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"This workshop has provided me with a solid means to make money with my writing. Grant writing is a [highly sought] skill, so I know my services will be in demand! The facilitator was educated and professional. This may not be a glamorous field, but it [will] certainly help me pay my bills!"

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Advanced Grant Writing
Making Money Writing Grants

Facilitator:  Karen Hodge

Take the mystery out of proposal writing!  Grant writing is a skill that can be learned and enhanced through practice.  This hands-on workshop is designed for the beginning grant writer who has had some training or experience in writing and submitting proposals and is looking to build upon that foundation to improve competence (see prerequisite).

Week 1:  Writing A Compelling Need Statement

Week 2:  Drafting Your Plan—goals, objectives, and methods;  Evaluating Your Project

Week 3:  Constructing Your Budget ; Organizational Background—showing why your organization is worthy of funding

Week 4:  Introducing Your Proposal; The Executive Summary—making your case in a page or less

 Course Objective:  Participants in this workshop will put the knowledge they have gained through experience or prior training to complete a first draft of a grant proposal.

 Required Materials: Grantseeker’s Toolkit:  A Comprehensive Guide to Finding Funding, by Cheryl Carter New and James Aaron Quick, available through

Prerequisite: Completion of Writing for Dollars: Making Money Writing Grants or experience writing and submitting grant proposals .

 About the Facilitator:  Karen Hodge has been writing grants for more than ten years and has participated in the acquisition of more than $6,000,000 for non-profit organizations.  In addition, she taught communication courses at a large, urban university for twelve years and has conducted numerous workshops on a variety of topics, including grant writing.  Karen has authored and/or edited many informational brochures and educational tools.  She has a bachelor of arts in communication and a master of science in education.   

Workshop Begins: September 15, 2003
Duration: 4 weeks  
Tuition: $80


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 Required Texts

Books in this column are a required purchase for this course. Please make certain you purchase your materials so they arrive before the start of the workshop.

Grantseeker's Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide to Finding Funding

Grants are a key source of support for most nonprofit organizations, particularly new organizations or those starting new programs. This guide, developed out of a series of seminars, helps grantseekers develop a strategic plan for finding funds for their programs. It outlines how to develop a program that will receive funding, provides the best methods for writing a grant proposal, and includes a disk that will allow organizations to customize the forms and exercises in the book.