Grant Writing Course 101: From Proposal Writing to Grant Management

Learn to write a powerful grant application to win the ultimate favor from grant lenders

Cyndi MacKenzie
7.30 Hours
CFRE - 7.5 Credits | GPC -7.5 Credits
Language: English

Overview

 

Grant writing is all about writing an engaging application that helps secure funds to support the mission of an organization financially. In practice, this is something easier said than done. Convincing funders to give away grant resources purely on the basis of a plan that exists on paper, with no foresight whatsoever, is very tough. One must establish a long-term relationship with funders, strike the right chord with them from the first word, and assure them that their money will be stewarded responsibly. Preparing an outline for the narrative beforehand, gathering vital data to prove the need, and creating an effective evaluation plan can help achieve just that!

 

Even when you do win a grant, your job doesn't end there. You should prove to your funders that they have put their money in the right place. You must show them results, and you must manage the grant you have won efficiently. This is where some professionals falter, and even end up losing future opportunities for funding as a result. This Grant Writing Course by Grant Professional Certified Cyndi MacKenzie is meant to help you stay on course, and manage your grant funds so resources continue to support your mission. This course will give you the ins and outs of this industry, the mistakes you should avoid, the opportunities you can make the most of, and more.

 
Practical Applications Include:
  • Successful Grant Seeking - Where to Start
  • Highlighting Your Message - Backed With Data and a Budget
  • Linking Inputs, Activities and Outcomes - Using Logic Models, Timelines, and Attachments
  • Submitting the Grant Proposal - Review, Edit, and Meet Deadlines
  • Winning the Funds - How to Manage the Grant
Cyndi MacKenzie

Cyndi MacKenzie, a certified grant professional, has won over $22 million dollars in resources for her clients and has been teaching for six years. She has gone from full time employee to owning her own business and providing a full range of grant professional services to non-profits of all sizes in the United States over her thirteen-year career in this field. Cyndi will share her tips of the trade and tools that save her time and get to those winning proposals with humor. She has a wealth of knowledge that can only be gained by years of experience. As a Grant Professional Approved Trainer, a GPA Grant News contributing author, and a member of the Grant Professional Association, Cyndi keeps up-to-date on the latest research and understands the ethical dilemmas being faced in the field.

Session 1

Introduction: Time: 1:00 pm ET | 12:00 pm CT

Grant writing in any form begins with figuring out what your organizational needs are and discovering who might be interested in funding those needs. So, the first question is: What are we trying to fund? The next question is: Where do we find these resources? Our expert, Cyndi MacKenzie, GPC, will walk you through the first steps of determining your priorities as an organization and how to determine what funding resources match your organization best so you can target your proposals. This course will be interactive with a question and answer session after each section to ensure that you are advancing your own core competencies as a grant professional.

Session Highlight:
  • Understand the need for a strategic plan and how to develop one
  • Identify where to find grant funding
  • Learn to decide what foundations are the right fit for your organization
  • Establish relationships with funders – It is easier than you might think
  • Understand the importance of collaborating with community partners
  • Learn how to decide whether your organization is “grant ready” for federal, state, and local grants
Who will benefit:

Consultant or a manager of the grant services in a government, county, municipality, law enforcement agency, school district, social service agency, or any non-profit, these courses will offer you a chance to learn and perhaps reinforce, picking up a helpful tool or two (or more), and advance your skills in the grant professional field.

Session 2

Introduction: Time: 1:00 pm ET | 12:00 pm CT

There is always a need to know what can make your grant stand out from other submissions. Our expert, Cyndi MacKenzie, GPC, will review the process of strategic and action planning. She will take a real case study to enlist the benefits of using them, and then discuss where the funding resources can be found and how to match them to your organization. She will go from abstract to the evaluation plan to discuss the best way to present your data and state your case in a way that will get the most possible points on any scoring rubric. As a reviewer of federal and local grants, Cyndi will provide you with a perspective that can only be gained by being on the funder side of evaluating grant proposals.

Session Highlight:
  • Learn to start with your budget and outline, which will also help save time and keep the task functioning
  • Learn to gather your data to prove your need for the grant, and use facts in your proposal
  • Formulate your proposal strategically
  • Discuss capacity and collaboration so that structures can implement what you propose
  • Develop a plan for evaluation and measurement, because funders always want results
  • Understand the need to follow complete compliance of the guidelines of all requests for proposals
Who will benefit:

Consultant or a manager of the grant services in a government, county, municipality, law enforcement agency, school district, social service agency, or any non-profit, these courses will offer you a chance to learn and perhaps reinforce, picking up a helpful tool or two (or more), and advance your skills in the grant professional field.

Session 3

Introduction: Time: 1:00 pm ET | 12:00 pm CT

Attachments and addendums are important tools in the profession and are essential if you are planning to apply for federal, state or foundation grants. Having copies of your latest audit, 501(c)3 determination letter, Board of Directors, and many other items are all a part of being “grant ready” as was discussed in course number one. Our expert, Cyndi MacKenzie, GPC, will review the standard attachments, discuss the merits and nuances of all, and will also discuss ethics in the field of a grant professional. Cyndi will share many examples of logic models, work-plans, and other attachments to save your time. She will also provide the tips for getting all of this done in time to meet the deadlines without a crisis.

Session Highlight:
  • Review various versions of logic models identifying the links between community needs, assets, inputs, activities, and outcomes
  • Review the work-plan/action-plan as it makes the vision concrete
  • Learn how to implement strategies to reach your goals
  • Focus on timelines requested in a grant to prove you understand the activities to fulfill the grant requirements
  • Review the ways to present your Board of Directors lists
  • Review the Grant Professional Association ethical standards
Who will benefit:

Consultant or a manager of the grant services in a government, county, municipality, law enforcement agency, school district, social service agency, or any non-profit, these courses will offer you a chance to learn and perhaps reinforce, picking up a helpful tool or two (or more), and advance your skills in the grant professional field.

Session 4

Introduction: Time: 1:00 pm ET | 12:00 pm CT

Most grant professionals have worked far too hard on their proposals to end up not being able to submit them due to some computer error or because they forgot to register on SAM. It can be devastating to a community which has a high need for services and whose only hope was grant funds. It is hard to get community partners back to the table, to trust you, and to get people to dedicate their time and effort on a cause after something like that happens. The only way to avoid this is to truly know the timetables and processes you must follow to complete the application submission. Also, almost every funder will have a different system. There are passwords for each, procedures that are different, and files to upload to certain specifications. In this course, our expert, Cyndi MacKenzie, GPC, will share how to avoid these mistakes and be prepared to get the grant submitted on time to compete and win! Cyndi will also review the processes involved in submitting the grant from reviewing and editing to hitting the “send” button.

Session Highlight:
  • Learn to use the review and edit process effectively for your final proposal
  • Why meeting submission deadlines is extremely important and should not be missed
  • Understand the federal grants.gov process, which can be difficult if you have never done it before
  • Be sure you get a confirmation email that your grant has been submitted, print it and save it in a file
Who will benefit:

Consultant or a manager of the grant services in a government, county, municipality, law enforcement agency, school district, social service agency, or any non-profit, these courses will offer you a chance to learn and perhaps reinforce, picking up a helpful tool or two (or more), and advance your skills in the grant professional field.

Session 5

Introduction: Time: 1:00 pm ET | 12:00 pm CT

You were awarded funds. Now what? Grant management is important. Following guidelines and assuring compliance requires a grant professional to have the skills and knowledge about every aspect of the grant program: financial policies, Office of Management and budget regulations, auditing requirements, reporting requirements and programmatic requirements. Meeting deadlines remains critical, and knowing when and how to amend an approved budget is a necessary part of grant management. In this course, our expert, Cyndi MacKenzie, GPC, will share how experience and knowledge of rules can benefit you if you are new to the field. You will find the tips and resources shared in this course valuable for you.

Session Highlight:
  • Key stakeholders to involve besides HR and finance
  • Review what you need to report on
  • Understand who will do the reporting
  • What you must do if the award is not the same amount as your proposal
  • Auditors require back up documentation: Are you prepared to prove your expenditures?
  • What financial policies need to be in place to support grant management
  • Discuss policies and procedures and their place in grant management
  • Explore what you should do if you are not meeting funding goals
  • What happens if you have to change a program due to negative outcomes
  • What happens if you have money left over
Who will benefit:

Consultant or a manager of the grant services in a government, county, municipality, law enforcement agency, school district, social service agency, or any non-profit, these courses will offer you a chance to learn and perhaps reinforce, picking up a helpful tool or two (or more), and advance your skills in the grant professional field.

GPC - 7.5 Credits
CFRE - 7.5 Credits

Frequently Asked Questions

 
  1. Where can a user access the Grant Writing Course 101?

    Answer: The Grant Writing Course 101 is an online live course that begins from October 18, 2017. The course includes five live sessions, one of which will be hosted every Wednesday consecutively for five weeks from the starting date.

     
  2. What will a user get by subscribing for Grant Writing Course 101?

    Answer: This course has five exclusive sessions on grant writing, each spanning over 90 minutes. Every user will receive multiple assignments to work on, and quizzes to test his/her skill level and understanding of this course. Upon completion of this course, the user will get a certificate of completion, as well as 7.5 GPC credits and 7.5 CFRE credits

     
  3. Is the course available for purchase in DVD or on-demand format?

    Answer: Every customer will get 1-year access to the personal dashboard. Once the live session is done, a recording for the same will be updated in the customer’s dashboard which he/she can access as per his/her convenience. This dashboard will also have all the conferences, assignments, the completion certificate, and more listed for use. The user can use their personal dashboard access to listen to any of these sessions as many times for next one year.

     
  4. How can a user access the live session?

    Answer: Instructions for accessing the live session will be sent to the user by email 24 hours prior to the event’s start time. These will include the phone number he/she needs to dial for remotely connecting to the session.

     
  5. For how long will the Grant Writing Course 101 be available?

    Answer: This course will be available for a period of one year (365 days) starting from the date of purchase.

     
  6. What is the system configuration required for this course?

    Answer: There is no specific system configuration needed for accessing this course. The only basic features a user needs to connect to this course are a Flash Player and a decent internet connection.

     
  7. Can multiple people use the Grant Writing Course with a single purchase?

    Answer: One course is accessible to a single user only (per purchase).

     
  8. How can a user purchase the Grant Writing Course 101?

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