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Let’s Write a Grant

A step-by-step guide that demonstrates how to write standard foundation grant requests.

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Let's Write a Grant is a must-have book for learning how to write foundation grant proposals. It is written in an easy-to-follow format guiding the writer through the development of a grant request by posing questions to answer in each of the seven sections in a common grant application: Summary, Agency Description, Needs Section; Project Description; Evaluation, Financial Information, and Budget.

Information is provided about each of these sections: its purpose and length; writing tips; common writing problems; why the foundation asks for the information; and examples.

Major Topics Covered

The book addresses how to:

  • write a one-page letter proposal
  • quickly and easily convert it into a letter of intent
  • get the most out of a single foundation proposal by tailoring it for others
  • strengthen proposal writing
  • package the proposal to send to foundations

Plus, you'll get examples of common budget line items and presentations.

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You will receive a 50-page softbound book. If you have any questions or would like information about bulk pricing, please contact Client Services at 800-677-3789 or by emailing

Authors and Editors

Glenda O'Neal

Glenda O'Neal is a grant writing consultant, author, and instructor. She has been writing foundation and government grants since 1978, and assisted over 400 educational, social and human services, government, health care, and faith-based organizations to raise millions of dollars. Glenda currently teaches online grant writing courses for Thompson Grants. She previously instructed grant writing courses at the University of Missouri-St. Louis for 20 years, and taught online grant writing courses for Purdue University Calumet, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Loma Linda University, and CD Publications Federal and Foundation Assistance Monitor. O’Neal is a featured speaker at many professional meetings and workshops. She conducts programs and webinars for organizations, including The Foundation Center in San Francisco; San Jose State University; Thompson Information Services; Indiana Youth Institute; and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She also serves on the Grants Editorial Advisory Board for Thompson Grants.

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