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Grant Writing Simplified: A Training for Non-Profits, Educators, and Human Service

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Presented by Linda Karges-Bone, Ed. D

Note: This training is also being offered in Charleston on April 20

Date: Friday, June 15, 2012

Time: Noon - 4:00 PM

Poplar Conference Room
Midlands Center
8301 Farrow Road
Columbia, SC
Directions to the Poplar Conference Room

Cost: $75, payable to the University of South Carolina
Mail to Shirley McKenzie, SC Assistive Technology Program, USC Center for Disability Resources, Columbia, SC  29208

Presenter: Linda Karges-Bone, Ed. D


The half-day session will include:

  • An overview of grant writing and proposal design
  • Trends in funding
  • Sources and resources for funding AT
  • An opportunity to ask questions and seek guidance from one of the country’s top grant writers, who has helped to secure millions of dollars of funding  for non-profits that serve high poverty, special needs, and youth/family populations.

Each participant will also get a copy of the best-selling book The Educator’s Guide to Grants with CD that contains funding sources and sample grants for AT and special needs.

Participants are invited to bring a bag lunch. Drinks will be provided.


  • Complete the Grant Writing Simplified online registration form
  • For questions, call Will McCain at (803) 935-5004 or Lydia Durham at (803) 935-5263 or 800-915-4522.
  • This workshop will be cancelled if we do not have at least 12 participants registered by June 6th.

More Information About Dr. Bone

About the Book:
DAYTON, OH – This updated edition of The Educator’s Guide to Grants is the next step for teachers and administrators of non-profits who know the basics of grant writing but who are ready to go after larger, more specific grants to meet unique needs in their learning communities. Several areas of need are addressed within the book: special education, technology, the arts, health and wellness, academic intervention, and professional development. In The Educator’s Guide to Grants, educators will find tips and techniques for designing a grant in the specific area; a sample grant written (and received) by a teacher; and a carefully screened list of funding sources matched to the area.

Dr. Linda Karges-Bone, Ed. D., an educator, author, and director of the consulting firm Education InSite (, wrote her first successful grant while still a teenager. Millions of dollars later, she specializes in writing and evaluating grants for schools and non-profits around the U.S.
In this book, she shares:

  • Techniques for designing grants for areas most in need of funding, including intervention, technology, the arts, wellness, and professional development
  • A detailed review of the components of a proposal
  • A step-by-step timeline for grant submission
  • Sample proposals in each topical area
  • A CD with multiple sources of funding
  • Strategies for working with grant funders
  • Tips for hot topics and timely wording

Both schools and non-profits that serve children and families can increase their chances for funding by employing Dr. Bone’s “grant-getting” strategies. The Educator’s Guide to Grants is available for sale online at or by calling 1-800-444-1144.

About the Author:
Dr. Linda Karges-Bone currently prepares future teachers at Charleston Southern University in Charleston, South Carolina, where she is a Professor of Education. The author of 28 books for teachers, Dr. Bone specializes in curriculum and assessment and also writes children's stories. She holds an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. When she isn't presenting around the country for Staff Development for Educators, Linda enjoys living in the coastal region of South Carolina with her husband Gary, a bio-medical engineer; their two daughters, Carolyn and Audrey Jayne, and a rescue dog named T.S. Eliot.

A Message from Dr. Bone:

Try Not Buy is the Key to a Funded Grant Proposal

I have been writing grants since I was 18 years old and directing a small non-profit program for special needs children in the rural South. Don't ask me how I got the job. That is another story!
Still, the first thing I learned was that the programs I wanted to do for these needy children would not only have to be planned and carried out, by me, but that the funding would have to be orchestrated by me - using grants.

Now, I had heard the word "grant" as a verb. I did not yet know that it was a noun. I quickly learned that "the grant" was essential. As an English major in college, I fancied myself a writer. So, I set my mind to writing my first proposal on a manual typewriter in the attic of the church that provided space for the organization. I was not of legal age, so one of the retired school teachers who sat on the board of directors had to sign the documents. To our surprise, that is me and the board, the grant was funded. I wrote more grants. All were funded.

Today, I am one of the most successful grant writers in the country and have written three best-selling books on the topic. I will share with you the most essential piece of information about grant writing that I learned 30 years ago. You must TRY not BUY.

What Is Try not Buy?

Novices in grant writing tell me at a workshop that:

  1. We need _____.
  2. I want to get _____.
  3. We have to have ______ for our project.
  4. I am going to get _____with the grant.

You can fill in the blanks with just about any object or person, but you won't get it funded. That is because you have the wrong idea about grants. A grant proposal isn't about what you will buy. That is part of the budget.

A grant is about what you want to "Try to do or change" in the organization, community, or population that you serve.

Here are a few examples:

  • We want to buy assistive technology equipment for pre-schoolers. WRONG
  • We want to try to improve reading readiness scores among 3-5 year old Latino boys in an urban pre-school setting. RIGHT
  • Our organization will buy DVDs, a part-time social worker, and learning materials for our parenting project. WRONG
  • Our organization will try a project called "Parenting Power" to improve the readiness of three and four-year-olds for school. RIGHT
You get the idea. Buying will happen, once you get funded. But you must convince the funders that what you plan on Trying is worth it.

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