An education grant writer’s professional bookshelf: 19 must-reads
Here are some of Dr. Judy Riffle's favorite references on her professional bookshelf
Samuel Johnson said, “A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.” This is a great quote that can point to how to create a competitive grant narrative as well as to a love of reading and books.
Successfully funded grant narratives don’t leave any questions in the mind of the reviewer and read like a symphony, leading to a clear picture of the project. The reader of a grant application must be able to take the narrative and run the project independently, without any confusion. Don’t leave the reader confused; fill in all those blanks that might appear in their minds before you submit that application.
I love to read, and wish I had more time to conquer all the books on my to-do list. Here are some of my favorite references on my bookshelf, which I hope can assist other education grant professionals to improve their writing and grant application skills. Other books on this list have been recommended by fellow grant consultants.
I hope you find these suggested books helpful in your journey to craft successfully funded grant applications through successful fundraising techniques, strong budgets, stellar writing and good grammar.
What are some of your favorite books in the grant professional world?
About the author
Judy Riffle, Ed.D, is a former teacher, university mentor, and K-12 central office administrator with degrees in special education, Deaf education and educational leadership. She was a school district Director of Federal and State Programs in Arizona, including additional hats as a grant writer/manager, English Language Learner Director, Homeless Student Liaison, technology committee facilitator, fundraiser and teacher professional development coordinator. Dr. Riffle began writing state, federal, corporate and foundation grants in 2008 for a school district, and branched out to independent grant consulting in 2011. Since 2012, she has served on six federal grant review panels. Encompassing over 20 years of experience in the field of education, she also serves on the Grant Professionals Association Grant News Publications Subcommittee, Grant Professionals Foundation Marketing Committee, the GPF Silent Auction Committee, and several nonprofit Governing Boards.