Series details: All five workshops run from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET, followed by a question-and-answer period about any of the previous sessions — or anything else related to grantwriting and fund development. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required.
Instructor: Nonprofit Works founder Paul Mastrodonato has helped nonprofits obtain funding from foundations, corporations, and government agencies for over 30 years. Paul’s presentation style is known for being informative, interactive, relaxed, and fun.
Cost: $150.00 for the complete series. (Inquire about group discounts.) Includes training materials and templates that participants can customize for their organizations’ specific needs.
Individual session details:
(March 14) HOW GRANTS WORK — An introductory session that provides participants with a comprehensive overview of the steps involved in successfully planning, writing, and submitting grant applications in a timely and efficient way. Topics include:
- Planning programs and budgets before seeking grants
- Researching grant opportunities
- Approaching and developing relationships with grantmakers before applying
- Preparing typical grant information and materials
(March 16) PRE-GRANT PLANNING AND BUDGETING — Planning the programs and projects your organization seeks to fund, and developing realistic budgets that determine your funding needs, including the amounts and uses for your grant requests. Topics include:
- Starting with outcomes and objectives, and the methods to achieve them
- Creating budgets that reflect your organization / programs
- Formatting and presenting budgets in funding proposals
- Tracking, measuring, and evaluating program success
(March 20) RESEARCHING GRANTS — The basics of identifying grantmakers and assessing how their interests and goals fit with your organization and its programs. Topics include:
- Sources and methods for grant research
- Selecting public and private grant opportunities
(March 22) ESTABLISHING RELATIONSHIPS WITH GRANTMAKERS — Introducing your organization and its needs to potential grantmakers in order to obtain their input, guidance, and an ‘invitation’ to apply. Topics include using e-mail, phone calls, and letters to engage grantmakers in ongoing communications.
(March 24) PREPARING AND SUBMITTING GRANT PROPOSALS — Time-saving approaches to assembling the commonly-requested information organizations need for every proposal to potential funders. Topics include:
- Developing grant proposals in accordance with your fundraising plan and calendar
- Preparing standard application materials such as proposal narratives, budgets, and attachments before applying
- Following up on grant proposals after you submit them, and then again after grantmakers decide whether to fund your project
"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 ..."