The U.S. government awarded $1.833 billion in grants to qualified nonprofits and institutions of higher education in 2018. Of the 98,799 grant recipients, approximately 1.0 million more received rejection notices. Is your organization ready to compete for future federal grants opportunities? Erase the complexity and confusion often associated with federal grants. Rather than relying on corporate or foundation giving, it may be time to seek out potential federal grants.
The intended goals of this workshop are as follows:
- Demystify the process of seeking federal grants for single awards of $50,000 to multi-year requests of $1.0 million or more
- Learn to carefully review federal opportunity announcements (FOAs)/request for proposals (RFP) to understand what the government wants to fund
- Plan ahead for future publication of available federal grants through online resources
- Understand the process of preparing an average 40-page, single-spaced proposal narrative in less than 15 business days
- Learn how peer reviewers score your proposal
At the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to accomplish the following:
- Obtain resources to prepare your organization to be in a position to seek federal funding
- Organize the proposal narrative based on the review criteria of the FOA/RFP
- Articulate a needs statement that reflects the local problem supported by statistical data and cited sources
- Compose the proposed solution supported by documented rationale and best practice models
- Develop a workplan using a logic model to link outcomes to the community needs, project goal and objectives, and proposed activities
- Create a detailed evaluation plan with process measures
- Use advanced grant proposal writing techniques to grab the attention of reviewers
- Produce an accurate budget and supportive budget narrative
- Prepare memorandums of understanding or agreement (MOUs/MOAs) and other required attachments in the formats required
- Commit the resources of your organization to assure proper reporting and adherence to other required policies
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. They will 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.
Diane Gedeon-Martin is a nationally recognized grants consultant, instructor, and lecturer in the area of grants and grant seeking for nonprofit organizations. For more than 25 years, she has trained over 20,000 people through her grant-seeking workshops and conference sessions. Her dedication to the field is evident in the way she speaks about the grant seeking process; her enthusiasm is contagious!
For 13 years, she was a member of the faculty of the former Connecticut Association of Nonprofits (CT Nonprofits, now renamed The Alliance after a merger) where she conducted several grant-seeking workshops annually including the popular two-day, semi-annual Grant Proposal Certificate Series. In 2015, she retired from the her position as an adjunct faculty member of The Fund Raising School (TFRS) at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University where she not only taught for 14 years but also co-developed the curriculum for the Preparing Successful Grant Proposals course.
Diane is a certified Master Trainer through the Faculty Training Academy of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) International. She is a frequent presenter at regional, national, and international conferences including six consecutive AFP International Conferences, an AFP International Audioconference, and several Grant Professionals Association (GPA) regional and national conferences. In 2017, she was the keynote speaker at the New England (NE) GPA regional conference.