WINNING THE GRANT WRITING GAME: A four-part series on writing, researching, evaluating, and reporting grants
(1.5 CEU in Fund Development/Communication and 0.5 CEU in Organizational Planning, Management, and Evaluation)
Grant writing has rules, just like chess or backgammon. To be successful, you need to learn the rules. You need to practice your “game,” becoming more expert with each successful proposal. The end result? A winning strategy!
Participants will be asked to sign up for a four-part series of one day classes that will cover all aspects of successful proposal writing, with a focus on local foundations, corporations, and government funding opportunities. The classes will review the critical process of researching funders to match funding opportunities with your non-profit’s program and activities, as well as strategies for approaching funders. In addition, classes will cover the essential elements of the proposal, including case and need statements, program design, evaluation, and the budget, with a particular emphasis on stewardship and reporting. And because your organization has many different kinds of supporters – not merely foundations, corporations, and government funders – we’ll also look at techniques for writing successful solicitation letters, case statements, newsletters, and similar products.
Participants will learn about these topics.
- Funding trends
- Different types of grants and the grant process
- The parts of a proposal
- Research techniques
- Government grants, how to find them, and understanding who should and should not apply for them
- Techniques for improving your writing
- Writing effective proposal elements
- Writing budgets
- Writing collaterals pieces: case statements, annual reports, interim reports, and more.
- Creating an evaluation plan
- Understanding why and how to measure outcomes
- Creating your final report
- Trends in corporate philanthropy
- Understanding how and why corporations give
- Understanding different types of corporate support
- How to search for corporate support