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How do you write successful (i.e., funded) grant requests? How can you improve on the applications you are currently writing?cropped-cropped-toolkit-24157707-copy.jpg

There is a lot of information available to address these questions.  The following are frequently ranked as the most valuable resources (and all are FREE) for learning grant writing basics.  I’ve organized them by Federal and non-Federal/Foundation sources for your reference.

Federal Grant Writing Resources

Grant Writing Tip Sheets
  Includes general grant-writing tutorials and specific information about applying for National Institutes of Health (NH) grants

Developing And Writing Grant Proposals  By the staff of the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance.

EPA Tips on Writing Grant Proposals Tips and resources for writing competitive grants and preparing a budget. Tips are tailored for those seeking EPA funds but can be generalized to a wider audience Applicant Resources  Includes a glossary of terminology, links to application packages, grantmaking agencies, types of grants, and more

Non-Federal and Foundation Grant Writing Resources

Nonprofit Guides: Grant Writing Tools for Nonprofit Organizations  Includes sample grant proposal, inquiry letter, proposed budget, applications and links to grantwriting resources

The Foundation Center’s Proposal Writing Short Course  Free, online course

The Foundation Center’s Proposal Budgeting Basics  Free, online course

Foundation Center Webinars on Proposal Writing Basics  Free; must register in advance

The Foundation Center’s Guide to Proposal Writing, 5th ed. – An Audio Book!  Free audio book from the Foundation Center.  Check out the right-hand side bar for information on the elements of a proposal, general guidelines, and steps to take before writing your proposal

Writing a successful grant proposal The Minnesota Council on Foundations created this detailed outline of a grant proposal


Author: Jeanine Jesberg

Jeanine Jesberg is a grants consultant, Certified Research Administrator (CRA), and licensed clinical speech-language pathologist (CCC-SLP) specializing in work with academic institutions and non-profit organizations. Her multi-faceted career includes several positions, including Program Director, Director of Research Operations, and Executive Director, at the University of Chicago as well as Manager of Research Administration at Northwestern University with knowledge that spans strategic planning, conference planning, program management, budget development, research operations, and research administration. She also has over 15 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist in the roles of clinician, Clinical Instructor, Lecturer, private practice Founder/CEO, and speaker. Jeanine currently lives and works in Chicago, IL.

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