Writing Winning Grants Training SKU: 127082

In this full day training, participants will learn how to develop successful, grant-fundable proposals. You will be shown step-by-step the process of grant proposal writing, whether you are tackling a federal grant, one from a national private foundation or a smaller grant from your local foundation.
You'll learn to recognize what makes a project attractive to a funding agency and see how to create a compelling case. In just a few weeks, you'll be prepared to convert an idea into a complete, well-developed package.
In addition, you'll discover how to target the best funding agencies for your project and learn insider secrets for approaching them in the right way. You'll also see how to follow up on a proposal, and you'll find out when it's possible to turn a "no" into a "yes."
This course will give you the grant-writing information you need to outshine your competition.


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This full day training will focus on the essential knowledge and skills organizations need to become effective proposal writers: using a program/project logic model to craft the proposal narrative,  researching foundation funding sources, planning your approach to institutional grantmakers, understanding the components of a project budget, and writing sections of the proposal and letter of inquiry.

Attendees will become familiar with the key components of a competitive grant proposal to a foundation and learn best practices for developing a well-organized budget and a targeted list of foundation funding prospects.


  • The proposal from the grantmaker perspective—what they are looking for and why
  • The elements of a proposal, letter of inquiry, and online applicationsand how to frame your application
  • Crafting a budget that conveys an accurate picture of your project and its needs
  • How to analyze and evaluate prospects using Foundation Directory Online Professional to determine a potential fit

You will:

  • Develop a project/program logic model to get you started with a strong proposal narrative
  • Practice writing components of the proposal
  • Give and receive peer feedback to help strengthen your case for support
  • Review a variety of proposal budget formats and develop a project budget
  • Research potential funding partners using Foundation Directory Online Professional


  • Understand the proposal and/or letter of inquiry’s role in the fundraising process and why it is important
  • Be prepared to target and approach institutional grantmakers
  • Gain the knowledge and confidence to write effective proposals
  • Understand how to use budgeting tools and formats to meet funders’ requirements

Intended audiences:

  • Individuals who have some fundraising experience and want to hone their foundation proposal writing skills
  • Individuals who want to better understand grant writing and has a specific project in mind that they are seeking funding for
  • Consultants who want to expand their services to include proposal development


  • Proposal Writing
  • Budgeting 
  • Foundation Funding