MA in International Education

Guides to Writing Grants

Guides to Writing Grants

The Individual's Guide to Grants, Judith B. Margolin (New York and London: Plenum Press, 1983). This comprehensive guide to grant-seeking directs the individual through the necessary steps to build a proposal, make it marketable, and present it imaginatively to likely donors. Of particular relevance is a section that describes how to find facts and figures about government, corporate, and private funders. It reveals how to successfully seek and secure grants that are specific to one's particular interests and outlines the components of a successful proposal. The author is the former director of the Foundation Center Library.

Grant Proposals that Succeeded, Virginia White (New York: Plenum Press). This compendium provides examples of grant applications that have resulted in funding for the applicant. In doing so, it includes: three research proposals, three training applications, three art applications, one humanities proposal, and one response to a request for a proposal. The grant-making process is highlighted in several applications. These include short histories of the negotiations that took place before the final preparation of the application.

Proposal Writer's Swipe File, Susan Ezell Kalish, et. al. (Washington, DC: Taft Corporation). This publication includes copies of 15 sample proposals from a variety of groups and organizations in the areas of environment, education, social issues, community development, and the arts.

Writing a Successful Grant Applications, Liane Reif-Lehrer (Boston, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers). This 100-page book outlines the steps necessary for planning, preparing, and writing a good grant proposal. In addition, it gives specific examples of completed proposals. The author stresses that a successful written application must convince its readers that the research plan is well thought out and that attainment of the research goals is almost a certainty