Models of Proposal Planning & Writing
2nd Edition
by Jeremy T. Miner and Kelly C. Ball-Stahl
May 2016, 320pp, 8 1/2 x 11
1 volume, Greenwood

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Sponsors fund THEIR needs, not yours. How do you show a sponsor that you can help solve a problem for them?

This book is an essential weapon for anyone looking for funding in the extremely competitive grantseeking world. It explains how and why to approach both public and private sponsors with not just information, but persuasion, for the best chance for success.

How do you present the right balance of logic, emotion, and relationship-awareness to make a persuasive proposal? What is THE most important thing to do before submitting a proposal to increase your odds for funding success? What portion of the proposal must be stressed even when it has a low point value assigned to it in the reviewer’s evaluation form? How can a site visit make or break the fate of a meticulously prepared application?

Models of Proposal Planning & Writing: Second Edition answers all these critical questions and more for grantseekers, documenting how to write a proposal that will persuade a sponsor to invest in your projects and organization—and just as importantly, explaining why a properly persuasive application puts forth a seamless argument that stands the test of reason, addresses psychological concerns, and connects your project to the values of the sponsor. The book’s comprehensive annotations provide practical information that walks readers step-by-step through a logical, integrated process of planning and writing persuasive proposals.


  • Provides a detailed discussion of pre-proposal contacts that identifies the questions that help to qualify potential funding sources and enable readers to fine-tune proposals so they more closely match sponsors' logical and psychological needs, priorities, and "hot buttons"
  • Supplies comprehensive analyses of the key features that made successful proposals persuasive, including verbatim reviewer comments and sponsor grant award notification letters
  • Incorporates new content and features in this updated edition, such as model proposals covering a broader range of health, education, and social service topics; easier-to-read annotations; expanded information on budgets and budget narratives; and a logic model that can be adapted for project-planning purposes
  • An essential resource for anyone seeking funding for economic development (e.g., city planning, land use, urban revitalization); education, such as for libraries, day care programs, public and private schools, and colleges and universities; first responder services; government agencies; health care; philanthropic organizations; social services; fine or performing arts; and religious or other special interest groups
Jeremy T. Miner, MA, is president of Miner and Associates, Inc., a consulting firm that provides grantseeking and fundraising services to nonprofit organizations. He is also director of grants and contracts in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. In addition to developing and administering proposals to public and private grantmakers, he has served as a reviewer for federal and state grant programs, helped private foundations streamline their grant application guidelines, and presented grantseeking workshops nationally and internationally to thousands of grant-getters. Miner is an active member of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) at national and regional levels, serving on committees, presenting workshops and concurrent sessions, and publishing journal and magazine articles; he was awarded an NCURA-SARIMA International Fellowship. His published work includes Greenwood's Proposal Planning & Writing: Fifth Edition and Collaborative Grantseeking: A Guide to Designing Projects, Leading Partners, and Persuading Sponsors.

Kelly C. Ball-Stahl, PhD, is senior grants specialist at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, WI. She has helped organizations successfully secure tens of millions of dollars in grant funding from both government agencies and private foundations. Public sponsors include the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Labor, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Private sponsors include Lilly Endowment, the Hearst Foundations, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Ball-Stahl regularly presents workshops on grant seeking and writing persuasive proposals for the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA), for Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, and at local events facilitated by Congressional leaders.


"Highly recommended, especially to academic libraries as well as public libraries and should be of value to anybody working on proposal writing for grants. It is recommended that this resource be purchased along with Proposal Planning and Writing by Jeremy Miner and Lynn E. Miner."—ARBA, August 22, 2016

"Reading Models of Proposal Planning & Writing is the next best thing to soliciting grant advice directly from the authors. Through real life examples and comprehensive annotations, the authors explain the what, how, and why of effective grant writing."—Katy Ross, PhD, associate professor of Spanish, Southwestern University

“Through extensive and forceful samples, Models of Proposal Planning & Writing teaches an important lesson: proposals do not need to be perfect to attract funding; they must be persuasive.”—Kingsley L. Ngange, PhD, lecturer of journalism and mass communication, University of Buea, Cameroon

"This latest edition of Models of Proposal Planning & Writing provides insight into what reviewers value and has practical suggestions to increase an applicant’s chance of being awarded grant funding. Jeremy Miner’s and Kelly Bal-Stahl’s formidable experience writing successful grants informs every page and reminds us to 'go big or go home!' The small investments of money (to purchase this resource) and time (to read through the book) will have considerable returns. Every academic library should purchase this book!"—Stephanie H. Wical, Electronic Resources and Acquisitions Librarian, Mugar Memorial Library, Boston University
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