Collaborative Grantseeking
A Guide to Designing Projects, Leading Partners, and Persuading Sponsors
by Jeremy T. Miner, Lynn E. Miner, and Jerry Griffith
February 2011, 215pp, 8 1/2 x 11
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-39185-9
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With the recent economic downturn, nonprofits need grants more than ever; unfortunately, this exigency coincides with a time when foundation resources have declined. Foundations are encouraging collaborative grantseeking as a way for nonprofits to get the best results out of funding efforts, but this methodology is only effective if pursued properly.

This book offers a detailed analysis of the strategies and methodologies of successful collaborative grant writing, as well as practical guidance on the interpersonal leadership requirements of managing grantseeking projects.

As it becomes increasingly difficult to obtain public or private funding, collaboration may become absolutely vital to some nonprofits’ continued existence. Effective grant collaborations always comprise a critical attribute: they are led by individuals who not only understand the benefits and barriers affecting collaborations, but are highly skilled in managing them.

This reference text explains the nature of the collaboration and a critical examination of the role of the grant leader, giving nonprofit fundraisers a competitive edge in collaborative grantseeking, especially for those individuals without previous experience in this complicated arena. No other book comprehensively explains every step in a successful collaborative grantseeking effort, nor provides real-world strategies and proven practices. Readers of Collaborative Grantseeking: A Guide to Designing Projects, Leading Partners, and Persuading Sponsors will also better grasp the humanistic aspects of designing and leading successful collaborative projects and be able to write more persuasive proposals.


  • Four samples of funded collaborative grants, complete with annotations and reviewers' comments, provide a starting point for developing your own collaborative proposals
  • Includes a collection of 179 sample questionnaire items useful for generating a customized Collaboration Rating Form for your specific situation
  • Includes a comprehensive Meeting Evaluation form containing 15 points of attitudinal information from collaborators
  • A bibliography contains more than 70 significant books, journals, theses, websites, and other resources for grantseeking
  • A helpful index facilitates cross-referencing important subjects
Jeremy T. Miner, MA, is president of Miner and Associates, Inc., a nationwide consulting firm that provides grantseeking and fundraising services to nonprofit organizations, and is director of grants and contracts at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI. In addition to developing and administering grant proposals, serving as a reviewer for federal and foundation grant programs, and presenting grantseeking workshops, he coauthored Greenwood's Proposal Planning and Writing and Praeger's Models of Proposal Planning and Writing.

Lynn E. Miner, PhD, is founder and principal of Miner and Associates, Inc., a leading nationwide grants consulting group, and directs the office in Milwaukee, WI. He has been an active grantseeker in academic, healthcare, and other nonprofit environments for the past four decades. Miner coauthored Greenwood's Proposal Planning and Writing and Praeger's Models of Proposal Planning and Writing and coedits Grantseeker Tips, a free biweekly electronic newsletter on successful grantseeking.

Jerry Griffith, PhD, is a principal of Miner and Associates, Inc. who specializes in the psychological and management aspects of grantseeking, and directs the office in Knoxville, TN. Griffith has served as a licensed psychologist and possesses a broad-based background in rehabilitation, health care, management, academia, and psychology. He is a frequent grant workshop presenter and consults with nonprofit organizations and private foundations to pursue grantseeking.


"Now more than ever in these tight financial times and increasing needs, collaborating may be an issue of survival for nonprofit organizations. This book is required reading for those who wish to continue advancing their institutional missions and programs."—Don Francis, PhD, Professor of Sociology and Nonprofit Organization Management, Lakeland College

"I've never underestimated the insightfulness and practical nature of Jeremy and Lynn Miner's grantseeking advice and they've never let me down."—Chris Holmes, President, Penfield Children's Center

"Collaborative Grantseeking is the one book that uses concrete examples to guide grant leaders effectively through the process of planning, writing, implementing and evaluating collaborative projects. In this era of connectedness, Miner and Miner offer valuable support."—Kris Andrews, Assistant Vice President of Federal Relations, University of Wisconsin System

"Straight talk about how to analyze requests for proposals, generate ideas for innovative projects, and empower and energize project partners means that you can write more persuasive grants, form more successful collaborations, stimulate innovation that is consistent with your mission, and build a future full of opportunities."—Mark A. Riccobono, MSEd, Executive Director of the Jernigan Institute National Federation of the Blind

"This book offers practical advice on why some collaborations succeed while others fail. It goes on to offer many useful guidelines on how you can lead a successful collaboration, ranging from picking grant partners to evaluating collaborative efforts. While this book focuses on collaborative grantseeking, the tips are equally applicable to any nonprofit organization whether pursuing grants or just wanting to run more efficiently."—Sue Dormanen, Online Community Manager, Community Clinic Voice, A joint project of Tides and The California Endowment

"This book takes a well-known concept in the development field, 'friend-raising precedes fund-raising,' and applies it to grantsmanship in a new and powerful way. Rather than focusing exclusively on the relationship between the grant application and sponsor, it explains in practical terms how nonprofit organizations can prepare to work with each other (i.e., become friends) so that they can write more competitive collaborative grant proposals (i.e., raise funds)."—Kevin J. Lee, MPA, President, Loyola Academy of St. Louis

"Maintaining a statewide network that collaborates on diverse projects to prevent childhood injury means knowing how to manage people as well as secure funding for planned activities. Collaborative Grantseeking works on both levels, providing real-life examples of successful grant proposals as well as strategies for promoting goal sharing and cooperation among project partners."—Karen Brock, MPH, Director of Safe Kids Connecticut, Connecticut Children's Medical Center
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