Foundation Grant Writing for Beginners

Excellent workshop! All kinds of  good information. Her humor, experience and knowledge all made for an  interesting workshop. — Valorie, NY

Photo: Gift of Jack Leishman

Grant writing is daunting. To everyone. This workshop is designed to de-daunt the grant writing process for you…so that you can win funding and give traction to that dream that dwells in your heart, soul, and mind.

It’s time. You know it. Let’s get going…together.

Are you looking for the nuts and bolts of how to win that first grant for your non-profit? You have the passion, drive and writing skills to prepare grant proposals but are just plain daunted by the process and need someone to explain the basics and get you on the road to success.

Your new job requires you to write grant applications and you feel lost? You know that you have great writing skills and good ideas but you’re worried you don’t know the tricks of the grants trade and you’re worried about failing and missing out on crucially needed funding this year.

You used to write grant proposals but it has been a while and you know you need to brush up on your skills. You are ready to refresh your skills so that you can write a competitive proposal and do your best for the team. You may have tried other solutions but they just haven’t worked for you:

  • you looked at grant trainings or national conferences but they were just too expensive or too far away for your travel budget
  • in the daily whirl you simply don’t have time to read all the grant writing books that are out there and still have a life
  • information on the web and social media is just too much to keep up with on a day-to-day basis

Sometimes, you just need a short, but really high-quality learning experience to give you the confidence and skills that you need to start taking action. There are a few things that you need to really start writing proposals with confidence. First, you need an understanding of how the process works. Second, you need to know who to approach, when, and why. Third, you need to be confident that you know how to write a proposal and that your organization is well-positioned not only to win grant funding, but to implement great programs once the funding materializes.

This workshop, designed for novice grant writers by a grants professional, will provide you with valuable new skills and information about the world of grants. The course will be information-packed and fun. The class materials will reflect recent trends in grant-making and give you an overview of the grant development process. I’m offering this course now so that you are prepared to win grant funding in 2014.

What you’ll learn

  • what grant writing is really about at its core
  • the link between planning and success
  • the seven elements of a proposal
  • qualities of outstanding proposals – the tricks of the trade

What you’ll walk away with

  • Know how to locate potential funders
  • Understand the four stages of grant development
  • A deeper understanding and clearer picture of the grants process
  • Clarity about what goes into a grant proposal
  • Answers to your most important grant writing questions

This course is for you if

  • you want to write a proposal for the first time
  • your boss or board asked you to start writing grant proposals and you don’t know where to start
  • you’ve learned grant writing by default and would like to learn some ways to make it more effective

What past participants say

Experienced presenter, well-organized, very  knowledgeable. Assisted me with being able to approach my first competitive grant  application. — Kathy, Putnam County, NY

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Thorough, straightforward approach to a complex subject.” — Theresa, Putnam County, NY

Our Approach

Endless Knot

Grant writing takes time and focus. I designed these workshops so that the time that you invest in writing proposals is both fruitful and enjoyable. Most grant writing training programs tell you what to do and how to do it– the technique. That’s essential but often you won’t win if you just know the technique.

It matters just as much the way you do it. All the players at Wimbledon know how to play tennis – they have great drop shots and serves. But the champions are the ones who are passionate about their game and have mastered the art of maintaining focus and not getting rattled during play. They know why they are playing and they know how to play from their heart.

In my classes, you’ll learn the technique and how to improve your inner game so that you win. I’ll share my decades of grants experience raising millions of dollars with you as well as insights I learned from writing my acclaimed grant writing book. I’ll give you all the tools, strategies, and techniques that I know work. I’m not interested in holding back material so you come back for more or hire me to write a proposal for you because you find the class didn’t give you the skills that you need when you need them. I’m a social activist at heart and I want passionate people like you to be empowered to fulfill on what matters to you and bring programs to life through grant funding.

You’ll find that my workshops honor the gifts of the feminine: beauty, creativity, receptivity, intuition, spaciousness, nature, and embodied wisdom as much as they revere the masculine: guided action and courage. I weave them together with the nourishing depths of the wisdom of the heart.

My goal is to leave you successful, full-hearted, and at ease in your work. Yes, its an unusual, creative, and nourishing approach designed to meet your needs and it works…come see for yourself.


Date:  Monday March 24, 2014

Time: 9 am – 4.30 pm

Location: Alibrandi Catholic Center, 110 Walnut Pl, Syracuse, NY 13210 Phone:(315) 478-5959

Cost: $120 including lunch and refreshments (Discounted rate offered by the Greater Syracuse Project as a service to the community)

Multiple Person discount  – $99 each if three people from an organization register.

To Register:


A limited number of scholarships are available.