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Grant and Proposal Writing

Grant and Proposal Writing

Thousands of grants are available every year from a variety of sources, but for those who have never written a grant proposal, the process can seem overwhelming. The staff members of the Business Library have compiled a list of resources comprised of books, articles and web resources which provide in depth recommendations for successful proposal writing.

Grant Connect (Online)
Grant Connect is an online database containing updated information on over 2,200 Canadian grant-making foundations. Together these foundations hold assets of almost $12 billion and award grants with a total value of over $1 billion. In addition, it includes over 150 American foundations with a history of granting in Canada, and over 500 partial records which most of are either dissolved foundations or foundations that restrict their giving to a few specified charities. For additional information, see our brief webpage about the database.

Books on Proposal Writing

Library Subject Headings:

For an up-to-date list of books, search the library catalogue using the SUBJECTs:

Fund raising.
Nonprofit organizations - Finance.
Proposal writing for grants.
Research grants.

Recommended Books:

Bauer, David G. The "How To" Grants Manual: Successful Grantseeking Techniques for Obtaining Public and Private Grants (HG177.B38 2007)

Carlson, Mim and Tori O'Neal McElrath. Winning Grants Step-by-Step: The Complete Workbook for Planning, Developing, and Writing Successful Proposals (HF177.C374 2008)

Faruqi, Saadia. Best Practices in Grant Seeking: Beyond the Proposal (HG177.5.U6F374 2011)

Freed, Richard et al. Writing Winning Business Proposals (HF5718.5.F74 2011)

Golden, Susan L. Secrets of Successful Grantsmanship: A Guerrilla Guide to Raising Money (HG177.G65 1997)

Hagley, Tom. Writing Winning Proposals (HD59.H214 2006)

Hall, Jeremy. Grant management : funding for public and nonprofit programs (HG177.H355 2010)

Johnson-Sheehan, Richard. Writing Proposals (HF5718.5.J64 2008)

Karsh, Ellen and Sue Fox. The Only Grant Writing Book You'll Ever Need: Top Grant Writers and Grant Givers Share Their Secrets (HG177.5.U6K37 2006)

Koch, Deborah. How to Say It : Grantwriting (HG177.K63 2009)

Mann, Valerie. Getting your share of the pie: the complete guide to finding grants (Online, 2010)

Orlich, Donald. Designing successful grant proposals (Online, 2002)

Sternberg, Robert.  Writing Successful Grant Proposals From the Top Down and Bottom Up (Q180.55.P7W75 2014)

Ward, Deborah. Effective grants management (HG177.W367 2010)

Wason, Sara. Webster's New World Grant Writing Handbook (HG177.W37 2004)

The Grant Giver's Perspective

Canadian International Development Agency. Development Information Program: Criteria for Evaluating Proposals. (HUR REF NO LOAN HG177.5.C3D4)

Karsh, Ellen and Sue Fox. The Only Grant Writing Book You'll Ever Need: Top Grant Writers and Grant Givers Share Their Secrets. (HG177.5.U6K37 2006)

Improving the quality of grant proposals -- a grantmaker's perspective
Armanda Famiglietti. SRA Journal. Chicago: Winter 1997. Vol. 29, Iss. 3/4; p. 21

Inside the Mind of a Grant Reader
Carol A Kerney.Technology & Learning. Dayton: Jun 2005. Vol. 25, Iss. 11; p. 62

What Do Grant Reviewers Really Want, Anyway?
Robert Porter, Virginia Tech. Journal of Research Administration. 2005. Vol. 36, Iss. 2 p.5

What Grantmakers Want Applicants to Know - Guidestar


Electronic access to the complete text of the articles is only available to members of the Western/Ivey community. Log in for Off-Campus Access on the Western Libraries right-navigation bar.

An Evidence-Based Guide to Writing Grant Proposals for Clinical Research
Sharon K Inouye, David A Fiellin. Annals of Internal Medicine. Philadelphia: Feb 15, 2005. Vol. 142, Iss. 4; p. 274 (9 pages)

Brevity, Clarity, Honesty
Robinson, Andy. Foundation News & Commentary. Washington: May/Jun 1996. Vol. 37, Iss. 3; p. 38

Get that Grant: Before and After Pointers
Gwen Solomon. Technology & Learning. Dayton: Jun 2002. Vol. 22, Iss. 11; p. 50

Grant Writing
Rosa Aronson. Leadership for Student Activities (NASC Edition). Reston: Nov 2005. Vol. 34, Iss. 3; p. 29

Grant Writing 101
Susan Reese. Techniques. Alexandria: Apr 2005. Vol. 80, Iss. 4; p. 24

How to Write Winning Proposals: KISS (keep it simple, sweetie)
Anonymous. Nonprofit World. Madison: Sep/Oct 1996. Vol. 14, Iss. 5; p. 54

Seven Deadly Grant-Writing Sins
Katie Krueger. Nonprofit World. Madison: Nov/Dec 2009. Vol. 27, Iss. 6; p. 8

Steering your Way to a Winning Grant Proposal
Cheryl C New, James A Quick.Technology & Learning. Dayton: Jun 1999. Vol. 19, Iss. 10; p. 6

The Buck Starts Here
Karen M Markin. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Washington: Feb 25, 2005. Vol. 51, Iss. 25; p. C.1

Two Keys to Successful Grant Proposals
Dirk Remley. Nonprofit World. Madison: May/Jun 1997. Vol. 15, Iss. 3; p. 9

Words Worth Their Weight in Cash
Markin, Karen. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Washington: Apr 8, 2005. Vol. 51, Iss. 31; p. C.2

Links to Online Resources