Essentials of Proposal Writing
Apr 30 2014
Our comprehensive online workshop covers the diversity of donors, key search engines, and converting ideas into fundable projects or research. After the workshop, you will understand how to navigate the world of grant procurement, identify the key sections of successful proposals, and demonstrate the excellence and innovation that propels your project or research beyond other submissions. You will also understand the diversity of the funding community and how to respond to various guidelines.
The training addresses the overall strategic plan for writing grants, including: needs statement, mission, goals, objectives, activities, evaluation, key personnel, and budgets. Our instructors will engage you in interactive exercises, writing, lectures, and discussions to better understand how to research, write, and develop your specific project.
Our curriculum targets:
- Beginners seeking to acquire the techniques to research and draft grant-winning proposals for various funders
- Experienced grant writers looking to polish existing skills and receive updates about funding trends
You will learn how to:
- Comprehend the diversity of the funding community
- Research and identify potential donors
- Create the right fit with the selected funding agency
- Address the guidelines of proposals
- Identify and effectively write the key elements of a proposal
- Integrate each component of the grant into the final product
- Develop focused and realistic budgets
- Package a professional grant submission
- Write winning grants that stand out among competition
Time8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
InstructorDr. Mathilda Harris
Dr. Mathilda Harris
Dr. Mathilda (Tillie) Harris holds a doctorate from George Washington University (Washington, D.C.), a Master of Arts degree from the University of Portland (Portland, Oregon) and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California (Berkeley, California).
During the past twenty years she has written grants, conducted capital campaigns, developed strategic plans on grant procurement and assisted individuals and institutions nationally and internationally to successfully write and receive funding from federal, corporate, private, foundation and multi-lateral donors.
She has conducted national and international workshops on grant planning, writing, development and procurement at such universities as Columbia University (New York), University of California (Berkeley), University of North Carolina, Carnegie Mellon University, University of London, the University of New South Wales (Australia), the University of Ottawa and various other Canadian, European, South American and Asian universities and non-profit organizations.
She has served as a reader and evaluator of grant competitions for the U.S. Department of Education, the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education, The National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
|10:00 am -||10:15 am||Welcome, Introduction and overview of materials|
|10:15 am -||10:45 am||Where is the Money?, Grant Seeking Model, 4 Key Components, and Grant Writing Model|
|10:45 am -||11:00 am||Presentation: Introduction to Grant Writing|
|11:00 am -||12:00 pm||Finding the right source of funding, establishing a relationship with a foundation, letters of inquiry, and concept papers|
|12:30 pm -||1:00 pm||Strategic Planning|
|1:00 pm -||1:45 pm||Statement of Need/Significance, examples|
|2:00 pm -||2:45 pm||Plan of Operation: goals, objectives and activities|
|2:45 pm -||4:00 pm||Evaluation, Timelines, Personnel and Budgets|
|4:00 pm -||4:30 pm||Summary of day's activities, Q & A|
Preparing for the Workshop
Begin thinking of a project you want to develop. Having a specific project in mind will help you to understand the various proposal components presented. Begin thinking of donors who could fund your project; such as a foundation, a local, state, or federal agency, a corporation, and/or individuals.
Consider how you would answer the following questions:
- 1) Why do I need the money?
- 2) Why is my idea worthy of funding?
- 3) How much money will I need?
- 4) What is the time period of my grant?
What You Will Need
- REQUIRED: Computer/Tablet - PC, Mac, iOS, Android, or Windows Mobile (mobile devices may require free appstore download)
- REQUIRED: Internet connection - This is a live webinar
- REQUIRED: Headset, headphones, or speakers - Access to a microphone or headset allows verbal questions, otherwise questions may be asked through chat box
- Organizational or Institution Information - A brief description and/or mission statement and/or current strategic plan of your institution
- Proposals - Current, planned, or past; funded or unfunded; requests for proposals; review or judging criteria; reviewers' comments or critiques
Click on your question below to see the answer. If this page does not answer your question, feel free to contact us.
Cancellation & Refund Policy
- If you are unable to attend the workshop and wish to receive a full refund, we must be notified five (5) business days prior to the start of the workshop.
- If you cancel one to four (1-4) business days prior to the start of the workshop, or the day of the workshop, no refund will be given. Instead, you will receive a credit for a future course.
- With regard to rare and unforeseen circumstances, the Grant Training Center reserves the right to reschedule or cancel a workshop. If such an event occurs, we will notify participants via email and phone at least 2 weeks before the start of the workshop. Participants who have paid, but are unable to attend a rescheduled workshop will receive either a refund or a credit toward a workshop at a later date.