Proposal Writing Bibliography

Proposal Writing Bibliography

The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing
4th Edition
The new edition of our best-selling Guide delivers comprehensive instruction on both the basics and the finer points of this crucial skill. Based on a new set of interviews with grantmakers, the Guide provides insight into the current grant decision-making process. Author Jane Geever, who has been creating successful proposals for over 30 years, guides you through the entire process, from pre-proposal planning to the writing itself, to the essential post-grant follow-up. The volume features: Pre-Proposal Planning Tips — Learn to determine when your nonprofit is ready to raise funds and how to define your project for prospective funders. Sample Proposals — New excerpts from actual proposals — cover letters, project descriptions, budgets, and more — provide you with models of well-constructed grant proposals that have won foundation support. Grantmaker Guidance — The new edition reflects surprising findings from an in-depth survey of 40 grantmakers. You'll hear candid, targeted answers to questions on preferred proposal formats, follow-up strategies, how to re-submit a rejected request, and more.

Applying for Research Funding: Getting Started and Getting Funded.
By Joanne B. Ries and Carl G. Leukefeld. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1995. 256 p. Exceptionally thorough details on the process of obtaining research funding. Written especially to "provide guidance for the new investigator and others interested in competing for grant and contract funds." Covers the proposal in depth, including how to provide all research details as well as supporting details, timeframe considerations, suggestions for writing competitively, how to check for infractions, accounting for the reviewer's perspective, and more.

Complete Book of Model Fund-Raising Letters.
By Roland Kuniholm. Paramus, NJ: Prentice Hall, l995
Contains 350 samples and excerpts of fund-raising letters of various types. Includes letters for new donor acquisition, soliciting repeat gifts, and specialty letters such as referrals, volunteer solicitation, and contribution acknowledgment.

The Complete Guide to Getting a Grant.
By Laurie Blum. Rev. ed. New York: John Wiley & Sons, l996. 368 p. A comprehensive overview of grant writing, from idea to completed proposal. Offers down-to-earth advice such as how to work with sponsors and granting institutions, where to seek help, what resources to check, and solid guidelines to follow in writing proposals.

Finding Funding: Grantwriting and Project Management from Start to Finish.
By Ernest W. Brewer, Charles M. Achilles, and Jay R. Fuhriman. 2d ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, l995. An excellent work on applying for federal funding in particular. Explains the proposal's components, how it is reviewed and finally implemented.

Foundation Center's Guide to Winning Proposals.
Sarah Collins, editor. New York, NY: The Foundation Center, 2003. A compedium of 20 sample proposals compiled because "they represent great writing," according to the editor. Offers a variety of proposal types, including letters of inquiry to requests for large-scale program support.

FRI Fund-Raising Letter Collection
Vol. I. Second ed. Compiled and annotated by William E. Sheppard. Ambler, PA: Fund-Raising Institue, l988. 156 p. Down-to-earth tips on writing fund raising appeals. Letters are arranged in categories by nonprofit type: Universities, Colleges, Schools; Hospitals; Health and welfare Agencies; Youth Agencies; Other Agencies.

From Idea to Funded Project: Grant Proposals that Work.
By Jane C. Belcher and Julia M. Jacobsen. 4th ed. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press, l992.
Particularly suitable to members of higher educational institutions who wish to work an idea into a proposal. Defines roles of departmental and administrative staff, specific parts of a proposal, and more. Covers submitting a proposal, its administration, and the importance of evaluation in the process. Provides samples of forms and grant applications. <

Getting Funded: a Complete Guide to Proposal Writing.
By Mary Hall. 3d. ed. Portland, OR: Portland State University Continuing Education Publications, l988. This painless workbook-like text first covers how to undertake the necessary planning and information-gathering tasks prior to the writing of the proposal. After it outlines other considerations such as how to responding to Requests for Proposals (RSPs), it then leads the reader into the principles involved in the actual writing of a proposal. Describes dealing with forms and applications, and includes examples in the text. A must-read; excellent guide for both individuals and nonprofits.

Grantwriting for Dummies.
Beverly A. Browning. New York, NY: Wiley Publishing, Inc., 2001 An easy-to-follow comprehensive guidebook on all aspects of writing effective grant proposals and grant applications.
Grantwriting, Fundraising, and Partnerships: Strategies That Work.
By Karen B. Ruskin and Charles M. Achilles. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, Inc., 1995. 185 p. Preface states this book is "written for teachers and administrators who are developing new sources of funding for school and district-wide projects... with the focus on the "conceptualization, writing, and marketing of grant proposals specifically for educators." One-half of the text includes appendices with listings of small grant opportunities and foundations that support educational innovation.

Grassroots Grants: an Activist's Guide to Proposal Writing.
By Andy Robinson. Berkeley, CA, l996. Extremely well-organized, informal and frank guide for organizations for social change. Stresses the grant proposal as an organizational planning document which is eventually pieced together in a special format. Four examples of proposals are included. Also describes the importance of grants research and grantmaker relations in the process, grants administration, dealing with rejection, and more.

Greening the Grassroots: How Wildlife and Habitat Organizations Can Write Winning Grants.
Ed. by Graciella Rossi. Sacramento, CA: The Wildlife Network, Earth Island Institute, and the Humane Society of the United States, l996. Provides the basics in becoming a fundable organization by helping the reader clarify its goals and develop a realistic development plan - the basic preliminaries of the proposal. Specifics of writing the proposal follow. Includes two sample proposals.

How to Prepare a Research Proposal: Guidelines for Funding and dissertations in the Social and Behavioral Sciences.
By David R. Krathwohl. Third ed. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, l988. 302 p. Extremely detailed text on all aspects of proposal development for research. Wordy but thorough.
How to Write Successful Fundraising Letters.
By Mal Warwick. San Frantcisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2001. 304 p. Nothing on the subject is left out in this tome. Loaded with down-to-earth advice and examples. Warwick is a specialist in direct mail fundraising and a regular contributer to The NonProfit Times.

Program Planning and Proposal Writing.
By Norton J. Kiritz. Expanded version. Los Angeles: The Grantsmanship Center, l980. 47 p. Despite the date, this proposal outline is exceptional as it is versatile. Used by the well-known Grantsmanship Center proposal writing seminar instructors.

"Proposal". In The Complete Guide to Getting a Grant.
By Laurie Blum. Rev. ed. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1996. p. 242 - 303. Well-written, easy to follow chapter on planning, writing, and packaging the proposal. The next chapter on follow-up (what happens after the proposal is submitted) might prove useful to some as well.

Proposal Planning and Writing.
By Lynn E. and Jeremy T. Miner and Jerry Griffith. 2d ed. Oryx Press, l998. 184p. Easy-to-use and resourceful text on how to find grants as well as how to plan and write quality proposals. Useful for both beginning and professional grant writers and grantseekers. Includes advice and recommendations on searching for information through the Internet as well as tips on computer editing and more.

Proposal Writing.
By Soraya M. Coley and Cynthia A. Scheinberg. 2d. ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2000. 101 p. A very well-written all-purpose guide "written primarily for students or beginning to moderately experienced grantwriters working in nonprofit corporations, school districts, or city or county agencies." A good resource especially for human-services professionals.

Proposals that Work: a Guide for Planning Dissertations and Grant Proposals
By Lawrence F. Locke, Waneen Wyrick Spirduso, and Stephen J. Silverman. Fourth ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2000. 350 p. Written particularly for graduate school students, this textbook-type work covers the basics of writing research proposals, particularly for qualitative research. Includes sample proposals.

Successful Grant Writing: Strategies for Health and Human Service Professionals.
By Laura N. Gitlin and Kevin J. Lyons. 2d ed. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company, 2004. 305 p. Thorough overview from researching funding to writing and submitting the proposal, receiving and managing an award. Inclludes apenices with faqs, acronyms, web sites, sample budget sheets and flow charts. May answer numerous questions readers have about applying for federal grants.

Winning Grant Proposals: Eleven Successful Appeals by American Nonprofits to Corporations, Foundations, Individuals, and Government Agencies.
Gordon Jay Frost, ed. Rockvile, MD: Taft Group/Fund Raising Institute, 1993.
Samples of well-crafted proposals for a variety of programs.

Winning Grants Step By Step: Support Centers of America's Complete Workbook for Planning, Developing, Writing Successful Proposals.
By Mim Carlson. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass Publishers, 1995. 115 p, A step-by-step workbook approach to proposal writing. Bases its approach on the idea of the proposal being a reflection of a well-planned project, one which demonstrates filling a genuine need, and at a reasonable cost. Support Centers of America is a national network devoted to increasing the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations.

Winning Science Equipment Grants: Model Proposals from the Federal and Private Sector.
Ed. by Leslie Ratzlaff. Alexandria, VA: Capitol Publications, Inc., l993. 289 p.
Seven successful sample proposals are reproduced here "for institutions seeking to purchase, upgrade and/or use science equipment," according to the preface.

Writing for a Good Cause: the Complete Guide to Crafting Proposals and Other Persuasive Pieces for Nonprofits
By Joseph Barbato and Danielle S. Furlich. New York: Fireside/Simon & Schuster, 2000. 334 p. A somewhat different and much-welcomed work which focuses on writing well, and applying good writing practices when drafting a persuasive and polished proposal. A must-read for all fundraisers and proposal writers, beginners and professionals alike, and entertaining to boot.

Writing Grant Proposals that Win.
By Phale D. Hale, Jr. Second ed. Alexandria, VA: Capitol Publications, Inc., 1997. 213 p, Includes guidelines on proposal writing for both private and federal funding. Includes sample proposals and critiques.

Web Sites

Association of Small Foundations

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

Federal Grants and Funding Publications from Thompson Publishing Group

Foundation Center's Foundation Finder

Foundation DataBook Home Page


Grassroots Fundraising Journal from Chardon Press

Nonprofit GENIE

Proposal Writing & Government Contracting by Deborah Kluge

U.S. Department of Education Grants & Contracts Information

(adapted from University of Wisonsin and the Hermiston Public Library web sites)