Grant Seeker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Preparing Passionate Proposals

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:

Lori Runciman from London Community Foundation
Rebekah Morrison-Wize from London Arts Council
Jo-Ann Hutchison is a Regional Advisor with the Provincial Government

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.

Are you a small or grassroots nonprofit member organization with an operating budget of under $100,000? You may be able to save an additional 50% off the registration fee. 
Learn if you are eligible for the SMALL NONPROFIT MEMBER DISCOUNT RATE.


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. 

Thank you to our 2020 Professional Development Sponsors:

Western Continuing Studies and Fanshawe Corporate Training Solutions

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