Do you have big dreams, a small budget and zero time? Feel overwhelmed by exhaustive manuals on grant writing?
We scour the field for promising resources to share and we’ve felt the same way, even with excellent books. Five Days to Foundation Grants changes all that. The title might sound too good to be true but this program actually delivers on its promises. You can read it in just an hour or two and get clear, actionable advice on what to do and how to do it, step-by-step. And you really can be ready to produce and deliver a very competitive grant proposal if you drill down and focus on completing the actions the book prescribes day by day over just a five day period.
Author Pamela Grow has worked as both a grant-maker and fundraiser and she shares her secrets from the inside. Dispelling common myths about foundation funding, she tailors her advice specifically for the all too often cash-strapped charitable organization. In addition to the steps for each day she also provides two bonus documents you will find invaluable in your pursuit of more time and more foundation funding.
Yes, according to the author, you really can write a great grant proposal in five days. She breaks down her book accordingly, with a module presented around a single key topic each day. Each one is loaded with tips and techniques that only an insider would know. They are sure to make your job easier and your grant application more compelling. Here is a brief summary of each module:
Day 1: covers The Key to Funded Grant Proposals… Research! What to research, where and how in the shortest possible time. Includes information on free tools!
Day Two: Let’s Get Organized… Establish Your Grant Drawer. Know what information you will need again and again, where best to find it, and how to keep it current and accessible.
Day Three: Assemble Your Testimonials: Don’t have any? Don’t worry—the book provides great tips which are easy to implement to build your supply of compelling testimonials.
Day Four: Discover Your Organization’s USP. This chapter alone is worth the price of the system. Learn how to identify and communicate what differentiates your organization and what will make your story compelling to a grant-maker.
Day Five: Begin Writing! For some this is the most intimidating part of all but the author makes it easy. in this module you'll discover specifically what to send to which grant-maker. The author clearly defines the Letter of Intent, Short Proposal and Full Proposal and details the necessary elements of each. She also includes sample writings to guide you. Better yet, the Bonus Grant Proposal Toolkit that comes with the book provides many samples from programs that were actually funded. Use these as your models and borrow verbiage where appropriate to produce your own winning proposals fast!
Whether you are an experienced grant-writer or are lucky enough to find this resource before you write your first one, you and your organization will benefit from this very affordable system:
p.s. Did you know that every declined grant proposal is actually an opportunity? Have you ever had a proposal declined when you knew you were a perfect match for the grant-maker's vision and goals? Five Days to Foundation Grants lets you see “behind the curtain” at grant-making foundations so you can learn the secrets to writing funded grant proposals!