Only without the sweating, yelling, and exercise. OK, so it's not really like bootcamp at all. We call it "grantsmithing". Over 17 online video sessions you'll learn the discipline and craft of researching funders and writing compelling grants. We've been through the sweat and tears of preparing hundreds of applications, so you don't have to, and have loaded this training with strategies, tips, and sample language to help you navigate the ins and outs of writing good proposals.
This course is designed for nonprofits that want to not only get better at writing successful proposals, but also get better at the process of researching and applying for foundation and government grants. The course is also for grant writers or freelance writers who want to offer their clients a more comprehensive approach to grant writing.
* A quick note to freelance writers: Most of the homework in this course is based on a nonprofit writing actual language about actual programs. To get the same benefit, you’ll want to have a client or program in mind as you do the homework.
I've worked with Tim for over 10 years, a dozen campaigns and and two nonprofits! He has an uncanny ability to capture the essence of our message, the intent of the donor or grant maker and has provided outstanding results for us year after year.
When you’re done with the course, you’ll have assembled one of the most powerful tools a nonprofit can have – a proposal boilerplate. This document contains about 75% of the language you’ll need as you’re preparing proposals. Working on the boilerplate outside the pressure of a proposal deadline will result in language that is better-written, more thoughtful and intentional. It will also set you up to be uber-efficient as you’re writing proposals in the future.
Through this course you’ll also be given strategies and tips for finding foundation and government grants, and you’ll have five foundations, plus information about grants at the local, state and federal level for you to start pursuing.
Finally, we’ll be walking through key strategies for completing solid applications, including letters of intent, the budget, and making sure you meet the funder’s expectations.
Take a look at a sample from our session about writing a good Statement of Need:
Our Grantsmith Grant Writing Course includes the following 17 sessions. Total training time is about 90 minutes, but you should plan on 6-10 hours of homework as you work on your boilerplate.
Each video session includes two downloads: a PDF of the slides in handout format, and a Word document with the transcript. You’re free to use the language in the transcript as a foundation for your own writing.
We recently helped the State of Illinois get a $4 million grant to serve at-risk youth. Check out our blog post from that experience, covering some strategies for successful grant proposals.