Words into Dollars! A Grant Writing Workshop
Our two-day Workshop will help you Develop Strategies for Successful Proposals, find your Best Potential Funders, and Prepare your Grant Proposal. You will leave with a cover letter draft, the basics for an executive summary and proposal narrative, the tools for developing a formal proposal for your project, and a list of potential funders.
“Wonderful workshop! I learned so much!” “I left feeling like I could do this!” “I didn’t realize what all went into submitting a proposal. I have a lot of work to do!”
When: Wednesday, August 16 and Thursday, August 17, 2017. 9 AM – 4:00 PM
Where: University of Texas Regional Foundation Library, 1st Floor Conference Room; 1009 11th Street, Austin, TX
Who: Anyone and everyone within the nonprofit arena, including but not limited to board members, staff, volunteers.
DAY ONE 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
“Grantsmanship 101: Developing Strategies for Successful Proposals.” In this highly competitive world, it takes more than good writing skills to achieve fundraising success. This workshop will introduce you to the funding landscape and the trends that define philanthropy in America today. You will learn best practices for communicating with donors and how to create a fundraising “Tool Kit,” including how to refine your message, develop strategies for approaching funders, and craft a comprehensive plan for successful grant writing.
DAY ONE: 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
“Quest for the Best: How To Find Your Best Potential Funders and Write to Them”
This session will focus on the basics of drafting a cover letter and targeting prospective funders. We invite attendees to come with a proposal or a project to be funded. Participants will be introduced to the vast and comprehensive resources of The University of Texas at Austin’s Regional Foundation Library, a repository of the national Foundation Center. The librarian and presenters will work with you on accessing the Foundation Directory Online, identifying potential funders, and conducting research on strategies for approaching them.
DAY TWO: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
“The Write Stuff: Preparing Your Grant Proposal.” This intensive full-day seminar will focus on strategies for approaching your donor prospects and drafting a powerful cover letter for your project with the support and guidance of the presenters. You will also begin to develop an outline for an executive summary and a basic narrative. As an added benefit, you will be provided with a 24-hour Guest Pass to the Foundation Directory Online, allowing your organization to continue your research for potential funding. You will leave our two-day workshop with a cover letter draft, the basics for an executive summary and proposal narrative, tools for developing a formal proposal, and a list of potential funders to approach.