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Advanced Proposal Writing

May 12th, 2021
10:00AM to 12:00PM
Zoom - information to be emailed
Consultant, Grantseeker, Nonprofit
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Grants typed out on a label next to a keyboard.

Program Description:

Nonprofit organizations often seek grant support but fall short in receiving an award. Competition for grants continue to grow as government funding dwindles. Learn how to present your case for support no matter the type or size of grant you are requesting. This session will sharpen your grant-seeking skills by making your proposal reviewer friendly and competitive.

From analyzing request for proposals to making your case for support using 2,000 or less characters, this workshop will help you prepare successful paper and paperless proposal narratives including those to the different levels of government. There will be a discussion on the use of visual aids to help reviewers understand the intent of your proposed project and answering the sustainability question. You will also learn techniques to use when preparing proposals to obtain grants for capacity-building projects and capital campaigns.

The intended learning goals are as follows:

  • Understand the current giving trends of foundations, corporations, and government agencies
  • Analyze request for proposals (RFPs) to determine a fit with your proposed project
  • Prepare reviewer friendly proposals
  • Formulate strategies for seeking grants in the time of COVID-19
  • Prepare proposals for multi-year, million dollar projects

This workshop provides learning opportunities for intermediate to advanced (10+ years) grant seekers. The ideal participants will be those with two or more years of experience preparing grant proposals who have an understanding how to develop a strong needs statement, goals and outcomes, evaluation strategies, and the budget and justification for the project/program they propose

About our Presenter:

Diane Gedeon-Martin has focused on grants, grant seeking, and fund development for nonprofit organizations for 30 years. She launched The Write Source in 1993 that today boasts a roster of over 280 clients in 26 states and Washington, DC. With her assistance, her clients received grants ranging from $5,000 to upwards of $5.0 million for new and current programs, special projects, research, and capital campaigns from all types of foundations, corporations, and the different levels of government. In fact, she specializes in submitting grant proposals to 14 of the 26 federal grantmaking departments and agencies.

She is a popular speaker, instructor, and certified Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) Master Trainer. For 14 years, she was a faculty member of The Fund Raising School at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University where she also co-authored the curriculum for their Grant Proposals course. She is currently an instructor for Philanthropy Massachusetts, The Alliance – Voice for Community Nonprofits in Connecticut, and the Principles of Fundraising program offered by the Connecticut Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Because of her expertise in the field, Diane is a frequent speaker at conferences sponsored by local, state, national, and international associations. Diane is a 27-year member of AFP, a Legacy Member of the Grant Professionals Association (GPA), and a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Philanthropic Counsel (APC).

Zoom information will be sent via email in advance of the session.

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