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Writing to Win Federal Grants – The Bundle


Do you want to add federal grants to your fundraising toolbox? Do you want to push past the hype and scams to what really works? Do you ever feel intimidated by complex rules for how to apply? We’ve bundled the work and companion workbook. Though each stands on its own and can be purchased separately, they are most effective as a combination. Plus, we’ve dropped the price of the combination, to make the bundle irresistible.

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The Bundle

We’ve bundled the book and the workbook:

  • Writing to Win Federal Grants: a Must-have for Your Fundraising Toolbox
  • Writing to Win Federal Grants: The Workbook

Though each stands on its own and can be purchased separately, they are most effective as a combination. Plus, when you buy both, you can take advantage of the special reduced pricing.

Writing to Win Federal Grants: a Must-have for Your Fundraising Toolbox

Writing to Win Federal Grants: A Must-Have for Your Fundraising Toolbox, by Cheryl Kester and Karen Cassidy

Writing to Win Federal Grants: A Must-Have for Your Fundraising Toolbox

The book will help you overcome your fears and build your skills. Written in a conversational style, it is like sitting down for your own personal workshop with the authors. Cheryl Kester and Karen Cassidy have been winning federal grants and teaching others how to do the same for more than fifteen years. They’ve raised more than $346 million from almost 40 different government agencies.

Now you can tap their knowledge and experience whenever you need it. And let’s face it. We really need it when we’re struggling through a challenging part of our grant that’s due in three days – not when we have time to go to a workshop.

Read this book for:

  • Tips on how to apply for the grants you have the best chance of winning
  • Real-world examples taken straight from winning proposals
  • A “how to do this” chapter for each major section of your proposal
  • Checklists and worksheets that break down big tasks into workable sizes
  • Insider tips on how to avoid losing points with your reviewers

Your time is valuable. Federal grants take a LOT of time. Don’t you want to spend that time where you have the best chance of succeeding?

More than that, the skills this book will help you develop will make your foundation proposals stronger and more competitive too. Learn how to use just the right sort of data to make your case for need. Learn how to tailor your evaluation plan to the size of your project, and your budget.

This book talks frankly about working on teams, prying information you need out of coworkers, and potential ethics traps. You’ll learn how to assess when it’s actually better for your organization to walk away from a grant opportunity. Extensive appendices offer tips on how to become a grant reviewer, how to get registered on, and where to find data for putting in your proposals.

The bottom line is you can do this. The authors remind you of this over and over as they take you step-by-step through the challenges of completing your first proposal or making your fiftieth proposal even better. When you hit “submit” on that federal grant, it feels great. Kester and Cassidy show you how.

Writing to Win Federal Grants: The Workbook

Writing to Win Federal Grants - The Workbook

Writing to Win Federal Grants – The Workbook

The workbook was conceived when the authors were writing the book. They simply had too many tools to share in the book, which was already bursting at the seams—and they didn’t want it to overwhelm beginners. So the workbook was the perfect answer to sharing these valuable tools.

Checklists, forms, and templates that you can use make up Part One of the workbook. These are all tools the authors created or borrowed and continue to adapt when needed. Now they’re yours to use! Tools such as checklists and forms fit on one or two pages so that you can photocopy them right out of this workbook, formatted in a convenient 8.5 x 11”.

Part Two provides sample proposals, with helpful tips and advice from the authors.

The workbook not only gives you the tools, but it also tells you why you need them and how to use them.

—From the Foreword by Teri S. Blandon, CFRE, GPC, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Global Communities and Contributing Author to You and Your Nonprofit

“Logic models,” writes Blandon, “have left more than one grant professional quaking with fear. This workbook not only provides examples of different formats, but it explains how to lead a group in brainstorming development of the logic model elements. I’ve seen logic models explained in other books, but this is the first time I’ve received training in how to help the program staff create the model.”

If you are new to seeking government grants, this workbook will help you become comfortable with putting together a winning proposal. If you are more experienced, the tools and resources in this workbook will help make your job easier and more efficient. Regardless of who you are and where you are in your career, you can take away practical tools to use for the proposal you are working on today.


Cheryl L. Kester, Author

Cheryl L. Kester, Author

Cheryl L. Kester is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). As owner of The Kester Group, she provides grant seeking and grant evaluation services for a range of clients nationwide.

With almost thirty years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Cheryl has extensive expertise serving academic, faith-based, public safety, health care, and social service organizations. She has helped secure more than $96 million in state, federal, and foundation grants and contracts.

An engaging speaker, Cheryl teaches grants classes, presents at conferences, and conducts board workshops. She also serves as a grant reviewer for private and federal funders.

She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Grant Professionals Association (GPA). In 2012, Cheryl received the GPA president’s award for service to the grants profession and the association.

Cheryl’s proposals have secured funds from several state and federal departments and agencies:

  • Arkansas Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (NIH sub-awards)
  • Arkansas Department of Health
  • Arkansas Workforce Investment Board
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
  • Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Department of Education (National Professional Development, TRIO programs [Student Support Services, Upward Bound], Title III, Title V, Title VI [International Studies and Foreign Language])
  • Department of Health and Human Services (ACF, CDC, and HRSA)
  • Department of Homeland Security (FEMA)
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of State
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • National Science Foundation
  • West Virginia Department of Education

Karen L. Cassidy, Author

Karen L. Cassidy, GPC and Principal of Governmental Grants Professionals LLC, began her career in the US House of Representatives working for Congressmen Bob Wise and Dick Gephardt. Transitioning into the nonprofit field, Karen applied her knowledge to help educational institutions and nonprofit organizations obtain and manage more than $250 million in grant awards.

With nearly twenty-five years of experience, Karen helps organizations design programs and evaluation strategies, develop grant proposals, and report outcomes. She is presently serving as an evaluator on several foundation and federal grants.

A knowledgeable and energetic trainer, Karen leads workshops and teaches seminars on many topics, including federal grant proposal development at conferences, universities, and community nonprofits. Her experience developing successful proposals led her to become a reviewer for federal and private funders, providing her with unique insight.

Karen is one of the founding members of the St. Louis Regional Chapter, Grant Professionals Association (GPA). In October 2011, she was elected to serve on the national GPA board of directors. She earned her GPC (Grant Professional Certification) credential from the Grant Professionals Certification Institute in 2011.

Karen’s proposals have secured grants from several departments and agencies:

  • Corporation for National and Community Service
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Education (Office of Innovation and Improvement, FIPSE, Title V, Upward Bound, Veterans Upward Bound, and Title III)
  • Department of Health and Human Services (ACF, ACYF, CDC, HRSA, NIH, and SAMHSA)
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of State
  • Department of Treasury
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • National Science Foundation
  • Small Business Administration

About the In the Trenches Series

You’ll know an In the Trenches™ book not just by its cover, but by the author’s fun, upbeat writing style. But don’t be fooled by its down-to-earth approach and ample use of sidebars. In the Trenches books are authoritative and cover what a beginner should know to get started and progress rapidly, and what a more experienced nonprofit-sector practitioner needs to move forward in the subject.

























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