Summary of The Only Grant-Writing Book You'll Ever Need

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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.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What funders do and don’t want to see in grant proposals
  • How to develop and present your application in the most favorable light
  • How the current economic recession affects the US grant environment


An Altered Grant Funding Landscape
For many years, the grant funding process was fairly predictable. But in 2008, the recession in the US and worldwide complicated matters for grant makers and grant seekers. In these difficult economic times, funding is limited, and funders are reallocating...
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About the Authors

Ellen Karsh developed and wrote foundation and government grant proposals for New York City. Arlen Sue Fox has extensive experience in grant writing, program planning, evaluation and consulting.

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