"This book is a practical, how-to guide for those interested in writing, procuring, and implementing grants. The second edition has also been expanded to include a new chapter on how to become a grant writer. From gathering basic information about an organization through accepting and implementing the grant award, expert advice is provided then illustrated through step-by-step guides along with numerous examples. This publication is designed to be used by those writing grants on behalf of libraries as well as nonprofit organizations. Information about types of grants available through government agencies and foundations as well as how to locate funding opportunities has all been updated in this second edition. The process of identifying a fundable project and how to carefully select potential sources of funding are explained. Proven writing strategies show how to make your grant application stand out from the rest. Making sure that program implementation is as smooth as possible is shared in order to eliminate any potential obstacles that may arise. Several appendices show samples of strategic plans, narratives, budgets, needs assessments, evaluations, and much more! Examples are tailored to libraries and nonprofit organizations. The author has shared her 20+ years experience successfully procuring and implementing foundation and government grants. It is the most current and practical publication of its kind available today and will prove to be enormously useful in these tough economic times when decreased available funding opportunities are resulting in increase competitiveness. (n.b., This book is not intended for those seeking funding for science-based or social science-based projects that involve experiments and may involve human and/or animal subjects."-- Provided by publisher.