Do you care about a special cause and want to get involved in improving your community? Are you looking for a meaningful career with flexibility and financial potential? Whether you are a new graduate, seasoned professional, or part-time freelancer, the grant profession offers growing career and business opportunities that enable us to play a vital role. Grants are a tool for change! Grant proposal writing, funder research, and grant management skills are in demand at nonprofits, schools and universities, hospitals and clinics, faith-based organizations, and government agencies involved in applying for grants. Grantepreneur provides exercises to help you (a) decide if this path fits your needs, and (b) channel your skills and passion into a grant career or business with the 10-Steps to Get Hired Action Plan! This award-winning book will answer all of your “how to get started” questions in plain language.
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Cynthia M. Adams, CEO, GrantStation.com, Inc., Member Women in Philanthropy: “Grantepreneur is a unique book that I will reference for many years to come. When individuals ask me about getting involved in the world of philanthropy, this is undoubtedly the number one resource I will recommend. Well written. Easy to follow. And so very, very practical.” GrantStation recommends Grantepreneur among their featured books at: https://grantstation.com/public-resources/recommended-books
Dr. Beverly A. Browning, CSPF, Author of Grant Writing for Dummies and Perfect Phrases for Writing Grant Proposals, Online Instructor, Workshop Presenter, Coach, Motivational Speaker: “Grantepreneur is a new and refreshingly encouraging book, a must buy for anyone who has dreamed of getting started in a grant career and business! The author, a highly regarded colleague and leader in the grants industry, has written a book that drills down to Basic Grants 101 information, incorporating how we can discover our cause and provide grant services in our communities. There are so many relevant pointers and resources, that I wholeheartedly recommend this book for anyone considering becoming a grant consultant, and for educators teaching others about grants and how to make your way in the industry ... Grantepreneur will be a recommended reference for my online students because it fully answers all of the questions that I'm asked on a daily basis. Bravo and gratitude to Katherine for writing this book and guiding the way!”
Barbara Floersch, Executive Director, The Grantsmanship Center, Author of Grantsmanship- Program Planning and Proposal Writing: "Grantepreneur is a clear, supportive guide for those considering a career in grant proposal development. Katherine Heart defines the work of grants professional then leads you through a series of self-assessment and planning steps to help you achieve both personal satisfaction and career success."
Michael Wells, GPC, CFRE, Author of Strategic Grantseeking, Understanding Nonprofit Finances and Successful Program Evaluation; Past Board Member of Grant Professionals Association and Grant Professionals Certification Institute: "Grantepreneur is a combination of business planning guide, life decision tool and workbook that leads you through the process of deciding about grant writing as a career. It's thoughtful and action oriented, asking philosophical, practical and financial questions and helping you answer them for your individual situation."
Danny W. Blitch, MPA, GPC, Organizing Editor and Co-Author of Prepare for the GPC Exam- Earn Your Grant Professional Certified Credential: "I was immediately drawn to this book, not only because of the cool title, but as a result of my love for the grant profession and the business of grants. The draw did not disappoint! The author effortlessly communicates well in both the acronym filled grant-speak world and in the language of business! The book is a practical guide giving readers tangible tools, career instruction, and a business road map success."
Rosemary Hanrahan, M.D., M.P.H., Author of When Dreams Touch and Nonprofit Coach, Consultant, Grant Writer and Storyteller at http://www.beyondwordswellnessresources.com: In Grantepreneur, Katherine F.H. Heart offers a wealth of valuable information, comprehensive resources and unique insights into the World of Grants. As an expert in grant consulting and proposal writing, Heart offers a realistic and encouraging overview of what it takes to channel passion and talent into a career that promotes critical social causes. Grantepreneur is a must read for anyone considering a new grant career or business as well as seasoned grant professionals who desire to advance to higher levels of success."
Gayle L. Nelson, Esq., Contributor to NPQ Newswire, Author of Your Fellow Board Member Blog and a Commissioner of the Illinois State Commission for the Elimination of Poverty: "As a Development Consultant and Capacity Building Coach, volunteers often ask for my advice on how to identify potential funders and write a grant proposal. I look forward to recommending this book to them and am hopeful it will lead to more efficient use of resources and additional funding for essential causes in Illinois and across the country."
CHAPTER 1 – THE WORLD OF GRANTS
What is a Grant? • Who Gives Grants? • Who Can Receive Grants? • What is the Grant Writer’s Role? • What Exactly Do Grant Writers Write? • My Favorite Grant Proposal • How Grants Made a Difference What are the Working Conditions for Grant Writers?
CHAPTER 2 – DISCOVERING YOUR CAUSE
Your Life Experience • Your Writing Skills • Considering Multiple Interests • Rate Your Interests • Grant Writing for My Cause
CHAPTER 3 – MAKING MEANING & MONEY AS A GRANT PROFESSIONAL
Career Opportunities • Defining Success • Meaning and Motivation • Realizing the Meaningful Aspects of Grant Writing • Making Money • Competency and Salary Continuum • Job Growth Outlook • Grant Writing as an Encore Career
CHAPTER 4 – BECOMING SUCCESSFUL IN THE GRANTS PROFESSION
Personal Attributes • Attributes Exercise • Knowledge and Skill Requirements • Job Description: Grant Writer • Learning Curve for Developing Grant Proposal Writing Competency • Grant Training • Supervised Practice • Gaining Experience • Avoiding Grant Schemes and Scams • Inside a Grant Scam • Ethical Grantsmanship
CHAPTER 5 – THE GRANT CAREER ACTION PLAN
Getting Ready to Take Action • Grant Career Action Plan-10 Steps to Hire • Grant Career Action Plan Checklist • Step 1: Brush-Up Your Writing Skills • Step 2: Assess Your Lifestyle • Step 3: Organize a Home Office • Step 4: Build a Network in Your Community • Step 5: Learn about Grant Seeking and Proposal Writing • Step 6: Find a Mentor and Write a Grant Proposal • Step 7: Join a Group for Grant Professionals • Step 8: Develop a Resume and Portfolio for Grants • Step 9: Cultivate Grant Jobs • Step 10: Sell Your Grant-Related Skills at Interviews to Get Hired (and Re-Hired)
CHAPTER 6 - STARTING A GRANT BUSINESS
Finding Grant Career and Business Success • Benefits of a Grant Business • Grantepreneur(TM) Strategies for Start-Up Freelancers • The Final Ingredient for a Successful Grant Career and Business
Finding Nonprofit Organizations • Nonprofit Careers • Fundraising and Philanthropy • General Writing Skills • Grant Writing Books • Grant Consulting and Business • Grant Training • National Grant Associations
Melissa U. Draut, Grant Consultant, http://www.melissadraut.com: “Took a break the other day and read your book. Just what I need when mentoring new folks who call and ask how to get started. They need to read your book before we meet for coffee! I really like how you present some self-reflection and assessment so folks know if they are in the right place at the right time. Spot on! On the same token, you’ve given me (a seasoned, not “old”) grant writer a way to think about my next chapter with grants. I have 10 years of wonderful experiences with people, groups and results. Your book reminded me of all the reasons why I love grant consulting - besides the rush of bringing in the money for my groups. Your story inspired me - especially with the variety of work you do.”
Brian Rhindress, Communities in Schools of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County: “Grantepreneur helped me with a salary negotiation for my current position. and getting started as a professional grant writer. This book offers an exciting take on how to get started in a career and business that pays while helping organizations in need of assistance. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for direction and inspiration in their transition to this profession.”
Grant Career Action Plan (Preview)
Grantepreneur is a workbook! Channel your skills and passion for helping others into a grant career or business with the Grant Career Action Plan! The exercises will help you to answer personal and professional questions, assess your lifestyle and skills, organize your networking, build a resume for grants, and ask the right questions at interviews. Chapter 5 provides “10 Steps to Get Hired” with self-assessments and checklists. The samples mentioned with each step are shown in the free companion eBook, Grantepreneur eTools.
Step 1: Brush-Up Your Writing Skills, pp. 54-55 - Sample Employment Letter
Step 2: Assess Your Lifestyle, pp. 56-62 - Lifestyle Action Plan
Step 3: Organize a Home Office for Grants, pp. 63-66 - Tour of a Home Grants Office
Step 4: Build a Network in Your Community, pp. 67-74 - Networking Action Plan
Step 5: Learn about Grant Seeking and Proposal Writing, pp, 75-76 - Basic Grant Seeking & Proposal Writing Slides
Step 6: Find a Mentor and Write a Grant Proposal, pp. 77-78 - Sample Mentoring Agreement
Step 7: Join a Group for Grant Professionals, pp. 79-80 - How to Start a Grants Meetup Group
Step 8: Develop a Resume and Portfolio for Grants, 79-81 - Sample Functional Resume for Grants
Step 9: Cultivate Grant Jobs, pp. 85-86 - Sample Request for Interview Letter
Step 10: Sell Your Grant Skills at Interviews to Get Hired, pp. 87-88 - Red Flags in Entry-Level Interviews
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8/17/19: I am a beginner grant writer and was contacted by a small nonprofit to write their grants on commission. It seems controversial with some groups saying it’s not OK but it seems like there are offers out there for this type of payment. Your book is against it. What’s the big deal?
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Katherine F.H. Heart, GPC, M.Ed. is a GPA Approved Trainer with 11 years of grant training experience. Request a virtual chat or Q&A on "getting started in a grant career and business" for your school, university course, library, book club, conference, webinar, event, or organization.
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