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Intermediate Grant Writing


The basis for successful grant writing is a carefully designed program. In this intensive workshop, we will examine the necessary components of a successful grant proposal such as the problem statement, project design, goals and objectives, organizational capacity, community partners and outcomes and evaluation. Participants will learn both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to the proposal-writing process. Emphasis is given to idea development, identification of the appropriate granting agency, how to write for reviewers, and tips and strategies of proven value in presenting an applicant’s case to reviewers. Topics will include operational and capital campaign strategies, overview of planned giving structures, review of available funding sources and the preparation of a grant proposal.

The workshop format will feature both lecture sessions and group activities throughout the training. Participants will attend several group sessions enabling them to meet and interact with others who have similar interests and needs. Class participants will assemble to identify potential grant-writing partners and grant reviewers from their state and local area and to discuss relevant grant issues and strategies with other professionals from similar disciplines (such as education, mental health, social service, health care, law enforcement, etc.) During the second session of the workshop participants will have the opportunity to write a problem statement, compile goals and objectives based on “GIBS” (Goals, Indicators, Benchmarks, and Strategies), and review an actual proposal. By the end of the course participants will also understand the importance of outcomes and evaluation and know when it is necessary to hire an outside evaluator. Prerequisite: Introduction to Grant Writing or Grant Writing experience


Upcoming Sessions

 Course: PE16-2095: Intermediate Grant Writing
 Dates: Wed/Thursday: 07/13/16 - 07/14/16
 Times: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
 Fee: $595.00
 Session(s): 2
 Notes: The course location and directions will be emailed approximately one week before the course begins.

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After this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the grant writing process.
  • Understand the fundamental elements of a grant proposal such as the the problem statement, project design, goals and objectives, organizational capacity, community partners and outcomes and evaluation.
  • Develop the skills needed to prepare professional, competitive, compelling, and successful grant proposals.
  • Become proficient in the proposal format used by the vast majority of public foundations, state, and federal agencies.
  • Discuss how to formulate collaborative partnership agreements to accompany each proposal.
  • Discuss the benefits of forming a grant writing team.
  • Understand how to apply research skills to find current, relevant problem statement language.
  • Understand basics to evaluation and outcomes by use of logic models and evidenced based statistics.
  • Know when to outsource evaluation to outside evaluation firms and consultants.
  • Understand complex federal and state budget terminology and compilation.

Course Outline:

  • Introduction and Overview
  • Icebreaker and Warm-up
  • Training Goals and Learning Objectives
  • The basic components of a Full Proposal.
  • What is the Request For Proposal Process?
  • How to utilize evidenced based statistics?
  • Award winning problem statements.
  • How to negotiate collaborative partnership agreements.
  • Using Logic Models to develop and evaluate program.
  • The differences between direct/indirect costs and In-Kind contributions?
  • Is my budget realistic?
  • What to include in an appendix.
  • Finishing Touches to your Proposal.
  • Wrap up

About the Instructor:      Dr. Vanessa Nelson-Reed

Dr. Vanessa Nelson-Reed is the Director of the Education Support Services Unit at J.A. White & Associates, Inc. in Columbia, South Carolina.  She possesses over 15 years of experience in grants management, peer reviewing for grants, and request for proposals (RFP) development. 

She has a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Capella University, a Masters in Education in College Student Development from Virginia Tech, and a Bachelors in Journalism from the University of South Carolina.  She brings her practical experience, hands on experience to the Grant Writing courses.  She lives in Irmo with her husband Larry and their two children.


If you would prefer to register by phone, please contact us at (803) 777-9444.


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