9780321160072

Grant Seeking in an Electronic Age (Part of the Allyn & Bacon Series in Technical Communication)

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    9780321160072

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    032116007X

  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 11/25/2003
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Summary

This guide teaches students and professionals a systematic process for researching, designing, writing, and submitting successful grant-seeking proposals. #xA0; Focusing on proposals submitted for government, foundation, and corporation funding, Grant Seeking in an Electronic Ageleads the reader through a six-step grant-seeking process, from researching potential funders, to designing, writing and submitting a proposal that follows the funder's guidelines. Grounded in theory, but rooted in successful practice, it teaches students what really works#x13; a third of students who submit proposals based on this text's approach get funded within a year.The text's guided discovery process provides a useful framework for novice writers while its thinking-planning exercises offer useful ways of organizing information and discovering what still need to be researched.

Table of Contents

Foreword xvii
Preface xix
Introduction 1(12)
Audiences for Grant Seeking in an Electronic Age
3(1)
The Grant-Seeking Process
3(4)
The Proposal-Writing Process
7(1)
Distinguishing Features of Grant Seeking in an Electronic Age
8(3)
The Effectiveness of Our Approach
11(2)
PART I DESCRIBING THE PROBLEM IN CONTEXT 13(60)
CHAPTER 1 Strategic Planning and Audience Analysis
15(18)
Learner Outcomes
15(1)
What Makes Your Organization Unique?
16(4)
Mission
17(1)
Strategies
17(1)
Budgets
18(1)
Control
19(1)
Strategic Planning as a Tool for Audience Analysis
20(7)
The Strategic Planning Exercise
22(5)
Questions for Review and Discussion
27(1)
Summary
27(1)
Writing Assignment for Chapter 1
28(5)
CHAPTER 2 Writing the Need Statement
33(19)
Learner Outcomes
33(1)
What Is a Proposal?
33(2)
Describing Problems
35(1)
Writing the Need Statement
36(9)
Description of the Problem
38(2)
Rhetorical Appeals
40(2)
Your Solution to the Problem
42(1)
Stating Your Instrumental Purpose
43(2)
Sample Need Statement
45(1)
Questions for Review and Discussion
46(1)
Writing Your Need Statement
46(2)
Thinking It Through
46(1)
Mapping Out a Plan
47(1)
Summary
48(3)
Writing Assignment for Chapter 2
51(1)
Questions for Review and Discussion
51(1)
CHAPTER 3 Researching Your Need Statement on the Web
52(21)
Learner Outcomes
52(1)
Where Are Statistical Data on the Internet?
52(6)
Identifying Keywords
53(3)
Using Search Engines
56(2)
Basic Search Strategies
58(2)
Narrowing Your Search
58(1)
Broadening Your Search
59(1)
Working with URLs
59(1)
Sample Web Searches for Statistical Data
60(10)
Sample Web Search on Restoring Historical Murals
60(4)
Sample Web Search on Preventing Child Abuse In the Hispanic Community
64(6)
Summary
70(1)
Writing Assignment for Chapter 3
70(3)
PART II IDENTIFYING SPONSORS AND FINDING A MATCH 73(60)
CHAPTER 4 Finding Funding Sources Using Library Resources
75(26)
Learner Outcomes
75(1)
What Are the Different Types of Sponsors?
75(9)
Government Funding Sources
79(2)
Foundation Funding Sources
81(3)
Locating and Identifying Potential Sponsors
84(6)
Conducting Your Own Search for Sponsors
90(7)
Sample Search for ESL Curriculum Development
92(3)
Sample Search for Radio K Technology Upgrade
95(2)
How to Interpret an RFP/RFA or Program Announcement
97(1)
A Note on Ethics
98(1)
Summary
99(1)
Writing Assignment for Chapter 4
100(1)
CHAPTER 5 Finding Funding Sources on the Web
101(32)
Learner Outcomes
101(1)
How Do You Search for Funding Sources Online?
102(5)
Incomplete Information
102(1)
Information Overload
103(1)
Sample Search for Dissertation Funding
104(3)
Online Government Funding Sources
107(10)
Federal Government Portals
108(5)
Government Agency Sites
113(2)
Online Publications
115(2)
Online Foundation Websites
117(8)
The Foundation Center Website
117(2)
Sample Foundation Websites
119(6)
Useful Databases
125(2)
Listservs
127(1)
Resources Summary
128(1)
Summary
128(1)
Writing Assignment for Chapter 5
128(1)
Strategies for Finding Sponsor Websites
128(5)
PART III GETTING BUY IN 133(66)
CHAPTER 6 Writing the Letter of Intent and Preproposal
135(35)
Learner Outcomes
135(1)
Where Do You Find Additional Information About Sponsors?
136(3)
Making Initial Contact with Sponsors
139(2)
Gathering Information on Small and Medium-Sized Foundations
141(1)
The Letter of Intent
142(15)
Questions for Review and Discussion
143(2)
Guidelines for Writing the Letter of Intent
145(6)
Sample Letters of Intent
151(1)
Questions for Review and Discussion
152(5)
The Preproposal
157(9)
Guidelines for Writing the Preproposal
158(2)
Questions for Review and Discussion
160(6)
Summary
166(1)
Writing Assignment for Chapter 6
166(4)
CHAPTER 7 Advance Planning
170(29)
Learner Outcomes
170(1)
What Is Strategic Organizational Communication?
170(2)
The Proposal Development Team
172(5)
The Lead Writer
173(2)
The Accountant
175(1)
The Team Secretary
175(2)
The Need for Advance Planning
177(1)
Advance Planning Questions
177(2)
Building Support and Getting Buy-In
179(1)
What Are the Resources That You Already Have That Could Be Diverted to This Project?
180(1)
Describe the Resources You Would Still Need to Implement Your Idea and Write the Proposal
181(1)
Questions to Ask and Answer About Your Idea
182(1)
Building Support
183(2)
Steps for Implementation
185(1)
Advance Planning Exercise
185(7)
Summary
192(1)
Writing Assignment for Chapter 7
192(7)
PART IV DESIGNING, WRITING, AND REVISING THE PROPOSAL 199(118)
CHAPTER 8 Drafting the Proposal Narrative
201(27)
Learner Outcomes
201(1)
What Are the Sections in a Proposal?
201(4)
Sample Proposal for Business Plan Training
205(6)
Questions for Review and Discussion
206(5)
Types of Awards
211(1)
Proposal Logic
212(2)
Writing the Project Description
214(2)
Describing Your Solution to the Problem
216(7)
Goals
216(1)
Objectives
217(4)
Tasks and Activities
221(2)
Exercise on Goals, Objectives, and Tasks
223(1)
Questions for Review and Discussion
224(1)
Summary
224(1)
Writing Assignment for Chapter 8
225(3)
CHAPTER 9 Using Software Tools to Enhance Your Proposal
228(23)
Learner Outcomes
228(1)
What Are the Differences Between Goals, Objectives, and Tasks?
229(11)
Cause Mapping Exercise
230(5)
Identifying Relationships Between Tasks
235(1)
Adding Predecessors and Resources
236(4)
Project Management Concepts
240(8)
Creating Your Project Time Line
240(3)
Identifying Project Resources
243(1)
Project Management Software Example
244(2)
Linking Times and Tasks to Resources
246(2)
Summary
248(1)
Writing Assignment for Chapter 9
248(3)
CHAPTER 10 Designing the Monitoring and Reporting Plans
251(17)
Learner Outcomes
251(1)
How Important Are Monitoring and Reporting to Evaluation?
251(2)
For Whom Do You Evaluate?
253(3)
Formative Evaluation
254(2)
Summative Evaluation
256(1)
Monitoring and Evaluation
256(7)
Designing Monitoring and Reporting Plans
257(1)
Sample Monitoring and Reporting Plans
258(2)
Expected and Unexpected Project Outcomes
260(1)
Frequency of Reports
261(2)
Summary
263(1)
Writing Assignment for Chapter 10
263(5)
CHAPTER 11 Drafting the Evaluation, Dissemination, and Sustainability Sections
268(22)
Learner Outcomes
268(1)
How Do You Turn Objectives into Outcomes?
269(9)
Questions for Review and Discussion
272(1)
Restating Your Objectives as Outcomes
272(6)
The Relationship of Outcomes to Goals
278(1)
Dissemination of Project Results
278(2)
Questions for Review and Discussion
279(1)
Building Sustainability into Your Project
280(7)
Financial Sustainability
281(1)
Managerial Sustainability
281(1)
Social Sustainability
282(1)
Technical Sustainability
282(1)
Environmental Sustainability
283(1)
Questions for Review and Discussion
284(3)
Summary
287(1)
Writing Assignment for Chapter 11
287(3)
CHAPTER 12 Preparing the Proposal Budget
290(27)
Learner Outcomes
290(1)
How Do You Prepare a Proposal Budget?
290(3)
Communicate with the Sponsor
291(1)
Budget the Whole Project
292(1)
Research Your Costs
292(1)
Expect the Unexpected
293(1)
Calculating Your Direct Costs
293(5)
Calculating Personnel Costs
294(1)
Identifying Nonpersonnel Costs
294(4)
Considerations in Preparing Your Budget
298(5)
Determining Your Cost Sharing Options
298(2)
Calculating Your Indirect Costs
300(1)
Creating a Budget Narrative
301(1)
Completing the Sponsor's Budget Pages
302(1)
Preparing Your Own Project Budget
303(13)
Sample Budget Preparation for Business Plan Training
305(2)
Sample Budget Preparation for Clothing for Kids
307(9)
Summary
316(1)
Writing Assignment for Chapter 12
316(1)
PART V PREPARING THE FRONT AND BACK MATTER 317(56)
CHAPTER 13 Preparing the Organizational Information
319(23)
Learner Outcomes
319(1)
How Do You Gain the Sponsor's Trust?
319(9)
Playing to Your Strengths
320(1)
Assessing the Sponsor's Needs
321(1)
Shifting Perspectives
322(6)
Gathering Information from Government Agencies
328(1)
Determining Your Competitive Advantage
329(2)
Questions for Review and Discussion
331(1)
Elements In the Organizational Information Section
331(8)
Questions for Review and Discussion
339(1)
Summary
339(1)
Writing Assignment for Chapter 13
340(2)
CHAPTER 14 Writing the Cover Letter, Executive Summary, and Abstract
342(19)
Learner Outcomes
342(1)
How Do You Introduce Your Proposal to the Sponsor?
342(3)
Common Rhetorical Elements
343(2)
The Cover Letter
345(6)
The Cover Letter as a Letter of Transmittal
346(5)
The Executive Summary
351(1)
The Abstract
352(8)
Summary
360(1)
Writing Assignment for Chapter 14
360(1)
CHAPTER 15 Preparing the Appendices
361(12)
Learner Outcomes
361(1)
What Goes into the Appendices?
361(10)
Appendices as Reference Tools
362(2)
Appendices as Influencers
364(4)
Appendices as a Show of Commitment and Support
368(3)
Summary
371(1)
Writing Assignment for Chapter 15
371(2)
PART VI FINAL CHECKS AND AFTERTHOUGHTS 373(48)
CHAPTER 16 Putting the Proposal Package Together
375(20)
Learner Outcomes
375(1)
How Do You Follow the Sponsor's Guidelines Effectively?
375(13)
Interpreting the Minnesota Common Grant Application Form
376(11)
No Proposal Preparation Guidelines from the Sponsor
387(1)
Complying with the Sponsor's Document Design Specifications
388(6)
Designing a Document Template
388(4)
Tracking Changes from Multiple Readers
392(1)
Creating Custom Dictionaries
393(1)
Summary
394(1)
Writing Assignment for Chapter 16
394(1)
CHAPTER 17 Preparing for the Review Panel
395(16)
Learner Outcomes
395(1)
How Do Evaluation Criteria Help You Write a Better Proposal?
395(3)
Examples of Review Processes
398(8)
Independent Foundation Review Processes
399(1)
Corporate Foundation Review Processes
400(1)
Nonprofit Sponsor's Review Processes
401(1)
Government Agency Review Processes
401(5)
Requesting Reviewers' Comments
406(1)
Participating In a Review Panel
407(2)
Summary
409(1)
Writing Assignment for Chapter 17
409(2)
CHAPTER 18 Responding to the Sponsor's Decision
411(10)
Learner Outcomes
411(1)
What Happens If the Sponsor Says "Yes"?
411(5)
Accepting the Award
412(1)
Negotiating the Award
412(1)
Requesting Feedback from the Sponsor
413(1)
Developing and Maintaining the Relationship
414(2)
What Happens If the Sponsor Says "No"?
416(1)
Summary
417(4)
APPENDIX A List of Foundation Center Cooperating Collections In U.S. Libraries 421(8)
APPENDIX B Sample RFP from the U.S. Department of Labor for a Youth Development Practitioner Apprenticeship Initiative 429(15)
APPENDIX C General Mills Foundation Information from the Foundation 1000 Directory 444(7)
APPENDIX D USDA Scoresheet for Reviewers 451(3)
APPENDIX E Sample Proposal; Clothing for Kids 454(11)
Glossary 465(12)
Bibliography 477(6)
Credits 483(2)
Index 485

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