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Grants Research, Writing & Management

Identifying and Researching Grant Opportunities

This practical workshop introduces you to the process of researching grants as well as key resources, databases and websites to identify possible foundation, corporate and governmental funding prospects.  Examine how grants fit into your wider resource development strategy, explore how to narrow down the wealth of opportunities to determine which prospects have the greatest potential for funding your proposal, the steps required to ready your organization to apply (including registering for federal grants), and how to determine the best approach to go forward.

Facilitator: Stefanie Muscat, founder and director of Bevara, with nearly twenty years’ experience managing and advising nonprofit organizations

Course Information

Dates/Time: Saturday, 9:00am to 12:00pm, one day, 9/26

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $45 + $5 materials fee

CRN: 654 Course Number: NPRF1011 Section: RWA


Grant Writing Essentials

Learn the nuts and bolts of how to create a winning grant proposal!  Look at the different types of grant proposals, the typical components of a proposal, and the steps in the process.  We’ll also talk about how you can make the process as efficient as possible—how to get the proposals out and still have time to provide services to the community!  This workshop is geared to those new to grant writing.

Facilitator:  Stefanie Muscat, (see above for bio)

Course Information

Dates/Time: Saturday, 9:00 to 12:00am, one day, 10/17

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $45 + $5 materials fee

CRN: 658 Course Number: NPRF1012 Section: RWA


Beyond the Basics: Winning Grant Writing Strategies

Do you have some experience in grant writing but would like to go to the next level?  Our facilitator will share their years of experience in both writing and reviewing grants.  You’ll learn: how to plan your grant for maximum funding success; the secret language used by successful grant writers; how to think like a reviewer; simple ways to package your grant for maximum effect; grant writing “Dos and Don’ts” based upon sample grants that we love and grants that we can’t believe were submitted. Time will be provided for interaction, sharing of concrete examples and lively discussion.

Facilitator: Stefanie Muscat, (see above for bio)

Course Information

Dates/Time: Saturday, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, one day, 11/14

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $45 + $5 materials fee

CRN: 659 Course Number: NPRF1013 Section: RWA


Successful Grant Management  NEW!

Now that you’ve been awarded the grant, how do you manage the grant successfully?  Examine critical legal, financial, operational and policy issues, tools and practical strategies to ensure you are in compliance with funder requirements, making decisions that contribute to effective programs with meaningful outcomes, doing what is necessary to avoid costly mistakes that could impact funder confidence, and steps that should be taken to improve your chances of future grant awards.  Special attention will be give to managing the budget, preparing reports and measuring outcomes.

Facilitator: Stefanie Muscat, (see above for bio)

Course Information

Dates/Time: Saturday, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon, one day, 12/5

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $45 + $5 materials fee

CRN: 661 Course Number: NPRF1014 Section: RWA


 More Information

For more information about the specifics on these workshops, please contact Dianne Lahaye at dlahaye@necc.mass.edu or 978-659-1222 or Diane Zold-Gross at dzoldgross@necc.mass.edu or 978-659-1221.

The Grant Resource Center provides free access to the Foundation Center Directory Online premier members-only database.  Call 978-738-7400 to make an appointment to use the GRC tools.