Grant Seekers Guide to the Galaxy: Preparing Passionate Proposals

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The practice of writing, developing and researching for applications and proposals is often met with laboured groans as one works through the tedious task of grant writing. However, if we can learn to be more effective and strategic, maybe it doesn't have to be so hard!    
Focusing on the essential elements of a proposal, this workshop will provide participants with tips, insights and strategies for effective grant writing. Through this exploration, participants will enhance their skills and gain new tools and resources to achieve success in their grant writing endeavours.

Topics covered:

  • The Context of Grant Writing 
    • Knowing the environment you are working in and understanding the competition
  • Steps to grant writing:
    • Identifying Need
    • Being Prepared
    • Researching Potential Funders
    • Reviewing the Application
    • Contacting the Funder 
    • Writing the grant
    • After the Congrats call
Following this discussion, a panel of funders will offer their insights and answer questions.

Level: Beginner – Intermediate

Target Audience: Executive Directors, board members, new fundraising professionals and any staff who are interested in enhancing their current grant writing skills.

Additional Investment Information:
*When you register you may notice a Special Rate. What does that mean and who can take advantage of this rate?

  • Only applicable to Pillar member ORGANIZATIONS (staff and/or volunteers) that pay a $70.00 membership fee indicating that their operating budget is less than $100,000
  • 5 of these spots available per workshop and they are first come first serve.
  • Additional spots may be added at a later date. If you have already registered you cannot apply the discount.
  • The special rate is not applicable to individual members
  • To take advantage of the Special Member Rate please email or call 519-433-7876 x 215 to receive the discount code. 

About the presenter:

Sheila Simpson helps not for profit organizations increase their capacity through facilitation, relationship building and community development. For over 17 years, Sheila served as a Program Manager for the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Sheila has reviewed thousands of grant applications and brings a funder's lens to her work. Sheila is also the resident GrantsEdge Coach for the GrantsEdge program. 

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