How to Say It: Grantwriting
Write Proposals That Grantmakers Want to Fund
ISBN 9780735204454 | 288 pages | 06 Oct 2009 | Prentice Hall Press | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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A guide to writing grant proposals tailored specifically to a donor’s interests, complete with step-by-step instructions and samples of winning proposals."Above all, Koch is aware of the importance of using language well. If the proposals that come from her readers are as clear, lively, and readable as the book itself, funders may even come to enjoy reviewing proposals."
In grant- seeking, words can go where the applicant can’t—the foundation boardroom, the corporation’s headquarters—so it’s important to use them as the strategic, powerful tools that they are. This book shows readers how to find, frame, and use words effectively to make the case for any organization and its projects.
Readers are provided the tools for crafting a grant proposal that speaks directly to the funder’s interests. Grant-seekers will learn:
• How to find out which funders fit their project exactly
• Strategies for figuring out what each grant-maker is looking for
• Critical tips for crafting attention-grabbing proposals
Koch shows readers how to write with a point of view that is geared to the funder’s interests and goals, while remaining true to the project. Packed with examples of winning proposals, and strategies for using words to inspire and convince, this is the must-have resource for any grant-seeker hoping to stand apart from the crowd.
-Benjamin R. Shute Jr., Program Director of Democratic Practice and Corporate Secretary Emeritus of Rockefeller Brothers Fund
"Ms. Koch outlines in clear, simple English the strategies for writing a great proposal. Nothing will guarantee funding but a well-crafted, strategic, and well- researched grant proposal is certainly the first critical step."
-Ali Webb, Deputy Director of W.K. Kellogg Foundation
"Much of the success between funders and grantees rests on successful communication. Following Koch's proposal guidance would put this important relationship on a solid footing from the very beginning."
-Len Finocchio, Senior Program Officer of California HealthCare Foundation
"Like a good proposal, Deborah Koch's book is well constructed and written in a way that speaks to its audience. It completely demystifies the proposal-writing process and deconstructs it in an easy to understand way. This book is an excellent resource that guides writers through the process of composing a proposal so that it clearly and persuasively conveys the importance of the project and the organization's ability to carry it out. Even as a seasoned grantwriter I found this book to be fresh, insightful and very useful."
-Margaret Arthurs, Director of Corporate, Foundation, and GOvernment Relations of Hartwick College
"This is the most helpful and logical guide on grantwriting that I have seen in my long career of doing biomedical research. Ms. Koch has clearly 'been there and done that', and knows how to convey her superb skills to others in a truly captivating manner. This book can lead grant aspirants out of the confusion generated by a thicket of Grantwriting manuals on the bookshelves and toward a new state of clarity. Her straightforward advice will help readers get their good ideas funded and make a positive difference in their field."
-Ronald Newbower, PhD, Co-founder and CTO of the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT) and Former Senior Vice President for Research at Massachusetts General Hospital
"How to Say It: Grantwriting promises to be an essential resource to grantseekers who are looking for help with the fundamentals of developing a grant proposal. Koch walks through the basics of proposal preparation and provides lots of helpful hints and numerous examples to help the novice grantwriter understand what it takes to write a successful proposal. Koch's book will find a spot on my bookshelf!"
-Sally S. Tremaine, Director of Academic and Government Grants for Quinnipiac University
"If you need an ally in your quest for real substance from the myriad 'how-to' books available on proposal writing, seek no further! Experienced grantseekers and newcomers to the profession alike will find in Deborah Koch a kindred spirit and capable mentor. The authoritative-and yet altogether accessible, sound and practical-advice of Deborah Koch in How to Say It: Grantwriting will win you over to the cause of mastery in the craft of grantsmanship, and will win funders over to your cause!"
-Claire Calabretta, Associate Director of Institutional Advancement for Mystic Seaport
"Koch distills decades of grantwriting experience into a volume full of practical and thoughtful advice. She makes a compelling case for how good, purposeful writing leads to good work and the grant money to support it."
-Dee Davis, President of Center for Rural Strategies
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