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Canadian Professional Grant Development

Live Online Workshop
Aug 07 - Aug 08, 2024
10:30a - 6:00p (Eastern Time)

This comprehensive two-day workshop will illustrate how to translate ideas into fundable proposals. The overall strategic plan for writing grants will be addressed, including: the needs statement, mission, goals, objectives, evaluation, key personnel, outcomes, and budgets. The instructor will use interactive exercises, lectures, and discussions to demonstrate how to research and write your specific project.

You will learn the essentials of Canadian grant writing, such as:

  • Searching and applying for Tri-Council (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR), foundation and corporate donors
  • Addressing the guidelines of proposals
  • Identifying and effectively writing the key elements of a proposal
  • Integrating each component of the grant into the final product
  • Packaging a professional grant submission

After the workshop, you will understand how to navigate the world of grant procurement and demonstrate the excellence and innovation that will propel your project or research beyond other submissions.

Dr. Maria Esformes

Dr. Maria Esformes

Dr. Maria Esformes has lectured and taught for the Grant Training Center for over ten years. In her extensive career as an academic, she taught at such institutions as Harvard University, University of Massachusetts, University of Washington, University of South Florida, and the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She was also a visiting scholar at Oxford University. Dr. Esformes has written and received major research and programmatic grants from such donors as the Mellon Foundation, Skirball Foundation, Maurice Amado Foundation, American Philosophical Society, and various government grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation, and the Fulbright Commission.

Dr. Esformes has participated on many grant review panels for internal University grants and for government grants. Most recently she has reviewed grants for the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Dr. Esformes received her B.A. from Portland State University (Portland, Oregon), M.A. from the University of Washington (Seattle, Washington), and her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado (Boulder, Colorado).

Day One

10:30 am

Introduction and Overview of Materials and Workshop


11:45 am

Introduction to Grant Writing


12:30 pm

The Writing Process: Concept Paper


 1:00 pm



 1:45 pm

The Writing Process: Letters of Inquiry


 2:15 pm

Statement of Need/Significance


 3:30 pm

Writing Exercise


 4:30 pm

Basic Proposal Elements: Timelines and Personnel


 5:00 pm

Basic Proposal Elements: Evaluation


 5:30 pm

Summary, Q&A, and Next Steps



Day Two

10:30 am

Summary of Previous Day's Discussions and Overview of Today's Activities


11:00 am

Basic Proposal Elements: Goal/Hypothesis


12:30 pm

Basic Proposal Elements: Budgets


12:45 pm

Summary of Morning Session


 1:00 pm



 1:45 pm

Basic Proposal Elements – Budgets (Continued)


 2:45 pm

The Review Process


 4:15 pm

Present and Discuss Individual One-Page Abstract/Concept Paper


 5:15 pm

Summary, Questions and Answers, and Next Steps



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 Tri-Council (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR), foundation, and corporate donors.

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 timeframe of the grant you are seeking?

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
  • Organization 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

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Cancellation & Refund Policy

Grant Training Center (GTC) has the sole and absolute discretion to reschedule and cancel all workshops. In the event of such a cancellation, GTC will attempt to notify attendees two weeks prior to the scheduled workshop. If a participant has paid for the cancelled workshop and is unable to attend the rescheduled session, he/she will receive either a refund or a credit toward a future workshop. If we do not hear from the attendee within 30 days, they will not be able to receive a refund.

In no event shall GTC be responsible for travel arrangements or other costs related to or arising from workshop attendance or GTC’s rescheduling or cancellation of the workshop. Participants should contact GTC prior to making travel arrangements to ensure the workshop is taking place.

If you are unable to attend the workshop and wish to receive a full refund, GTC must be notified at least seven (7) business days prior to the start of the workshop.

If you cancel less than seven business days prior to the start of the workshop, no refund will be given. Instead, you will receive credit for a future workshop, which is valid for one (1) year. No refunds will be allowed for any future workshops once credit is issued.

Force Majeure: If a workshop is canceled due to reasons of Act of God or nature, war, riot, strike, or labor dispute, the cancellation policy will not apply and the fee will transfer to the rescheduled workshop. If participants cannot attend the rescheduled date, the registration fee can be utilized for any Grant Training Center workshop of the same cost during a period of exactly one (1) year from the date of the original workshop.

Individual Membership Cancellation: Once an individual membership has been paid and processed, members will have three (3) days to cancel for a full refund. After the three (3) day period, no refunds will be issued.

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