Summer school

Idaho Nonprofit Center and Consulting Connections announce a professional development class for both novice and experienced grant writers:

Writing Successful Grants

for Funding from Government Agencies and Private Foundations®

8:30 am–3:30 pm, August 19-20, 2014, Caldwell, ID: Simplot Dining Hall, College of Idaho - get directions

This two-day interactive workshop provides the skills you need to conduct effective research for potential funders, write a compelling narrative, and understand the accepted proposal organization for both public and private sector funding sources. You will learn how to write and organize a baseline proposal and enhance your ability to manage the grant writing process. Taught by Shannon McBride, president of Consulting Connections, Inc., this program focuses on skills building for the seasoned and novice nonprofit professional.

Register Now! Deadline: August 12, 2014

Space is limited to 20 attendees - sign up today!
 $175 members / $200 regular. Not a member? Join us!

What You'll LearnProposal Process

The workshop follows a skills-building, information-rich agenda. You will write a Letter of Inquiry, Cover Letter, Thank You letter, and outline your baseline proposal. Bring a current or recent proposal for tips and techniques to improve your chances of being awarded the grant!

  • Find the Funder and Get the Application. Expanding your database of potential donors in addition to the well-known Idaho-based sources is vital if you are to continue filling the pipeline of support. You will learn how to find this information and how to determine the most likely sources for funding your program or project.
  • Organize the Proposal Writing Process. You can have a grant request denied simply because you failed to be compliant. How can you be sure this does not happen to you? You learn how to develop a compliance checklist to organize and manage your proposal to meet the funder’s requirements.
  • Write a Letter of Inquiry. Many funders require a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) before you may submit a formal proposal. You will learn what to include in this most important document and how to organize the letter according to industry standards.
  • Build a Baseline Proposal. A Baseline Proposal is the most essential part of your Grant Writing Tool Kit. Following the standard grant application sequence, you learn how to write a clear cover letter, design a cover page, and write a concise executive summary. You’ll get tools and specific examples for writing a compelling need statement, a descriptive overview of the project, and the other required components of the grant application narrative.

Participant materials include a 100-page reference manual with examples of successful grant proposal documents. Exercises in writing essential components of the grant proposal ensure retention of information discussed in the workshop.

Presenter: Shannon Clark McBrideShannon McBride

President, Consulting Connections, Inc.

Shannon McBride has provided grant- writing training and consulting to nonprofits, schools, and municipalities since 1996. She has delivered customized training in marketing, sales, and proposal writing to faculty and staff at universities and colleges throughout the U.S. and Canada, and has been a featured speaker at several national conferences sponsored by LERN (Learning Resources Network), Minneapolis, Minnesota. Consulting Connections, Inc. was named of Northern Utah’s outstanding 10 women-owned businesses. Shannon has served as a marketing consultant for Microsoft’s Office 365 Cloud Services. A resident of Hagerman Valley since 2012, Shannon serves Idaho’s nonprofits and municipalities.

What People Say About this Training

“The class size was great. I loved the hands-on writing exercises with real-life examples and peer review.” - Sue Marostica, ED, Gold Buckle Champions

"Your materials were excellent. I like having the Writing Grants for Success Manual in the binder to keep for future reference." - B.B

"The class was fabulous. I was terrified when I knew I was going to have to write grants. Now I have the confidence to dive in!" -MK

A SHORT LIST of the nonprofit organizations whose professionals have gained practical skills from this grant writing workshop:

  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Ballet West
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Camas Soil Conservation
  • Children’s Aid Society of Utah
  • Gooding Historical Society
  • Gold Buckle Champions
  • Greater Mesquite Art Foundation
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Hands of Hope
  • Helping Hearts & Hands
  • Huntsman Senior Games
  • Lifestyle Hospice Foundation
  • Northwest Nazarene University
  • Shepherd’s Home, Inc.
  • St. George Housing Authority
  • The Learning Center for Families
  • United Way of Utah County
  • Utah Autism Society
  • Wasatch Community Gardens
  • Weber County Heritage Foundation

Register Now! Deadline: August 12, 2014

Space is limited to 20 attendees - sign up today!
 $175 members / $200 regular. Not a member? Join us!