The First-Time Grantwriter's Guide to Success

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Corwin Press, Apr 10, 2002 - Education - 137 pages
In any organization that is alive with creative ideas, funding is a constant problem. Finding ways to support new programmes without cutting back on existing services can seem impossible to school districts whose budgets tighten annually. Therefore, finding a resource for funding outside of limited budgets is crucial; grants can provide that resource. Grant money is available for just about anything, if you know where to look and how to write the proposal. The First-Time Grantwriter′s Guide to Success is a broadly applicable book that can be used by anyone assembling any grant proposal. While the book focuses on US Department of Education grants, it examines the common selection criteria applied by the majority of governmental departments, and includes portions of actual grant applications as examples.

The First-Time Grantwriter′s Guide to Success is a complete reference to grant funding. The book includes multiple examples, as well as first hand experiences, failures, and successes. The author Cynthia Knowles provides readers with detailed information to navigate the process, from research, to writing, to submitting the final proposal. She includes a complete glossary of statute terms, forms and figures to assist readers in organization and planning, and a list of alternative grantwriting resources.

 

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Contents

Wheres the Money?
3
1 Primary Sources of Funding Information
6
4 Private Corporate and Foundation Funding
12
A First Look at the Application Package
15
Write to Your Audience
29
1 Technical Review Form
30
Establishing Need
35
Goals and Objectives
43
1 Proposed Staff Distribution
60
Budget Development
65
Evaluation Plan
75
1 Data Collection Timeline
78
Commitment and Capacity
87
1 Sample Table of Contents
92
Checklist
98
Writing an Abstract
108

1 Process Objectives Grid
44
Plan of Operation
49
1 Project Workplan
52
Budget Form ED524 Section B
121
Index
135
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About the author (2002)

Cynthia R. Knowles works nationally helping schools, agencies, and businesses maximize the effectiveness of their prevention programs through student and employee training, curriculum review, data analysis, awareness education, and program evaluation. She works as the Health and Wellness Coordinator at Livonia Central School, Livonia, New York; as a lecturer at the State University of New York at Geneseo; as a supervisor of student teachers in health education at the State University of New York at Cortland; and as a professional ski instructor. Previously she has been the Director of Rehabilitation for a 135-bed homeless shelter, a psychotherapist for adolescents and their families, and a regional coordinator for the Safe and Drug Free Schools grant program. Through articles and training seminars, she advocates for truth, accuracy, and youth involvement in the field of violence and substance abuse. She teaches participants to question their sources and to validate all information before passing it on. Her politics are simple: She believes that all of us—parents, teachers, and neighbors—have the ability to change the world significantly through our interactions with youth. She believes in prayer and miracles but is still slightly superstitious and overinsured. Cynthia welcomes your feedback, especially your experiences, challenges, insights, and successes with using this book for program evaluation.

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