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Jan Eastman

Jan Eastman

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Understanding RFPs and Grant Opportunities

Principle & Standard

4. Fundraising

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Course Description

This training is for anyone involved in grant writing or project proposals. It will help you understand the Request for Proposal (RFP) process, how to determine if you should apply, provide tips for developing a winning proposal, and identify common proposal writing mistakes. After you find a grant opportunity, there are two basic steps to follow for grant writing: planning the content and writing/submitting the grant proposal. In this training, you will learn the essential basics of grant writing so you can write more persuasive proposals to secure more resources for your organization.

Part 1 (Morning): Where to Find the Money

  • Competition for funding has never been greater, with the proliferation of nonprofits well outpacing the robust growth in new foundations. Not surprisingly, online databases offering information on grant-makers are also increasing. Learn how to find grants through three (3) online databases and look at several RFP (Request for Proposal) formats to determine if it’s worth your time to apply for the grant.

Part 2 (Afternoon): How to Get the Money

  • After you find a grant opportunity, there are two basic steps to follow for grant writing: planning the content and writing/submitting the grant proposal. Learn the essential basics of grant writing so you can write more persuasive proposals to secure more resources for your organization. We will look at the sections that are common to most grant applications and learn how to research, build, and save them for ‘cpa’ work—cut, paste, and attach--for future grants. We’ll also cover the actual writing, formatting, and submission of the grant proposal.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to...

  • list three (3) key factors to review in an RFP before deciding to apply.
  • state the four (4) most important segments of a proposal.
  • explain two (2) circumstances when grants are NOT the best solution.
  • list three (3) places to look for grant opportunities.
  • plan and develop the content of a grant proposal that is re-usable.
  • write and submit the grant proposal according to the guidelines.