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Competition for grants is fierce and becoming fiercer. One strategy for thriving despite the intensified competition is to keep current on the professional literature of grantsmanship.


This post presents books about grant writing that were published either in 2012 or in 2013, as well as forthcoming books slated for later in 2013. An earlier post presented books published either in 2010 or in 2011.


Research Method:

Most of the listed books represent titles found among the first 50 pages of hits on Amazon using the search terms ‘grant writing’ and ‘grants.’ Several of the titles also reflect LinkedIn members’ responses to a question posed to several groups. The searches and solicitations yielded 14 titles for 2012 and 13 more titles so far for 2013, in addition to 9 more books slated to come out later during 2013.


It is likely that the use of other sources and search terms would have led to different lists. If you are aware of other titles that fit the search parameters, please send a ‘comment’.


Scope of Coverage:

Although the list is subject to correction and revision, it is not intended to be exhaustive. Unless they were published in new editions, it does not list books from 2009 or earlier years; such books may become the topic of a later post. Inclusion of a book in the list is not an endorsement nor does it necessarily mean I have read the book. The list excludes books only about grant writing as a career or grant writing as a business. It also excludes books that promote get-rich-quick myths in grant seeking


Published in 2012:

  1. Aldridge, Jacqueline, and Derrington, Andrew M. (2012). The Research Funding Toolkit: How to Plan and Write Successful Grant Applications.
  2. Dustin, Jill C. (2012). Grant Writing and Fundraising Tool Kit for Human Services.
  3. Epps, Andrea Belcher. (2012). The Grant Writing Toolkit.
  4. Geever, Jane C. (2012). The Foundation Center’s Guide to Proposal Writing.
  5. Hexter, Jana Jane. (2012). Grant Writing Revealed: 25 Experts Share Their Art, Science, and Secrets.
  6. Li, Ping and Marrongelle, Karen. (2012). Having Success with NSF: A Practical Guide.
  7. Licklider, Mary M. and The University of Missouri Grant Writer Network. (2012). Grant Seeking in Higher Education: Strategies and Tools for College Faculty.
  8. MacKellar, Pamela H. (2012). Writing Successful Technology Grant Proposals: A LITA Guide.
  9. Maxwell, Nancy Kalikow. (2012). Grant Money Through Collaborative Partnerships.
  10. Ohrlich, Donald C. and Shrope, Nancy R. (2012). Developing a Winning Grant Proposal.
  11. Smith, Nancy and Works, E. (2012). The Complete Book of Grant Writing: Learn How to Write Grants Like a Professional.
  12. Teitel, Martin. (2012). The Ultimate Insider’s Guide to Winning Grants: A Foundation CEO Reveals the Secrets You Need to Know.
  13. United States Fire Administration and Federal Emergency Management Agency. (2012). Funding Alternatives for Emergency Medical and Fire Services: Writing Effective Grant Proposals.
  14. Yang, Otto O. (2012). Guide to Effective Grant Writing: How to Write a Successful NIH Grant Application.


Published in 2013:

  1. Coley, Soraya M. and Scheinberg, Cynthia A. (2013). Proposal Writing: Effective Grantsmanship.
  2. Crossthwaite, Mark (2013). Grant Writing for Individuals.
  3. Eisenstein, Amy M. (2013). 50 Asks in 50 Weeks: A Guide to Better Fundraising for Your Small Development Shop.
  4. Gherman, Sharon Charnell. (2013). The Art of Grant Writing: Communicating Your Vision to Funders.
  5. Harris, Kim. (2013). How to Write a Program Grant Proposal: Nonprofit Guide to Successful Grant Proposals.
  6. Illes, Judith. (2013). The Strategic Grant Seeker:  A Guide to Conceptualizing Fundable Research in the Brain and Behavioral Sciences.
  7. Klosterman, Mark. (2013). Thou Shalt Not Lie About Grants: Learning the Craft of Grant Writing.
  8. Locke, Lawrence F., Spirduso, Waneen W., and Silverman, Stephen J. (2013). Proposals That Work: A Guide for Planning Dissertations and Grant Proposals.
  9. Richardson, Kimberly. (2013). The Official Federal Grants Prep Guide: 10 Tips to Position Your Organization for Success.
  10. Schafer, Louis S. (2013). Operating Grants for Nonprofit Organizations.
  11. Shamblee, La Quetta M. (2013). The Grantbuilder:  Step-by-Step Guide to Grantwriting Workbook.
  12. Sternberg, Robert J. (2013). Writing Successful Grant Proposals from the Top Down and Bottom Up.
  13. Tomlin, Carolyn. (2013). Writing Grants for Faith Based Organizations and Community Non-Profits.


Forthcoming in 2013:

  1. Brownstein, Lauren. (2013). Grant Writing Quick Tips.
  2. Charles, Claire. (2013). Foundation Grants to Individuals.
  3. Condon, Richard. (2013). How to Write Successful Grant Proposals and Letters of Inquiry.
  4. Erickson, Jane. (2013). The Grant Writer’s Manual For Schools: Money Really DOES Grow on Trees.
  5. Gitlin, Laura N. and Lyons, Kevin J. (2013). Successful Grant Writing: Strategies for Health and Human Service Professionals. 4th Edition.
  6. O’Neal-McElrath, Tori and Carlson, Mim. (2013). Winning Grants Step by Step: The Complete Workbook for Planning, Developing and Writing Successful Proposals.
  7. Pawlicki, Dakota, Chase, James, and Kloepper, Kathryn. (2013). The Insider’s Guide to Winning Education Grants.
  8. Stevenson, Scott C. (2013). Challenge Gifts and Grants: 76 Ways to Multiply Your Fundraising Dollars.
  9. Valague, P. Esmeralda. Editor. (2013). Best Practices in Grant Seeking.




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