2016 Grant Writing Training & Coaching Program

This is a 6-week training and coaching program designed to empower you to be able to raise more money for your organization through grant writing. 

Each week, you'll receive personal coaching and training as well as group instruction and discussion with a select group of no more than 12 of your peers. You'll also receive tools and templates as well as feedback on the proposals on which you are working.  Although the program ends after 6 weeks, the support and service continues for a year following training, during which time you can informally consult with the leader and have up to 2 proposals in preparation evaluated for feedback on ways that you can strengthen your applications. The course begins in mid-January. 

WEEKLY Coaching Sessions

You’ll Receive 1:1 coaching from Rebecca personally.  In 1-30 minute call each week, we’ll discuss your progress, your challenges, and your particular organization.  Rebecca will give you feedback, suggestions, and resources to help you on your journey. Individual coaching sessions are scheduled at mutually agreeable times. 

Most prior course participants say that this is one of their favorite parts of the course. They love the personal attention, the opportunity to ask questions about their situations, and the personal coaching and benefit from this greatly.

Each week, you’ll also participate in a one and one-half hour group meeting during which we’ll spend part of the time on instruction (typically about 1 hour) and part-time of the time discussing the work you are creating and the challenges you face.  This is a great opportunity not only to learn from the instructor, but also to learn from each other, to brainstorm solutions with your peers, and receive peer feedback.

Throughout the program, you’ll be free to Tweet, email, or text Rebecca for quick answers to brief questions.  

In addition, Rebecca will evaluate and give you feedback on the program assignments throughout the 6 weeks to make your grant writing sharper and stronger.

You’ll also receive help managing the whole grant writing process and organizing and receive many tips, templates, and copies of funded grants.

Proposal Review & Assistance

Rebecca will also offer you a free evaluation with suggested ways to strengthen up to 2 of your proposals during the year following your class’s completion. As you are on your own after the program working on grant applications, you can reach out to her for support, with questions, to review parts of your writing, and to discuss ways to make your writing stronger.

What Makes This Program Unique?

Many grant courses are taught in much larger sessions with 25 or more students. The instructor may or may not get to know you and your personal situation during the course (in most cases won’t get to know you).  And while you may be given good course content, you are left alone to figure out how to apply it to your situation.  

This course is offered in a small group format. You have regular interaction with your course instructor. During the course, you will be working not only to read and hear the material, you will also be working to apply the material to your specific situation. This will foster greater learning and retention. It will also give you an opportunity to know what you really understand and where you might be confused and need more information.

In addition, the course doesn't end when the class meetings stop. You continue to have access to personal assistance from the instructor for a one year period.

All participants must commit to participating for the whole 6 weeks and should be prepared to spend approximately 2 hours/week on course assignments.  It's recommended that nonprofit professionals seek the support of the Board of Directors or their Executive Directors to ensure time can be dedicated for the program.

THIS PROGRAM will begin in mid-january 2016 (see schedule below).

Class Size is Limited to

to Ensure Personal

Attention


Topics Covered

The Universe of Grants

  • Types of Funders
  • The Role of Grants in Your Overall Development Program
  • Which Types of Projects are Likely to Be Funded
  • Becoming "Grant Ready"

Finding the Money

  • How to Find Grant Opportunities
  • How to Determine if the Grant Opportunity is a Good Fit For Your Organization
  • How to Research the Funder
  • Initial Approaches
  • Developing Relationships with Funders

The Elements of a Great Proposal

  • How to Write a Compelling Statement of Need 
  • What Funders are Looking for in Your Organizational History
  • Program Goals and Outcomes
  • Logic Models
  • How to Respond to the Sustainability Question
  • Site Visits

Budgeting, Management & Reporting

  • Do’s and Don’ts of Budget Writing
  • What to Do After You Win the Grant
  • Working with Your Colleagues on Grants Management
  • Reporting

Other Topics

  • Where to go to find Help
  • What to expect when working with a professional grant writer or program evaluator
  • Available Resources

Program Schedule

Upon registration, the instructor will call you to learn more about you, to give you an orientation to the program, and to learn more about what you need from the program so that the program can be tailored to you and your needs as much as possible.

Group Program Meetings


All Class meetings are held online from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. E.S.T. on Thursday afternoons. The January-February 2016 session class dates are:
  • Jan 22
  • Jan 29
  • Feb 5
  • Feb 12
  • Feb 19
  • Feb26

 

*All individual coaching sessions are scheduled at mutually-agreeable times. Date and Times listed in above table are Eastern Time. If this proposed schedule does not work for all interested in the class, the instructor might reschedule. Call for more information: 706-429-8683.

Registration TypeDeadlineCost
  Early BirdJanuary 13, 2015$399  
  General Registration       Jan 20, 2016$495

SPECIAL OFFER

Because it can be so useful for more than one person from an organization to understand the grant process, if one person from an organization registers, another staff member (an Executive Director, Finance Director or other Development staffer, for examples) can attend as well at no additional charge! 


WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT OUR FALL 2015 GRANTS COACHING CLASS...

"WHAT A GREAT WAY TO HAVE A COACH ON YOUR SIDE."

Fantastic one-on-one help for the new or experienced grant-writer!

REBECCA CAN TAKE YOU FROM WHERE YOU ARE TO WHERE YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE! 

IT’S LIKE HAVING AN EXPERIENCED DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR IN YOUR OFFICE ONCE A WEEK – A TOTAL LUXURY FOR THE ONE PERSON OFFICE