I’m always looking for ways to improve my skills and gifts. I like to think I’m a pretty good writer at this point, but that doesn’t mean I have no room for improvement.
We all have room for improvement. Always. And since I love to read and totally believe that books are magical, transformative things that can change your life, I usually look to books first when I want to learn and become better.
So if you are also looking to upgrade your grant writing chops, or even just want to start learning as a beginner, you are in luck. In this post I’ve listed my top 5 fave books for honing your grant skills.
There’s no substitute for buckling down and writing, but rather than working away in the dark, hoping your writing is improving, I suggest you give yourself some guidelines and read up on what makes a great grant writer.
In no particular order, here are my top 5 recommendations for books every aspiring grant writer (and even seasoned pros) should read and keep in their personal library:
- The Only Grant Writing Book You’ll Ever Need by Ellen Karsh & Arlen Sue Fox
- Write to Influence! By Carla D. Bass
- Demystifying Grant Seeking: What You Really Need to Do to Get Grants by Larissa Golden Brown & Martin John Brown
I have found a wealth of information, insights, tricks, and tips in these books and I believe that you will, too. If you could only have 5 books in your grant writing collection from which you had to learn to write grants, I would recommend these.
Also, definitely get yourself a mentor if you can. Mentors are invaluable in that they can offer insights, act as editors, and steer you away from common grant writing pitfalls. I found my mentors by joining the Grant Professionals Association, so if you aren’t sure where to look, start there.
I want to note that I don’t make any money off of sales of these books. I’m not affiliated and they don’t sponsor me. I think they are great resources which have helped me and I believe they can help you, too. That’s why I’m sharing.
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