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Proposal Writing

Proposal Writing
Effective Grantsmanship for Funding

Sixth Edition

May 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.
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

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

Proposal writing is a night mare for some students. This year i used it for the student to adopt tactics for proposal writing and this book helped a lot.

Dr Quazi Zaman
Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & Built Environment , Robert Gordon University
February 21, 2022

I used the 5th edition of this book previously and it was always regarded as one of the most useful resources. I am looking forward to using the updated edition.

Dr Rachel Casiday
Health, Samford University
May 18, 2022

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