Professional Grant Development

University of Texas at Dallas

Sep 23 - Sep 25 2013


Our comprehensive 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 critical 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


University of Texas at Dallas
Richardson, TX


9/23/2013 to 9/25/2013


8:30 AM to 4:30 PM daily




Dr. 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.

Condensed Agenda:

Day One
8:45 am -9:00 amOverview of Course
9:00 am -9:45 amIntroduction to the Grant Writing Process
9:45 am -10:15 amWriting Process and Formulating a Question
10:30 am -12:00 pmPresentation: "Introduction to Grant Writing"
1:00 pm -3:00 pmFinding the Right Source of Funding
3:15 pm -4:15 pmLetters of Inquiry and Proposal Letters
4:15 pm -4:30 pmSummary of the Day, Q & A
Day Two
8:30 am -8:45 amSummary of Previous Day
8:45 am -9:15 amReview of Completed Assignments
9:15 am -10:00 amOrganization or Mission
10:15 am -11:30 amStatement of Need or Significance
11:30 am -12:00 pmBasic Proposal elements: Goal
1:00 pm -2:15 pmBasic Proposal Elements: Objectives
2:15 pm -3:00 pmBasic Proposal Elements: Activities and Plan of Operation
3:15 pm -3:30 pmBasic Proposal Elements: Timeline
3:30 pm -4:15 pmBasic Proposal Elements: Evaluation
4:15 pm -4:30 pmSummary of the Day, Q & A
Day Three
8:30 am -8:45 amSummary of Previous Day and Review of Abstracts
8:45 am -9:15 amBasic Proposal Elements: Personnel
9:30 am -10:15 amBasic Proposal Elements: Outcomes and the Logic Model
10:30 am -12:00 pmBasic Proposal Elements: Budget
1:00 pm -2:00 pmEvaluate Sample Proposals, Time Permitting
2:00 pm -3:15 pmPresent and Discuss 1-Page Abstracts with Group
3:30 pm -3:45 pmComplete Evaluation Forms Online
3:45 pm -4:15 pmSummary, Q & A, and Individual Project Consultations
4:15 pm -4:30 pmPresentation of Certificates of Completion and Adjournment

Preparing for the Workshop

Begin thinking of a project you want to develop. Having a specific project in mind will help you better understand the various proposal components presented during the course. Consider potential funders, such as a foundation, a local, state, or federal agency, a corporation, and/or individuals.

If you decide to develop a proposal during the workshop, consider how you would answer the following questions:

  • 1) What is the need of your project?
  • 2) What is the significance of your project?
  • 3) How will you budget your proposal?
  • 4) What is the time frame of the grant you are seeking?

What to Bring

  • Computer/Tablet and charger - All workshop materials will be supplied via USB drive and email. Many will be in PDF format.
  • Power strip or Extension cord
  • Organizational or Institution Information - A brief description and/or the mission statement; current strategic plan of your institution; any materials that could be helpful in defining the needs of your organization
  • Proposals - Current, planned, or past; funded or unfunded; requests for proposals; review or judging criteria; reviewers' comments or critiques
  • Notetaking: Paper and pens, and/or a personal USB drive

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.

General Questions:

A. Click here and complete the registration form.
A. Our classes tend to fill quickly, and our registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. We advise that you register as far in advance as possible to guarantee your seat.
A. If a class is full, we will pull it from the schedule. If you can see a workshop or webinar, you can sign up for it.
A. When you sign up for a workshop or webinar, we email you a confirmation notice. This email also contains an attachment providing the basic details about the course, such as: location, agenda, faculty biosketch, how to prepare, what to bring, and a few dining recommendations.
A. Each person traveling to our workshop has a different route, method of transportation, and budget for travel, so we leave travel planning up to the individual.
A. We will be happy to review the executive summary or abstract and discuss the direction of your grant with you.
A. In the blue folder issued to you at the beginning of the workshop, you will find a Participant Contact List. Each person registered for the workshop who did not opt out will be on the list.
A. Each link to any of our online training is only for the specific individual who registered. It is expressly prohibited to share the link or stream. Each person who will be participating or observing must register separately.
A. All materials provided before, during, and after training are solely for use by the registered participant. Any reproduction, distribution, or transfer is expressly prohibited. This includes all information directories, work books, and any other materials provided unless otherwise specified.

Payment Questions:

A. We understand that funds sometimes need to be allocated prior to payment, so we allow registrations without requiring immediate payment.
A. We accept credit cards, checks, and purchase orders.
A. Yes. Further, the term 'US FUNDS' must be pre-printed on the check by the bank. We do not accept personal checks from international payees.

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