Most newer nonprofit organizations and/or newly hired nonprofit leaders that apply for grants are not ready. The lack of grant readiness shows in the quality of proposal they submit. This is the market - currently there are more than 25 million employees of nonprofit organizations in the country.
They often do not receive funding until their third ??" or fifth ??" or seventh try . . . or never. And yet this is a time when they really need support.
The problem is that new leaders don’t know what it takes to be “grant ready.?? My solution is to offer a simple guide, written in lay language that walks new leaders through the exact steps required to prepare their organization to be grant ready ??" and provides them with the most basic steps required to create a sound grant proposal.
Copy from 3 grant writing workshops: “Grant Writing with Impact,?? how to create a grant proposal that is complete, clear and has impact; “Dynamic Project Planning,?? an in-depth look at planning required before writing a proposal for project support; and “Creating a Credible Budget,?? how to create a budget and prepare budget documents for proposals is in Word documents. This material is mine, is available for use in the book and includes case studies and exercises.
What is missing is content to get the organization fully ready to apply for funding. Much information is rough notes, check lists, and so forth - most in Word files.
I envision this book as approximately 160 pages plus front and back matter. I want it lively and engaging while serving the bottom-line purpose of teaching how to be grant-ready. Back matter would include an index and may include appendices with more in-depth examples than would be reasonable to include in the main text. I'm open to guidance on this.
I anticipate self publishing this book. I can provide most of the content electronically. I also have audio tapes of 2 workshops.
1) Completed 160 page book manuscript, including graphs, illustrations, chapter and subheading divisions, case studies, and exercises. Up to 30 additional pages of appendices as agreed on.
2) All revisions to 1st draft to be completed before job is considered complete.
2) All deliverables will be considered "work made for hire" under U.S. Copyright law. Buyer will receive exclusive and complete copyrights to all work purchased. (No GPL, GNU, 3rd party components, etc. unless all copyright ramifications are explained AND AGREED TO by the buyer on the site per the coder's Seller Legal Agreement).
Windows XP, in all versions of Internet Explorer and Netscape and Linux as I may publish it as an ebook.