Grant Writing Workshop for Nonprofit Professionals

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This three-day intensive grant writing workshop is organized for all levels of grant writers who want to improve their skills and complete a submission-ready proposal.  Emphasis is on the nonprofit grant writing professional.

The series is offered over the course of three months to allow nonprofits ample time to learn grant writing basics, locate a potential grant appropriate to your specific organization or project and to submit a strong proposal. Download our flyer for more information.

The facilitators, Susan Wilger and Lisa Jimenez, together have more than 50 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and have written hundreds of local state and federal grants resulting in millions of dollars in awards. Susan and Lisa will be joined by other experienced grant writers to present workshop topics and assist participants in sharpening their grant writing skills.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Finding the right funder for your organization and/or program
  • Identify the different application documents and proposal processes required by funders.
  • Understand post-award responsibilities of grant stewardship.
  • Identify proposal formats and documents that are typically prepared by grant writers.
  • Understand technical use of language employed in grant proposals.
  • How to create a logic model.
  • Budget development
  • Incorporating the right feedback for a more polished and persuasive proposal.

Please see below for a detailed course description.

Cost:  The entire three-session series is $295 plus registration fee, or attend a single session for $100 plus registration fee. The series is offered in scenic Silver City, New Mexico, by the Nonprofit Resource Group, a program of the National Center for Frontier Communities. Need help deciding which option is right for you?  Please don’t hesitate to contact either of the session facilitators, Lisa Jimenez or Susan Wilger.

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Session 1: FUNDAMENTALS OF GRANT SEEKING
Facilitators: Susan Wilger, Lisa Jimenez, and Kendra Milligan

Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Time: 9AM to 5PM

Session Content 
This six-hour session provides an introduction to the preparation, processes and resources of grant seeking for nonprofit organizations. Participants will learn how to develop proposal concepts, partnerships and other vital groundwork necessary to support grant seeking. Steps in the grant seeking processes and how to use on-line resources such as The Foundation Directory, will be reviewed. Successful ways to approach foundations, organizations and individuals for funding will be discussed.

Session Goal: 

Upon successful completion of this session the participants will be able to:

  • Understand the societal and philanthropic context for grant seeking.
  • Understand who is eligible for grants (grant seekers) and what entities offer grants (funders or grant makers).
  • List key factors to look for to determine if the funder is a good fit for your organization.
  • Describe essential components to have in place prior to applying for a grant.
  • Identify the main steps in the grant seeking process, including how to document and track your grant seeking efforts.
  • Identify the different application documents and proposal processes required by funders.
  • Appreciate the expertise, resources, and role of program officers and foundation staff, as well as the relationship-building process between grant seekers and grant makers.
  • Understand the post-award responsibilities of grant stewardship.
  • Understand the learning curve and importance of quality feedback to the grant writing skill development process.
  • Create a plan for grant training and professional development.
  • Identify potential funders that are a good fit for their organization.

Session 2: PREPARING COMMON GRANT PROPOSALS 
Facilitators: Susan Wilger, Lisa Jimenez, and Kendra Milligan

Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Time: 9AM to 5PM

Session Content
This six-hour session provides an introduction to writing and preparing common publicly-funded and foundation proposals. Participants will learn about components commonly found in most funding applications and how to address them. Other topics covered in this session include: learning and following guidelines of grant applications, aligning budget objectives with the program design and effective methods of preparation and submission.

Session Goal: 

Upon successful completion of this session the participants will be able to:

  • Explain the basic parts of a grant proposal and the information contained in each section.
  • Identify the proposal formats and documents that are typically prepared by grant writers.
  • Understand the technical use of language employed in grant proposals.
  • Describe how best to review and follow guidelines for grant applications.
  • Assemble organizational information and data required to prepare a common grant.
  • Outline, format and insert sections of the proposal.
  • Write logical and persuasive statements linking parts of the proposal.
  • Prepare a logic model.
  • Prepare an adequate budget.

Session 3: GRANT WRITING LAB
(Must have attended Sessions 1 and 2 or be pre-approved by Susan Wilger  or Lisa Jimenez)

Facilitators: Susan Wilger, Lisa Jimenez, Renee Despres and Jose Herrera
Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017

Time: 9AM to 3:30PM

Session Content
During this five-hour session participants will receive knowledge and tools to prepare their own grants. Participants will bring an actual grant proposal they are working on or would like to submit in the future (in draft format). The “lab” will provide individualized feedback from experienced grant writers and peers. Experienced grant writers will be paired with participants to critique drafts and assist in editing and provide helpful feedback. This session is designed to enable participants to polish their proposals and get them ready for submission. Completion of the “Fundamentals of Grant Seeking” and “Preparing Common Grant Proposal” classes or pre-approval by instructor is required.

Session Goal:

Upon successful completion of this session the participants will be able to:

  • Formulate thoughts and ideas for a proposal.
  • Examine proper vocabulary and grammar to write a more effective proposal.
  • Search on line for various samples and ideas to extrapolate and add to their needs and program design.
  • Incorporate feedback for a more polished proposal.
  • Develop an actual grant proposal to use for their organization.

All sessions will take place in Silver City, NM, at Hidalgo Medical Services Silver City Community Health Center’s Community Rooms, 1007 N. Pope Street.

For more information, please contact:

NRG at (575) 597-0035 or NRG@swchi.org

Susan Wilger at (575) 597-0039 or swilger@swchi.org