Mapping the Course: A Practical Approach to Grant Writing is an easy to read manual that provides practical information, strategies, examples, and resources to help new and experienced grant writers develop strong, successful grant proposals. I developed this manual as a written resource to use the 80/20 Rule in grant writing. That means that 80% of the time developing grant applications should be spent planning the application and 20% of time should be spent writing.
Mapping the Course teaches grant writers how to use the Program Planning Framework as part of their planning process to develop coherent and consistent grant applications.
The bulk of the manual walks through the Program Planning Framework in a step-by-step process addressing the background, need, outcomes and indicators, approach, evaluation, and budget. Each section contains an explanation of the purpose of the section, writing tips, things to avoid, helpful resources, examples, and checklists.
In addition to providing information on the Program Planning Framework, the manual provides a lot of other useful information. Grant fundamentals and practical tips are discussed to set the stage for grant development.
Here is what a few professionals have to say about Mapping the Course: A Practical Approach to Grant Writing:
"You know what is really great about this manual? It not only tells you what needs to be done, and in what order, but Alice takes the time to explain the reasoning behind each task. The manual is full of examples which, for me, is always the most useful part of any guide. Really a great new resource for both the novice grant writer and those with professional experience."
Cynthia M. Adams Founder and CEO GrantStation.com, Inc.
"Mapping the Course: A Practical Approach to Grant Writing is such an amazing manual; I purchased copies for all West Virginia's AmeriCorps*VISTA members. It is packed with great information in an easy step-by-step format that will help anyone writing grants. I highly recommend you purchase a copy--it will be extremely helpful."
Reba Crossen AmeriCorps*VISTA Project Director
"With this publication, Ruhnke delights with her willingness to teach well and thoroughly her grant writing methodology to help others forward their visions for a better world.
Her method is basic and innovative, straightforward and friendly, direct and informal - with additional resources and links on her website to keep it updated. What more could you ask for? Not to mention a track record that proves her effectiveness.
From our seven years of co-teaching strength-based grant writing, I can hear Alice speaking from this manual as if she were sharing its content in person. It still requires your own ideas and diligence; however, now you have a tailor-made GPS (Grant Positioning System) to jumpstart successful grant writing. Let's get crackin'! Thanks, Alice!"
Trish Hatfield Strength-Based Facilitator
About the Author
Alice Ruhnke published Mapping the Course: A Practical Approach to Grant Writing in 2017. Alice is the founder and owner of The Grant Advantage, a progressive, innovative consulting company that provides an array of services to help nonprofit organizations have a greater impact on their communities through funding. The mission of The Grant Advantage is to help organizations unleash their strengths to embrace tomorrow’s opportunities.
Over the past decade, Alice has worked with hundreds of nonprofit organizations to help them increase their organizational capacity and secure funding. She has raised over $27 million writing grants and has been in charge of awarding and monitoring federal funds to nonprofit organizations throughout West Virginia. If Alice is not at her computer writing, she can usually be found facilitating trainings, workshops, and webinars.
This book is GrantStation’s gift to you with your Membership purchase during the 2017 Holiday Membership Sale ($149) from now through 12/27/17.
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