Contact Kim Wilson-Raymond; 207/338.8034 for information, registration and scholarship applications.
Instructor: Jack Smith, M.P.A.
The Grant Writing Program provides an intensive opportunity to acquire the knowledge and practice the skills necessary to succeed in today’s competitive grant writing environment.
Successful grant writing is critical to the survival of many nonprofits; for some lucky others, it is frosting on the cake. In order to attract the interest of funders, organizations must demonstrate substantive programming, good supporting data and financial viability, and they must package this complex information in a clear and convincing style. Research to find a likely funding source and a proposal that will meet unique guidelines and rise above the competition are also crucial to success.
Monday October 3
Introduction to Grant Writing
Writing a grant can be a frustrating and overwhelming experience. Using common grant development formats, this workshop will proceed step-by-step through the development of a proposal: identifying and evaluating the most appropriate funding sources, researching a problem, and supplying the documentation and statistics necessary for supporting a grant proposal. Our workshop will give you the confidence and know-how to develop a successful grant proposal.
Tuesday & Wednesday, October 4-5
Hands-On Grant Writing
The basis for successful grant writing is a carefully designed program. In this intensive workshop, we will examine the relationship among organizational mission statement, needs assessments, goals, objectives, work plans, and evaluations. We will also discuss writing techniques to help make your grant-writing process smarter and faster. Initially, the instructor will present valuable content information; then, while you work on your own project, he will provide consultation and support to help you refine your proposal.
Thursday October 6
Targeting Funds for Nonprofits Online
Millions of dollars are available in grants to nonprofits, but how do you find them and identify the organizations most likely to be interested in your proposal? Information is increasingly available online. In this workshop, you will: review research skills to target grant funds increase your ability to search effectively online, and begin your own grant research within the context of the class.
Friday October 7
Coordinating Grant Writing with Development
Anyone writing grants for a nonprofit is often involved in a wide range of other development activities and needs to have many different skills to succeed at those diverse responsibilities. Learn about the fundamentals of nonprofit development functions beyond grant writing, including annual solicitations, capital campaigns, and endowments, municipal fundraising, volunteer management, strategic planning, board development, use of consultants and consulting techniques, and public relations. This class will help you to put it all together with the best resource development opportunities and approaches for a nonprofit organization.
Jack Smith has taught over 1,500 grant writing programs in his career. Conference presentation audiences have included state and municipal employees, nonprofit staff and board members, consumer groups, social workers, teachers, counselors and school administrators. He currently teaches grant writing certificate programs at the University of Southern Maine, Emory University, University of Georgia and Austin Center for Nonprofit Studies.