Creating Winning Grant Proposals: A Step-by-Step Guide

Creating Winning Grant Proposals: A Step-by-Step Guide

by Anne L. Rothstein EdD


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Providing clear-cut steps for producing each section of a competitive grant proposal, this hands-on book is filled with examples from actual RFPs and proposals, practical tools, and writing tips. Prominent educator and successful proposal writer Anne L. Rothstein shares a systematic process created over decades of experience in the field. She details how to: achieve group consensus around a project; identify likely funding sources; establish need; develop objectives; assemble a Master Project Table and other needed tables, figures, and charts; create an effective logic model; prepare an evaluation; put together a budget; tailor the proposal to meet the requirements of funders; and avoid common errors. Purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print the book's 14 reproducible templates in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781462539086
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 05/02/2019
Pages: 302
Sales rank: 793,775
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Anne L. Rothstein, EdD, is Professor in the Department of Early Childhood and Childhood Education at Lehman College of the City University of New York. During her more than 50 years at Lehman, she has served as Department Chair, Associate Dean of Professional Studies, and Associate Provost for Sponsored Program Research. Since 1985, Dr. Rothstein has written over 400 grant proposals and received more than 300 grant awards. She has also directed many grant-funded programs for K–12 students and teachers and for college students. Her current research interests focus on college access and readiness, the impact of college readiness program dosage on student success, high school graduation and college enrollment, and the role of college student support in increasing 4-year graduation rates.

Table of Contents

I. Preparing for the Proposal
1. The Process Approach: How and Why
2. Elements of the Planning Process
3. Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Approaches
4. Broadening, then Focusing Your Project
5. Finding Funding
II. Elements of the Proposal
6. The Master Table and Creating Subtables
7. Narrative Summary of Proposal Elements
8. Preparing the Abstract and Introduction
9. An In-Depth Look at Logic Models
10. Establishing Need for the Project
11. Project Goals and Objectives
12. Plan of Operation
13. Evaluation
14. Budget and Budget Narrative
III. Additional Considerations
15. Dissemination, Sustainability, and Significance
16. Addressing Invitational and Competitive Priorities
17. Guide to Proposal Review and Scoring
18. Next Steps
Practice Exercises


Graduate students, professors, and research practitioners in applied program areas such as education, psychology, social work, health administration, and family and human services; grant writers and development directors in nonprofit organizations. May serve as a core book for the graduate grant writing course or as a supplement in the master’s thesis and dissertation courses.

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