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So many books and resources out there for how to write a winning grant. Went ahead and did some research and came up with some tips and resources for you to use.
From the State University of New York, they have some key points to address when writing a grant. They are 1. Have fully developed projects ready to go so that you can meet deadlines. 2. Simple, clear words used. 3. Work on one and not send to just about everyone. 4. List every penny needed to be spent.
The magazine Inc has some good pointers. 1. Make sure the grant fits what you want to do. 2. Look to your local area for grant-makers that funded projects for their input. 3. Once you identify potential funders, make personal contact with them to find out a) interest in your project or company, b) what they would like to see first as the initial document of entry (i.e., letter of inquiry or concept paper), c). many organizations now want requests be submitted first in letter format before accepting a full proposal.
4. Request the RFP and get the grant guidelines. Give them what they are asking for and no less. 5. Start with an introduction (including amount requested) and then brief history of your organization. Describe short and long term results. 6. Differ between a "goal" and a "objective".
6. Spell out how you plan to spend the money given to you. Line item everything.
7. Best of all is to contact a grant writer for help. www.grantprofessionals.org list those that will charge from $1,000 to $3,000 for a grant proposal for private or foundation funding and $4,000 to $15,000 for a grant proposal for government funding..
Being a librarian, I would recommend checking the local library in your area or local bookstore to see what they have. http://www.worldcat.org/ can help in locating great books and tips for writing that great grant that will get you the funding you are looking for.
Let me know if there is anything else I can research for you on this topic. It seems by my research that what is said above from this good sources is said by just about everyone on grant writing. Best of luck and please rate my answer so that I can get an understanding if this was helpful to you.
P.S. here are some books that I located that can be of help to you:
Cannot go wrong with the dummies series: http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-write-a-grant-application-cover-letter.html