Monday, October 4, 2010

Grant Writing Tips from Valerie Mann, Author of "Getting Your Share of the Pie"

"I saw this book as a way to help people 'work smarter instead of harder'. I wrote it in such a way that it could take the place of a course in grant writing... It represents a unique approach to the grants field, discussing every step of the process, and will be especially useful to the novice. It is comprehensive and thorough and gives specific resources for the reader to follow up to search for grant funds. The inclusion of real 'news you can use' and specific examples makes it unique as a learning tool and reference book."

Anyone reading my book, Getting Your Share of the Pie: The Complete Guide to Finding Grants, should be able to go out and immediately start seeing results in the form of increased funding. (I hope that it will also relieve some of the angst that I see among those in the grant profession.) The results of our work will be known once the award decisions are handed down. The tendency here is to see one’s work in terms of either success or failure, which does nothing for one’s self-confidence. This book can help the grant writer to overcome some of the natural anxieties of the profession--I will be very happy if I can make the readers feel more self-confident!

Persons who are currently in the grant writing profession working for local governments, public and private institutions, non-profits and other organizations such as fire departments will benefit most from reading my book. It will also be helpful to those who wish to enter the grant writing field. 

5 Need-to-Know Tips for Grant Seekers: 
  1. Look at the project from the ground up without any preconceived ideas about how it should be designed. Consider all the alternatives before choosing a specific activity.
  2. Look closely at resources before committing to do a major project--you might need to spend some more time building your organization first.
  3. Always give the true picture in a grant application. Exaggerating will make the application lose points in the rating.
  4. Search as many resources as possible. Don’t stop when you identify one or two promising sources.
  5. Realize that the skills of the grant writer are only one of many factors playing into the success or failure of an application. Don’t take it personally if an application gets turned down.
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About the Author:

Valerie Mann has been working in the field of community development for 32 years. From July of 1977 through December of 1985, she was employed as a Grants Writer at the Salisbury, Maryland Mayor's office. Since that time, she has operated her own successful community development business. Ms. Mann is a graduate of the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC. She lives in Fruitland, Maryland, with her son and several rescued pets.

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Read more:

Valerie J. Mann
Praeger, 2010
An expert in securing grant money provides a clear, step-by-step course in grant writing that readers can "attend" from the comfort of their home or office—and proceed with at their own pace.

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