Book Preview: Grant Writing for the Novice
A grant writer is full of curiosity, willing to go to any length to ferret out information on funders to find the right match for his organization, writes Waddy Thompson, director of external affairs for the New York Foundation for the Arts and author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide® To Grant Writing.”
Thompson draws on his experience at NYFA, where he oversees all fundraising activities from individuals, foundations, corporations and government sources, bringing in $5 million annually, as well as his days as a grant writer for Poets & Writers, Second Stage Theatre and the Whitney Museum of American Art, to deliver the latest easy-to-digest tome from Complete Idiot’s Guide®.
The book covers each step of the grant-writing process, including how to determine eligibility for receiving grants; finding government, corporate and foundation donors; narrowing the search for available prospects; conducting the necessary research to attract the donor’s attention; creating a budget; writing a compelling proposal and soliciting feedback; and tips on writing proposals for specific foundations.
The book, which is best suited for individuals who are new to writing grant proposals, contains a CD-ROM loaded with sample applications, proposals and follow-up letters.
(Alpha Books, $24.95. For more information, click here.)