6 sessions – 2 Weeks – Dec. 1, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 2020 – All sessions are 1:00-3:00 pm U.S. Central Time

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Workshop Description:

Grant Writing Readiness: Effective grants build on an agency’s strengths, accomplishments and capacity and convince funders that a strong return on investment is likely. This workshop teaches core concepts of effective grants that can be used for both private and public funders. Many grant writers work incredibly hard but are so busy with increasing compliance, financial and legal requirements, that grants are often not planned well. While last minute grants are sometimes funded, they often do not provide present your agency at its best. Poorly planned grants are more obvious in today’s online environment because there is less space to make a strong case. Build the capacity of your grant writing team. Everyone in your organization has a role to play in the success of your resource development efforts. Teamwork and planning improve your readiness to submit competitive, successful grants. Use your team to help with basic pre-planning, review & editing, and a thoughtful analysis of organizational capacity.

Learn the 5 questions your organization should ask before submitting proposals and the components of a competitive grant *Discover how to analyze funder priorities and make “the right ask” *Develop budgets that make sense for your agency’s bottom line * Make a strong case for operating funding *Learn the ranking, scoring, & review process for grants *Build your agency’s grant submission team *Develop your plan to impress funders during site visits *Increase your available time for larger, more complex (and lucrative!) grants by training others in your organization who wish to develop the capacity to write some of your smaller renewal grants *Discuss simple strategies to build and maintain an ongoing relationship with your funder(s) * Review the basic steps necessary to ensure that your agency will be remembered with respect (not dread!) when you re-apply for funding.

The Grant Scoring/Ranking/Review Process: Experiential learning is required! Participate in a live internal grant review panel. This requires a brave soul who will share a grant, budget, workplan and attachments, which will be reviewed by other participants.

Special Offer: This brave individual attends at a 50{fc6ceb31d80ec6fabac42d0f5acbad593f1794ee702287db734e3a34db1da57f} discount on the Early Bird Registration Fee. Note: You may submit an existing proposal or a grant for a program that has since ended (but nothing prior to 2017). Participants will read, score, and write review comments in advance of the workshop. During the workshop, we will convene the grant review panel to give feedback to the grant writer on how to make the grant more competitive. We will review the budget, workplan, and attachments.

Experience a strategic grant review rather than a “wordsmithing” exercise *Learn to convene and internal grant review panel to increase competitive submissions *Understand how to use Word Tables, develop budgets and narratives in Excel, develop multi-year budgets and show matching costs *Develop data that makes your community need clear *Frame your organization’s impact in compelling terms *Discuss concepts like “supplant” and supplement *Ask all your questions!

Intended Audience: Build your grant writing team! Give your Beginners and experienced grant writers in nonprofits, tribal organizations, schools and public agencies can benefit from revisiting grant writing best practices and learning new strategies to make your grants more powerful and effective. Advocates, case managers, administrative assistants, office managers, and Executive Directors, Board Members, Program Directors, and other interested individuals are welcome to attend.

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