A Quick Guide to the Web’s Best Grant Writing Resources
by Mark J. Drozdowski
STRIP AWAY MY adjunct teaching status, my highfalutin administrative title and my freelance activities, and I’m basically a grant writer (not that there’s anything wrong with that). I’ve been writing grants for more than a dozen years, and in that time I’ve come to appreciate what constitutes good form. When I began, we didn’t have on-line tutorials to guide newbies through the often bewildering process; back then, “on-line” meant you were waiting to enter the theater.
Now we do. In fact, a keyword search for “grant writing” uncovers thousands of hits. Some resources, to be sure, are better than others, and I’ve attempted here to capture many of the best. This list features sites of universities, consultants, grant makers, government agencies and other non-profit entities. My criteria include sound advice, ease of navigation, clarity, and helpful links. Not all of these recommended sites meet every criterion, but they do enough to warrant mention.
Before we begin the tour, let’s get one thing straight: Grant writers don’t write grants. We write grant proposals, and linguistic purists eagerly remind us of the difference. But since most people (and Web sites) use this apparent misnomer, we’ll just go
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