This book is an essential weapon for anyone looking for funding in the extremely competitive grantseeking world. It explains how and why to approach both public and private sponsors with not just information, but persuasion, for the best chance for success.
How do you present the right balance of logic, emotion, and relationship-awareness to make a persuasive proposal? What is THE most important thing to do before submitting a proposal to increase your odds for funding success? What portion of the proposal must be stressed even when it has a low point value assigned to it in the reviewer's evaluation form? How can a site visit make or break the fate of a meticulously prepared application?
Models of Proposal Planning & Writing: Second Edition answers all these critical questions and more for grantseekers, documenting how to write a proposal that will persuade a sponsor to invest in your projects and organization—and just as importantly, explaining why a properly persuasive application puts forth a seamless argument that stands the test of reason, addresses psychological concerns, and connects your project to the values of the sponsor. The book's comprehensive annotations provide practical information that walks readers step-by-step through a logical, integrated process of planning and writing persuasive proposals.
• Provides a detailed discussion of pre-proposal contacts that identifies the questions that help to qualify potential funding sources and enable readers to fine-tune proposals so they more closely match sponsors' logical and psychological needs, priorities, and "hot buttons"
• Supplies comprehensive analyses of the key features that made successful proposals persuasive, including verbatim reviewer comments and sponsor grant award notification letters
• Incorporates new content and features in this updated edition, such as model proposals covering a broader range of health, education, and social service topics; easier-to-read annotations; expanded information on budgets and budget narratives; and a logic model that can be adapted for project-planning purposes
• An essential resource for anyone seeking funding for economic development (e.g., city planning, land use, urban revitalization); education, such as for libraries, day care programs, public and private schools, and colleges and universities; first responder services; government agencies; health care; philanthropic organizations; social services; fine or performing arts; and religious or other special interest groups
About the Author
Jeremy T. Miner, MA, is president of Miner and Associates, Inc., a consulting firm that provides grantseeking and fundraising services to nonprofit organizations.
Kelly Ball-Stahl, PhD, is senior grants specialist at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, WI.
What People are Saying About This
"This latest edition of Models of Proposal Planning & Writing provides insight into what reviewers value and has practical suggestions to increase an applicant's chance of being awarded grant funding. Jeremy Miner's and Kelly Bal-Stahl's formidable experience writing successful grants informs every page and reminds us to 'go big or go home!' The small investments of money (to purchase this resource) and time (to read through the book) will have considerable returns. Every academic library should purchase this book!"
"Reading Models of Proposal Planning & Writing is the next best thing to soliciting grant advice directly from the authors. Through real life examples and comprehensive annotations, the authors explain the what, how, and why of effective grant writing."
"Through extensive and forceful samples, Models of Proposal Planning & Writing teaches an important lesson: proposals do not need to be perfect to attract funding; they must be persuasive."