Grant Writing Training

My classes run from 9:00a.m.-4:00 p.m. I provide coffee and tea and an assortment of snacks. Lunch is on your own.

Too often organizations approach grants as their salvation. While it's hard to beat the wonderful feeling of opening an envelope and finding an acceptance letter, that may well be when the true challenges begin. Unless you're received the holy grail of funding, monies toward, your grant is going to require new programs, new personnel, purchasing materials, etc. All of those items take time, and while you may account correctly for all of them in your budget, every grant I've ever received has incresed my workload.

My classes focus on grant writing, but look at grants as part of a bigger picture.

 

As part of my two-day trainings, we also asnwer the following quesitions:

  • How strong is your mission statement?

  • Why is the work that you do important?

  • How might you make initial contact with a foundation?

  • What steps can you take to increase likelihood of funding?

  • Are you using a foundation's 990 to your fullest benefit?

  • Are your letters of inquiry and year-end-appeals working?

Are you doing all these steps when writing a proposal?

  1. Ensuring you meet all eligibilty requirememtns before applying?

  2. Making an intitial contact with the funder for guidance on your proposal?

  3. Following exactly every requirement of the RFP?

  4. Reviewing the organization's 990 to see how you might tailor your proposal?

  5. Meeting every single deadline?

  6. Proofing your writing? Having others proof your writing?

  7. Using an active instead of passive voice?

  8. Making your proposal about the funder, not your organization?

  9. Following-up after your turned down to find out how you can improve next time?

  10. Re-submitting a grant until it's funded