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Grant Writing Workshops

Grant Writing 101

Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, we are currently not offering our in-person Grant Writing Workshops.

There's more to grant writing than just "writing." A lot more.

This half-day workshop covers the basics of foundation grant research and grant writing. You'll learn how to find your best prospects and write your own grant proposals.

This workshop combines lecture, group discussion, and hands-on activities to reinforce course material.

The focus of this workshop is foundation grants.
(State and federal grants are not part of this program.)

TARGET AUDIENCE Nonprofit Staff, Board Members, and Volunteers
EXPERIENCE LEVEL Beginners and Advanced Beginners
FORMAT Workshop
DURATION Half Day

Participant Outcomes

You can expect to learn the following:

  • How grants fit in the "big picture" of nonprofit funding
  • How to find and qualify your best grant prospects
  • An overview of 2 popular research databases and one (free!) research tool
  • 5 questions you must answer in every grant proposal
  • Budget basics
  • 20 easy and effective ways to improve your writing
  • 10 reasons why you might not apply for a grant

This workshop includes the popular "Ask Me Anything" segment, based on Laura's experience as a grant maker and a grant seeker.


What People Say About This Workshop

Laura's outlines for grant application content were very helpful in making sure my grants include the appropriate information. I keep your handy Common Grant Proposal Elements on my desk!

Laura was great and really knew her material. I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and found it very useful. I am more confident that I will be able to write a great proposal.

Thank you for an amazing session today! I learned so much and am feeling really confident about tackling some upcoming grant work.

Your general enthusiasm is invigorating, you're experienced & approachable. Great day! Lots of information that I hope to put to good use. Thank you!


About the Instructor

Laura Rhodes is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and fundraising trainer who has 20+ years of experience working with - and for - nonprofits. As a former program officer with an international corporate foundation, Laura brings a unique perspective to the fundraising process. She knows what works, what doesn't, and why.


Upcoming Dates for this Program

No events are currently scheduled. Contact Laura to schedule an event in your area.

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