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Proposal Writing
Effective Grantsmanship for Funding

Sixth Edition


January 2022 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The updated Sixth Edition of the best-selling Proposal Writing: Effective Grantsmanship for Funding offers a fresh, robust presentation of the basics of program design and proposal writing for community services funding. Authors Soraya M. Coley, Cynthia A. Scheinberg, and new co-author Yulia A. Levites Strekalova help readers develop the knowledge they need to understand community agencies, identify and describe community needs, identify funding sources, develop a viable program evaluation, prepare a simple line-item budget, and write a compelling need statement. The jargon-free, step-by-step presentation makes the book as useful to students in the university classroom as to first-time grant writers in the nonprofit setting. The new edition adds activities that can be done individually or in class to build students' skills and apply the chapter material.
 
Preface
 
About the Authors
 
Chapter 1: An Orientation to Proposal Writing
A Book for the Beginning Grant Writer

 
A Brief History of Giving and Philanthropy

 
Differences Between Grants and Contracts

 
Definition of a Proposal

 
Request for Proposals (RFP)

 
Key Points for Chapter 1

 
Chapter 1 Activities

 
 
Chapter 2: Understanding the Nonprofit Agency
About the Nonprofit

 
Mission-Driven Analysis of the Agency/Organization

 
Organizational Capacity

 
Key Points for Chapter 2

 
Chapter 2 Activities

 
 
Chapter 3: Finding and Applying for Funding
Finding Funding

 
The Federal Government

 
The State and Local Government

 
Foundations and Corporate Giving

 
Crowdsourced Funding

 
Search and Review

 
Is This Information for Real?

 
Key Points for Chapter 3

 
Chapter 3 Activity

 
 
Chapter 4: The Proposal Overview
The Components of a Proposal

 
Proposal Submission and Scoring Process

 
Key Points for Chapter 4

 
Chapter 4 Activities

 
 
Chapter 5: Logistics and Basics of Writing the Proposal
The Nuts and Bolts of Writing a Proposal

 
Writing for an Established versus New Organization

 
Writing a Proposal for a Collaborative

 
Writing Style and Format

 
Using Audio/Visual Media

 
Key Points for Chapter 5

 
Chapter 5 Activities

 
 
Chapter 6: Design the Program
Understand the Community Through Data

 
Formulating Program Ideas

 
Key Points for Chapter 6

 
Chapter 6 Activities

 
 
Chapter 7: Program Objectives and Evaluation
Evaluation

 
Four Steps to Preparing the Objectives and Evaluation Plan

 
A Logic Model

 
Writing the Evaluation Section

 
Ethical Considerations

 
Key Points for Chapter 7

 
Chapter 7 Activity

 
 
Chapter 8: Writing the Need or Problem Statement
The Aim of the Need/Problem Statement

 
A Guide to Writing the Need Statement

 
Theory of Change

 
Key Points for Chapter 8

 
Chapter 8 Activities

 
 
Chapter 9: Program Description
Implementation Plan

 
The Project Narrative

 
Project Timeline

 
Scope of Work Forms

 
Key Points for Chapter 9

 
Chapter 9 Activities

 
 
Chapter 10: Creating the Budget and Budget Justification
The Budget Context

 
Preparation of a Line-Item Budget

 
Other Types of Budgets

 
Other Budgeting Issues

 
Key Points for Chapter 10

 
Chapter 10 Activities

 
 
Chapter 11: Other Proposal Components and Finishing Touches
Project Abstract

 
Agency Capability Statement

 
Sustainability Statement

 
Letters of Support

 
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

 
Finishing Touches

 
Key Points for Chapter 11

 
Chapter 11 Activities

 
 
Appendix A • Estimating Time
 
Appendix B • Funding Resource Information
 
Appendix C • Budget
 
Appendix D • Additional Information
 
Appendix E • Proposal Sections
 
Appendix F • Handout Materials
 
References and Suggested Readings

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