Ready, Set, Grant! Getting Your Organization Funding Ready

This five-session virtual grant-writing and fund preparedness training is intended for small, rural nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest.

Hosted by Rural Development Initiatives

October 20-November 17, 2022
Virtual Event
Register here

Session 1: Building Blocks for Funding Success
Oct. 20, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

This 3-hour introductory session covers all your nonprofit needs to make your organization and funding requests appealing to potential funders. We’ll provide a brief overview of important building blocks, including Board Governance, Strategic Planning, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), Project Planning, and Building Partnerships. Learn what funders look for in your proposals to make sure you are a thriving, healthy organization.

Session 2: Budgeting Strategies for Organization and Project Success
Oct. 27, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Learn how to translate your organization and project goals into financial plans that are ready for funding. We will cover preparing program budgets for funders, allocation of overhead and indirect costs, how to handle volunteers and other in-kind support, and tying your program budget to an overall organization budget. Creating realistic, actionable program budgets is an important step in preparing successful funding proposals.

Session 3: Finding Funding and Diversifying Revenue Streams
Nov. 3, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

So you have a project plan, now what? We’ll learn the basics of funder research, including types of funders, research sources, and how grant funding fits into the different revenue streams for your nonprofit. In addition, we’ll cover maintaining relationships with your donors and funders to ensure your organization is successful in the long-term.

Session 4: Grant Funding Basics
Nov. 10, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

This session will be designed for nonprofit volunteers and staff who are new to grant funding. We’ll provide an overview of grant roles and responsibilities, common grant proposal elements, and types of grant opportunities. The session will include a grant planning checklist to determine whether you are ready to apply for grants for your program or initiative.

Session 5: Meet the Funders
Nov. 17, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

An opportunity to hear from funders firsthand. Panelists will share what makes a good proposal, how funding decisions are made, and will answer questions from attendees. Participants will have the opportunity to introduce their organization/project.