request
53(2)
Part II Cuttivatinq Your Grant Prospects
55(54)
Chapter 4 Dipping Your Toes into Government Grants
57(14)
Finding Money in Your Backyard: Calling State and Local Agencies
57(3)
Searching among state agencies
58(1)
Looking at local opportunities
59(1)
Classifying Types of Federal Grants
60(3)
Considering the pros and cons of direct grants and cooperative agreements
60(1)
Addressing the advantages and disadvantages of pass-through grants
61(1)
Distinguishing between competitive and formula grants
62(1)
Perusing the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
63(3)
Knowing what info the CFDA provides
64(2)
Knowing what info the CDFA leaves out
66(1)
Getting Familiar with Grants.gov
66(5)
Getting elected officials on your side
68(3)
Chapter 5 Wading Through Federal E-Grant Websites
71(12)
Navigating the Grants.gov Home Page
71(3)
Acclimating yourself to Grants.gov
72(1)
Exploring the links
73(1)
Registering to Apply for Grants on Grants.gov
74(2)
Registering as an organization
74(2)
Downloading and Uploading Applications on Grants.gov
76(1)
Getting Familiar with Federal Grant Application Forms
77(6)
Budget information forms: SF-424A
78(2)
Assurances form: SF 424B
80(1)
Disclosure of lobbying activity form: SF-LLL
81(2)
Chapter 6 Navigating Foundation and Corporate Funding Websites
83(12)
Getting in the Door with Private Sector Funders
83(2)
Wading Through the Best and the Rest of Private Funders
85(6)
Checking out the Foundation Center's funding resources
86(4)
Accessing other online funding source databases
90(1)
Scanning a Funder's Criteria
91(2)
Prioritizing Your Funding Sources
93(2)
Chapter 7 Searching Out Grants for Individuals and Businesses
95(8)
Knowing Who Awards Grants to Individuals
95(2)
Locating Credible Grants for Your Business Start-Up
97(4)
Pitting your business plan against others for private funding
97(1)
Asking Uncle Sam to fund your business
97(4)
Seeking Business Expansion Monies
101(2)
Looking into federal expansion funding
101(1)
Tracking down other business expansion funding opportunities
101(2)
Chapter 8 Investigating International Funders
103(6)
Ensuring You're Eligible for International Grants
103(1)
Identifying International Funders
104(3)
The European Foundation Centre
105(1)
Imagine Canada
105(1)
Other web-based international funding resources
106(1)
Playing by International Rules
107(2)
Knowing about submission differences
107(1)
Submitting a source-relevant budget
108(1)
Part III Increasing Your Odds of Winning Grants during Dire Times
109(40)
Chapter 9 Identifying the Best Government Grant Opportunities for Your Agency
111(12)
Reviewing a Federal Grant-Funding Announcement
112(6)
Determining your grant applicant eligibility
112(3)
Looking for red or green flags to make a "go" or "no-go" decision
115(1)
Familiarizing yourself with standard terminology
116(2)
Examining the Review Criteria Section
118(1)
Finding the Right Partners
119(4)
Seeing the value of working with collaborative partners
119(2)
Squaring away your arrangement
121(2)
Chapter 10 Playing by the Rules to Win Points
123(16)
Passing the Technical Review
124(1)
Seeing What Goes into a Peer Review
125(3)
Using the points to outline your writing
126(2)
Winning extra points by meeting the funding priority
128(1)
Writing What Reviewers Want to Read and Fund
128(5)
Selling with demographics and case studies
129(1)
Using the guidelines to shape your content
130(1)
Showing how you'll measure the program's accountability
131(1)
Spotlighting your organization's abilities
131(1)
Supporting your budget request
132(1)
Researching Your Topic
133(2)
Gathering facts and ideas from government and nonprofit agencies
133(1)
Using public access information to your advantage
134(1)
Enlisting Third-Party Evaluators
135(1)
Getting the Inside Scoop by Becoming a Peer Reviewer
136(3)
Chapter 11 Using Telling and Selling Words to Write a Compelling Application
139(10)
Infusing Creativity into Your Application
139(4)
Step 1 Describe who, what, and where
140(1)
Step 2 Explain the problem
141(1)
Step 3 Use a thesaurus
142(1)
Using Proven Techniques in Your Application
143(3)
Utilizing groups of three
143(1)
Demonstrating soft cash assets
144(1)
Making a point with emotion
144(1)
Keeping the reader on track
145(1)
Winning the Grant-Seeking Game with a Dynamic Program Design
146(3)
Start with power-packed words to describe your program
146(1)
Strengthen your case with solid goalsand measurable objectives
147(1)
Close the deal by focusing on the future
147(2)
Part IV Writing Winning Proposals
149(92)
Chapter 12 Crafting the Supporting Documents
151(18)
First Things First: Previewing Preliminary Documents
151(1)
Capturing Attention in the Cover Letter
152(3)
Filling in Common Application Forms
155(1)
Completing the Federal Cover Form (SF-424)
156(7)
Getting to the Point in the Abstract or Executive Summary
163(2)
Developing the Table of Contents
165(4)
Chapter 13 Conveying Your Capabilities
169(10)
Reviewing the Funding Source's Writing Instructions
170(1)
Presenting Your Organization's Background and Successes
170(3)
Detailing the basic facts
171(1)
Moving on to milestones
171(1)
Modifying your approach for government grants
172(1)
Describing Your Programs and Activities
173(1)
Introducing Your Target Population
174(2)
Using Partners to Boost Your Credibility
176(3)
Chapter 14 Stating Your Needs: Relating Your Best Worst
179(10)
Bringing the Problem to Life with the Statement of Need
180(4)
Researching like a pro
180(1)
Incorporating compelling tidbits
181(1)
Adding a comprehensive case study
182(2)
Incorporating Visuals into the Statement of Need
184(5)
Edging the competition by adding graphics
185(1)
Making the most of visual elements
186(3)
Chapter 15 Presenting the Big Picture: Program Design and Accountability
189(20)
Identifying the Pieces of the Program Design
189(1)
Reminding the Granting Agency Why You Need Its Money
190(1)
Crafting Forward-Thinking Goals and Measurable Objectives
191(6)
Reviewing the difference between goals and objectives
191(1)
Writing goals that grant makers want to fund
192(2)
Familiarizing yourself with the three types of objectives
194(3)
Preparing the Implementation Plan That Spans the Grant-Funding Period
197(2)
Using a Logic Model to Tell the Complete Story
199(2)
Creating a Program Design-Driven Evaluation Plan
201(8)
Writing an award-winning evaluation plan
201(3)
Keeping the evaluation process in-house
204(1)
Going the third-party evaluation route
205(2)
Delivering the evaluation plan to win the funder's trust
207(2)
Chapter 16 Outlining Your Staff and Resource Availability
209(12)
Assigning Project Personnel
209(2)
Writing the Personnel Narrative
211(4)
The basic profile
212(1)
The profile with page limitations
213(1)
The profile for personnel that won't be paid by grant funds
213(2)
Acknowledging Accountability and Responsibility
215(2)
Sharing the management plan
215(1)
Owning up to your fiscal responsibility
216(1)
Drawing Attention to Cash and In-Kind Resources for Government Grants
217(2)
Demonstrating Federal Compliance in Personnel Selection
219(2)
Chapter 17 Building the Budget for the Program Design
221(20)
Examining the Basic Budget Sections
221(12)
Personnel
223(1)
Travel
224(2)
Equipment
226(1)
Supplies
227(1)
Contractual
228(1)
Construction
229(1)
Other
229(2)
Distinguishing between direct and indirect costs
231(1)
Entire budget summary
232(1)
Uncovering Matching Funds
233(3)
In-kind (soft cash)
234(1)
Cash match (hard matching funds)
235(1)
Crunching the Numbers Ethically
236(2)
Compiling accurate cost figures
236(1)
Including all possible program income
237(1)
Managing expenditures
238(1)
Projecting Multiyear Costs
238(1)
Building Credibility When You're a New Nonprofit
239(2)
Part V Wrapping. Up the Submission and Fottouring Up
241(42)
Chapter 18 Finalizing Your Application
243(12)
Making a List and Checking It Twice
243(5)
Cover materials
244(1)
Organization background and capability
244(1)
Statement of the problem
245(1)
Program design ingredients
246(1)
Evaluation and dissemination
246(1)
Key personnel, resources, and your equity statement
247(1)
Budget summary and detail
247(1)
Avoiding Easily Fixable Mistakes
248(1)
Getting Attachments in the Right Order
249(3)
Grant applicant capability-related documents
250(1)
Financial documents
251(1)
Other supporting documentation
252(1)
Submitting Your Application Correctly
252(3)
Paying attention to submission protocol
252(1)
Mailing applications the right way
253(1)
Pushing Submit without panicking
254(1)
Chapter 19 Staying Organized in Your Application Follow-Up
255(10)
Maintaining Copies of Electronic Files
255(1)
Keeping Stakeholders in the Loop
256(2)
Sharing how far you've come and what's next
257(1)
Providing your partners with additional information
257(1)
Checking on the Status of Your Submitted Application
258(7)
Following through with government grant requests
258(2)
Tracking the follow-up process for foundation and corporate grant requests
260(5)
Chapter 20 Keeping the Ball Rolling, Win or Lose
265(10)
When You Hit the Jackpot: Dealing with the Post-Award Process
265(5)
Officially accepting the award
266(1)
Drafting a resolution
267(1)
Managing the implementation process of the grant award
267(1)
Referring to post-award guidelines for help with financial reporting
268(2)
An Abundance of Riches: Holding On to Multiple Awards
270(1)
Flying Even When You Fail to Obtain Funding
271(4)
Reviewing comments when your government application is rejected
271(1)
Getting the most from failed government funding requests
272(1)
Making magic with failed foundation or corporate funding requests
273(2)
Chapter 21 Reaching Out to Corporations for Cash and Donations
275(8)
Knowing What Corporations Want to Fund
275(1)
Researching Your Funding Request Targets
276(2)
Winning with the Corporate Letter Format
278(4)
Following Up with Potential Corporate Funders
282(1)
Part IV The Part of Tens
283(12)
Chapter 22 Ten Tips for Weathering Hard Times
285(6)
Join Forces to Apply for Grant Funding
285(1)
Social Networking Is the Key to Survival
286(1)
Connect with Other Grant Professionals
287(1)
Promote Your Organization
287(1)
Avoid Tunnel Vision
288(1)
Stay on Top of Deadlines
288(1)
Sustain, Sustain, Sustain!
288(1)
Perfect a New Skill
289(1)
Leave Your Comfort Zone
289(1)
Brand Yourself for Life
290(1)
Chapter 23 Ten Tips for Increasing Your Chances of Receiving Funding
291(4)
Sleep, Eat, and Breathe Due Dates
291(1)
Know the Number of Grants Awarded
291(1)
Getting a Handle on the Previous Types of Grantees
292(1)
Scout Out the Geographic Locations of Previous Grantees
292(1)
Match Your Request to the Award Range
292(1)
Make Your Background and Capabilities Count
293(1)
Include Informative Graphics
293(1)
Maximize Your Partnerships
293(1)
Pay Attention to Politics
294(1)
Keep in Contact with Funders
294(1)
Appendix A A Complete Example of a Grant Application Narrative
295(10)
Appendix B About the CD
305(6)
System Requirements
305(1)
Using the CD
306(1)
What You'll Find on the CD
306(3)
Software
306(1)
Author-created material
307(2)
Troubleshooting
309(2)
Index 311