Grant Writers' Toolkit



2015 DOJ Grants Financial Guide


Adverse Affects/Economic Impact of Child Maltreatment bibliography. Compiled by the National Children's Advocacy Center, 2011.

Comprehensive Community Initiatives
Mainly for federal grant and policy staff, but this site provides information of interest to other people who work with, in or support community change efforts, including state, local and private funders, technical assistance providers, evaluators and community groups.

Federal and State Initiatives Grant Writing Workshop

Frameworks Institute
The mission of the Frameworks Institute is to advance the nonprofit sector's communications capacity by identifying, translating and modeling relevant scholarly research for framing the public discourse about social problems.

Grantsmanship Center
Trainings and publications based on a philosophy, a code of ethics, and a set of skills that, when practiced together, produce positive change.

The Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel HIll 
Grant Proposals (or Give me the Money!)

Guide for Proposal Writing
An excellent overview of ways to write grant proposals, prepared by the National Science Foundation.

Justice Resource Update: Supporting the Field: A Wise Investment
In this issue, you’ll meet one of our many grant managers who works with local practitioners to make sure OJP is spending taxpayer dollars wisely. These grant managers are an essential partner for criminal and juvenile justice practitioners throughout the country. Office of Justice Programs, 2010.

KPMG (2015). The Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre: Social Return on Investment Study. Vancouver, CA: Author.

Proposal Writing Short Course
An online guide to writing proposals prepared by the Foundation Center.

Developing and Writing Grant Proposals
From the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, a general introduction to writing federal grants.

Grant Writing Resources and Tips
Scholastic's useful introduction to locating grant sources and preparing proposals, especially for school-based programs.

OJJDP Online University Resource Center. Over 300 publications with the facts and figures to back up your proposal.

Toolkit for Making Written Material Clear and Effective
This 11-part Toolkit provides a detailed and comprehensive set of tools to help you make written material in printed formats easier for people to read, understand, and use. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Elements of Style
The classic guide to writing by William Strunk, Jr.

Guide to Grammar and Style
A well-organized and clear guide to the basics of English with very good notes on punctuation and grammar by a professor at Rutgers University.

Common Errors in English
Avoid word choices, confusions, and grammatical oddities that are incorrect or not recommended.

American Heritage Book of English Usage
Book is available in its entirely in electronic version through Google Books Project. After clicking on the link above, scroll down to the Contents section to view the book contents. Grammar, style, diction, word formation, gender, social groups and scientific forms, this reference work is valuable for understanding proper writing style.

CSU Writing Guides
Excellent brief guides to preparing papers, proposals and presentations, including use of graphics, research information, referencing, etc.

E-Infoweb Punctuation
A basic guide to the correct use of the commas and semi-colons, brackets and parentheses, quotation marks and hyphens, and other common symbols.


One-Look Dictionary
A meta-dictionary. Enter an English language word or acronym, and OneLook will search its index of almost 400 general and special interest dictionaries for the definition.

Roget's Thesaurus
Synonyms, acronyms and groupings of words, with an easy search format.

Acronym Finder
An online dictionary of acronyms, abbreviations and initialisms.


APA Style Guide
Summary with examples of the American Psychological Association's format for citing publications in grant proposals, articles, bibliographies, etc.

APA Style Essentials
The purpose of this document is to provide a common core of elements of APA style that all members of an academic department can adopt as minimal standards for any assignment that specifies APA style.

The Basics of APA Style (Tutorial)
This tutorial is designed for those who have no previous knowledge of APA Style. 20 minutes.

Chicago Manual of Style
Summary with examples of the Chicago Manual of Style format for citing publications in grant proposals, articles, bibliographies, etc.

MLA Style Guide
Summary with examples of the Modern Language Association's format for citing publications in grant proposals, articles, bibliographies, etc.