The Grantbuilder™: Step-by-Step Guide to Grant Writing Workbook by La Quetta M. Shamblee, M.B.A. www.TheGrantBuilder.com “The worksheets in this book ask vital questions you must answer in order to develop a competitive grant.” Edward Grice, Associate Dean Graduate School of Nonprofit Management American Jewish University, Southern California Successful grant writing entails the mastery of fundamentals and the application of certain skills. The Grantbuilder™ introduces the grant writing process with a sequence of building blocks, “lessons,” that include examples, sample documents and “hands on” learning activities. This system will equip you with everything needed to plan, write and submit grant proposals that adhere to professional grantmaking standards. The Grantbuilder™ is professional education program for new and experienced grantwriters. Those new to the profession will receive an introduction and learning activities to master the fundamentals. Experienced grantwriters will immediately recognize the timesaving aspects of consolidating all of the information needed to prepare grants for an organization into The Grantbuilder’s proprietary Master Grant Data Worksheet. “Your book is a fantastic guide to grant writing, very thorough with lots of tremendous writing samples, checklists and other information.” Marshall Howard, J.D., CEO, Marshall Howard & Associates Author of “Let’s Have Lunch Together” and touted as the “World’s leading business relationship expert” The Grantbuilder™ Workbook includes a set of proprietary checklists and worksheets designed to streamline the grant writing process. The Grant Application Review Worksheet makes it easy to consolidate all of the pertinent information from a funder’s application into a one, two-sided page. The Grant Proposal Development Worksheet is used to create a detailed outline that contains each application question that will have to be addressed. The system of checklists and forms makes it easy to gather and organize all of the information about your program or organization into a central system. Once completed, the Master Grant Data Worksheet will serve as the repository of every category of information needed to prepare any tyoe of grant proposal. It can be updated with current information as needed, then used as your source file. This makes it easy to “cut & paste” information needed to prepare responses to any question on any type grant application. All worksheets introduced in The Grantbuilder™ Workbook are also available in both hardcopy and digital versions. The Grantbuilder™ Workbook culminates with a “hands on” activity to complete an actual grant application. One free download of the entire worksheet set is available with the purchase of each book. Two sample proposals, complete with budgets, are included in The Grantbuilder™ Workbook. One is a brief Letter of Interest (LOI) and the other is a full proposal. “This system makes the grant writing process easy to understand and manage.” Karen Blakeney-Granado, M.S. Executive Director, Chinatown Service Center Los Angeles, CA
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La Quetta Shamblee has an extensive hands-on experience in the nonprofit sector, including grants administration and contracts management. She has managed multi-disciplinary staff and grant-funded programs at some of the largest HIV/AIDS organizations in Southern California. She served as the financial administrator for Los Angeles County’s second largest HIV outpatient clinic, Deputy Director for Caring for Babies with AIDS and Director of Programs and Services for AIDS Service Center in Pasadena, CA. She was contracted to conduct the first programmatic review for Los Angeles County’s Proposition 10 Commission’s (First 5 LA) largest single contract, a $584M, five-year agreement with Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP). She has served on grant review panels for health, arts and culture and workforce development programs for government and foundation funders. She has also written RFP/RFA packets and coordinated the grantmaking process, including projects for L.A. Care Health Plan and a regional job placement program funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA aka “federal stimulus funds”) for Foothill Unity Center, a federally designated Community Action Agencies in Los Angeles County. As the founder and executive director of The Instrumental Women Project (IWP), she has hands-on experience with launching and growing a grassroots arts organization. She secured co-production grants from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission for eight consecutive years to produce IWP’s critically-acclaimed Lady Jazz™ Concert Series as part of the Ford Amphitheatre’s Summer Season. The all-woman showcase of accomplished jazz instrumentalists has received numerous commendations. Ms. Shamblee received her B.A. in Management from Pacific Christian College and an M.B.A. from Azusa Pacific University. She has resided in the San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County with her better-half Adrianne M. Hall since 1997.
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