Nonprofit Work’s popular grants-focused “skillshares” continue with a reprise of our five-part series comprising four 90-minute, subject-driven sessions and a final 90-minute Q&A session that covers all four previous topics and other grants-related questions. Go directly to series registration
Details: All five sessions run from 2:00 p.m. EST until 3:30 p.m., with the final 30 minutes being a Q&A about the preceding hour. (The final Q&A session consists entirely of a question-and-answer session).
The five grants skillshares include:
(Oct. 26) HOW GRANTS WORK — An overview of the basic steps necessary to successfully plan, develop, and submit grant applications in a timely and effective manner. Includes how to:
• Plan programs and budgets before seeking grants
• Research grant opportunities
• Approach and develop relationships with grantmakers before applying
• Prepare typical grant information and materials
(Oct. 28) PRE-GRANT PLANNING AND BUDGETING — Planning the programs and projects that your organization seeks to fund, and developing realistic budgets to determine your funding needs, as well as the amounts and uses of your grant requests. Topics include:
• Developing outcomes and objectives, and the activity plans to achieve them
• Creating budgets to accurately portray your organization and its programs
• Formatting and presenting budgets in funding proposals and applications
• Tracking, measuring, and evaluating a program’s success
(Oct. 30) RESEARCHING AND APPROACHING GRANTMAKERS — The basics of identifying grantmakers and assessing how their interests and goals mesh with those of your organization and its programs. Topics include:
• Sources and methods for researching and selecting grant opportunities
• Introducing your organization and its needs to a grantmaker to obtain their input, guidance, and in some cases an “invitation” before applying
• Using e-mail, phonecalls, and letters to communicate with grantmakers
(Nov. 2) PREPARING AND SUBMITTING GRANT PROPOSALS — Time-saving approaches to gathering and preparing commonly-requested information you can use for every proposal to a potential funder. Topics include:
• Preparing standard materials such as a proposal narrative, budget, and attachments before applying
• Completing and submitting grant proposals in accordance with your grantseeking plan and calendar
• Following up proposals after they are submitted and after funders decide whether to fund your project
(Nov. 5) YOUR GRANTS QUESTIONS, ANSWERED — The final installment of NPW’s grants skillshare series is a full 90-minute Q&A session devoted to answering questions about all aspects of grantseeking. Whether you’re participating in the whole series, one or two sessions, or even none at all, this concluding session offers a very cost-effective way to get a grantwriting consultant’s input on your proposal, and allows participants to share their real-world experience and advice.
Instructor: Nonprofit Works founder Paul Mastrodonato has helped nonprofits obtain funding from foundations, corporations, and government agencies for over 25 years. Paul’s presentation style is known for being informative, interactive, relaxed, and fun.
Cost: $150.00 for the complete series or $30 for single skillshares. (Inquire about group discounts.) Includes training materials and templates that participants can customize for their organizations’ specific needs.
"For some unknown reason, I had this perspective that grant writing was some elusive, untouchable thing. You made that view dissipate in the first hour. I’m looking forward to putting the tools you gave me to work ..."