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Grant Writing – 101: Basic Elements of Grant Writing

April 12, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Funders are increasingly interested in an organization’s ability to demonstrate results. During this workshop, participants will learn several easy-to-implement methods for improving fundraising by developing a credible story of results based on program data that can be easily collected by staff.

The training will provide a detailed, hands-on introduction to identifying grant opportunities and preparing effective proposals. Additionally, the training provides instruction on effective grants management techniques.

Designed for those with little or no grant writing experience, the Grant 101 workshop will cover the following topics: learning how to find grants; getting the inside edge; creating winning strategies; and the nuts and bolts of proposal writing. This program teaches the participant the basic techniques of researching private funding, as well as the proper way of contacting the given sources. Participants will learn to discern how funding opportunities match their organization’s need and strategies, as they pursue granting opportunities with them.

Grant writing Topics

  1. Identifying funding priorities
  2. Assessing grant management capacity
  3. Researching prospective funders
  4. Reviewing grant guidelines (hands-on activity)
  5. Components and characteristics of successful grant proposals
  6. Reviewing grant proposals (2 hands-on activities)
  7. Grants management strategies

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify appropriate grant opportunities and prospective funders
  • Effectively write a grant proposal
  • Effectively manage a grant award

Prerequisite: High School Diploma strongly recommended, but not required. At least one year of professional experience.

About the Presenter

Catherine Raymond, Ph.D

For more than 25 years, Dr. Catherine Raymond has assisted numerous organizations to effectively plan for their organizational future as well as to plan, implement, and evaluate their programs and services. She focuses in the areas of arts & culture, education/STEM, environment, human services, and youth development. In addition to her work with nonprofit clients in areas of strategic planning and program development and evaluation, Dr. Raymond teaches at Florida International University (FIU) and the University of Miami. She has a Ph.D. in Public Affairs (with a focus on nonprofit management and capacity building) as well as a M.S. in Adult Education/Human Resource Development, both from FIU. Her undergraduate degree is from Cornell University in Microbiology.


April 12, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


FIU Metropolitan Center


Florida International University – Downtown on Brickell
1101 Brickell Avenue S226
Miami, FL 33131 United States
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