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The Only Grant-Writing Book You'll Ever Need: Top Grant Writers and Grant Givers Share Their Secrets

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This is the revised and expanded edition of the most sought-after guide for everyone seeking grants: nonprofits, state and local governments, universities, school administrators, teachers, artists, and those seeking funds for scholarly and cultural enterprises. Written by two authors who have won millions of dollars in grants -- and updated to include vital information and ...more
Paperback, 413 pages
Published April 17th 2006 by Carroll & Graf Publishers (first published June 19th 2003)
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May 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
There's some irony to the fact that I tell people to buy 'The Only Grant Writng Book You'll Ever Need"--and another grant writing book (Carlson's 'Grant Writing Step By Step). Carlson is the outline, the book you read cover to cover. Karch and Fox are thorough, covering nearly every possible grant writing scenario. Writing a services grant for a mid size non profit to a Federal funding agency? They deal with that; ditto for an equipment grant on behalf of a small non profit and addressed to a pr ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The somewhat bombastic title nearly scared me off, but I actually quite enjoyed this one. I found it practical and well-written. I'm just dipping my toe into the subject so I am not sure how someone with more experience would feel. But as a newbie, I feel much more equipped. ...more
Lisa  Carlson
Sep 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those interested in starting a non-profit
Recommended to Lisa by: The library
Shelves: how-to
Thinking of starting a non-profit? This book is a great resource for those interested in beginning the process of asking for grant money. It defines what is necessary, the mistakes others have made in applying for grant money and been denied. There is a substantial index in the back of the book listing helpful information by state. The book does not give examples of grant applications because every organizations who gives grants has their own application process and requirements. If you can read ...more
Dec 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: practical-skills
This had a lot of great information about how grant makers decide how to allocated funds and how to put a proposal together. I would have liked a little more info on how to present the organization's current financial situation and also on targeting inquiries. However, although I think the title is hyperbole, it's a very useful book. ...more
Rachel Holtzclaw
Mar 07, 2016 rated it liked it
this title may be misleading based on the book list i have for this class
Oct 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grant writers
This was a valuable read and I wish I would have read it over a year ago. A lot of this stuff for me was now review, but still gleaned valuable insight and good reminders (like always read the directions thoroughly and make sure a foundation is a good fit for you).

The Funder's roundtables were rather insightful.

I read this 2008 version (written during the great recession) in 2020 and felt there were parts equally relevant to the current recession we are undergoing due to the economic implicati
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a great guide to preparing to write a grant. There’s so much information to take in and this book captures it all. Definitely, recommend for individuals looking to learn about the grant process. The only thing missing in my opinion was an example of a winning proposal. It would have been helpful to see an in-book critique of a grant proposal since we are talking about winning proposals.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Clearly written and well-organized. The title may be gimmicky, but this really does seem to be a comprehensive discussion of and resource on a complex topic. Highly recommend to anyone seeking understanding of how the world of grants works.
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you write grants, this is a must read. It's tips and suggestions helped me write two successful grants in the past three years. Great book, easy to ready and understand. ...more
Ralph Cooper
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good refresher on grant process and a good set of pet peeve reminders on the value of following application guidelines / checklists ... and doing peer reviews.
Daniel Rosehill
Apr 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Turgid but informative. However, strongly oriented towards a US-based audience and of comparatively little value for international grant-writers.
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is one of the more insightful grant books out there, and it actually goes beyond the basics. I would recommend this for experienced grant writers as well as newbies. They provide a good mix of their own advice, as well as sections on feedback directly from funders. It's also one of the few grant books that covers both government and foundation funders in a meaningful way (i.e., not being too general about either). ...more
Melisa Blankenship
This is a very practical book with rules and tips on successful grant writing. There are sections in each chapter where they give quotes from actual grant givers describing what they're looking for in a proposal. The book covers all of the mechanics and explains why the didn't parts of the grant proposal are important. It's easy to read and the chapters are organized with sub-headings that allow you to look to the sections that are most relevant to your organization first. ...more
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is best for someone just starting out as a grant-writer; it even gives enough basic information for someone looking to fund a new organization (although you probably also need to read some books on grant-seeking as well). For experienced grant-writers the three "funders roundtable" sections might be interesting. I like that each chapter is called a lesson and there's a "quiz" at the end of each--an attempt to help readers be engaged in learning the material.

Vincent Chough
Dec 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very, very complete and insightful. I read this while directing a small NGO and can say with confidence that this is the "bible" for beginner and experienced grant writers alike. Easy to read - not so easy to implement, but that´s not the book´s fault. Also provides the "insider" info all grant-seekers should know about. Do your homework, read this book. ...more
Michelle Carter
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
While this book was very informative, I wish there had been more information on small family foundations and the types of requirements for their grants. As for large government grantors and cooperate grants, this is the only grant writing book I think I'll need...even though I may need to update my current edition to the newest one. ...more
Sep 16, 2007 rated it liked it
I'm sorry to report that this book did not lead me by the hand to a huge grant for making art with beads. Or even one enabling me to loll around reading books all day. It was quite informative and clearly written, however, and I gained a fair bit of understanding of the grant process. ...more
Brandon Fryman
Dec 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Super easy and fast read. Great bulletpoins! This is the only Gran Writin book that you need. They go over a ton of does and donts. I thought that grant writing was easy, but there are alot of steps that you dont know when you first start out. They give examples, which was very helpful.
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
I received this book at a grant writing workship and found it quite helpful. It has templates and examples of the materials needed for writing a grant. This is a professional book with a ractical approach to the topic.
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owner-library
Used this when I was in a class that required we write a grant. Logical and readable advice--I earned an A on my paper--more to the point, my boss used my paper to earn a grant for my library department.
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great deal of information with regard to grant writing. Found that it didn't quite fit my personal situation, but that's no fault of the book's. Recommend, even to simply skim through for valuable key points. ...more
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a grant writer and reviewer, I thought this was very useful for a cheap paperback. For most organizations it can pay for itself a thousand-fold. It contains lots of tips that grant-writers do frequently ignore at their own peril.
May 10, 2007 rated it liked it
hah. for work. if you ever need to write a grant though, it does a decent job in taking you through the process.
Jan 29, 2009 rated it it was ok
This book would be 'good' for someone who has absolutely no experience with writing program grants. Simple, easy to use, easy to read. ...more
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This would be a great intro for someone unfamiliar with grant writing but I personally didn't find it very beneficial. ...more
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book has many detailed guides on grant writing but could've been written in a more engaging manner. In short, a good first book for anyone seeking grants. ...more
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: grant-writing
I highly recommend this for anyone looking into a prospective career as a grant writer. It was very-in-depth with many helpful hints on how to write the best grants.
Jan 07, 2015 rated it liked it
I seriously doubt this is the only grant writing book I’ll ever need, but it did cover most of the important topics.
Gayle E
This book is easy to read. It's redundant at times but at least that helps the info stick more! Worth the read if you're thinking of grant writing! ...more
A simple & easy to read entry point into the wonderful world of grant writing.
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