Grant Writing 201: Making Your Grant Application Stand Out

  • Duration
    90 Minutes
  • Author
    Diane Leonard, GPC
  • Course Level
  • Year Created
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    1.50 Points
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A Whopping 90% of the People Who Attended This Nonprofit Webinar Rated It As Great to Excellent!

This course is brought to you by a Grant Professional Certified (1 of less than 400 in the world). Diane H. Leonard, GPC is also 1 of only 25 GPA-approved trainers.

In this live, interactive nonprofit development webinar, we will teach you how to go beyond putting together a grant application. We will teach you how to customize each proposal to include a compelling need statement and related SMART objectives to engage the grantmakers reading your proposals - the most effective grant-writing approach! 

During This Nonprofit Grant Writing Class, You Will Learn:

  • How to use the GPC competencies as a benchmark in advancing your career, specifically:
    • ​Knowledge of strategies for effective program and project design and development
    • Knowledge of how to craft, construct, and submit an effective grant application; and
    • Knowledge of nationally recognized standards of ethical practice by grant developers.
  • How to write a compelling need statement;
  • How to write  SMART objectives;
  • How to enhance the way you tell your organization’s story; and
  • How to increase the competitiveness of your proposals with an emphasis on proposals to foundations.

As a grant professional with at least a few grant applications funded, you have seen a variety of grant guidelines and requirements so you understand the importance of 'how to write a grant application'. You have seen the difference that grants make in your community. Yet you are also always working to build your skills and increase the competitiveness of each application you submit for your employer or your clients.

Whether you are considering pursuing the formal credential during your career or not, the review of these advanced tactics for each competency will help elevate your work as a grant professional. Using the competencies of the Grant Professionals Credential (GPC), we will walk through how to utilize the intermediate-level skills for the writing-related competencies in your work. 

We will focus heavily on compelling need statements, writing strong SMART objectives, and telling your organization’s story in this live, interactive webinar.

This Nonprofit Webinar is Perfect for You if…

  • You have been a grant professional for 1 year or more;
  • You have written at least five funded grant proposals;
  • You are looking to improve your grant writing skills to further your career;
  • You have participated in beginner grant writing courses, webinars, or trainings.

You’ll Get These BONUS Materials:

  1. Skills inventory checklist for the 9 GPC competencies
  2. SMART objectives worksheet
  3. Storytelling development guide
  4. Storytelling in grants worksheet
  5. The webinar Slides
  6. The webinar Recording

About Your Topic Expert:

Diane is specifically qualified to teach this webinar because:

  1. She is a Grant Professional Certified (GPC).
  2. She is an approved Trainer for the Grant Professionals Association.
  3. She began her career as a grantmaker.
  4. She has raised over $95.5 million for clients.
  5. She has trained over 69,206 professionals since 2006.

Diane H. Leonard, GPC, RST is a Grant Professional Certified (GPC), Approved Trainer of the Grant Professionals Association, and a Registered Scrum Trainer.

Diane began her career as a Program Officer for a state-wide grantmaking organization and she continues to serve as a reviewer for a variety of grantmaking organizations. Since 2006, when she formed DH Leonard Consulting, Diane and her team have secured more than $98 million in competitive grant awards and Diane has personally trained more than 69,978 nonprofit professionals. 

When not working with her team, Diane can be found in the 1000 Islands, out for a run, or drinking a strong cup of coffee.

What Attendees Said about This Nonprofit Webinar:

“A helpful overview of ways to navigate grant applications in a way that was clear, fun and competitive!”

Miriam Terlinchamp, Judaism Unbound

“As a small non-profit, we all wear many hats.  Grant writing is not easy and this webinar really helped provide insight and actionable steps on how to improve my grant applications.”

Alison Jacobson, First Candle

“One of the best webinars I've attended. The presenter knew her stuff and presented it well. The additional information is incredibly helpful! I learned so much and it has encouraged me to work more in grant writing.”

Rochelle Cassella, Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities

“What a fantastic webinar! Especially helpful for smaller nonprofits but good for anyone. Lots of helpful tips and real-world examples.”

Erica Ellis, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art

“This was the best grant writing webinar I've ever had -- more Diane please!”

Erin Walker Tolles, Catholic Community Service

“Diane did a wonderful, breezy and succinct talk that was very engaging. I will love to hear more about story arcs and goals vs. objectives.”

Kyle Koch, Salmon Solutions

“Wonderful presentation. Diane was extremely knowledgeable, engaging, practical, and very understanding of our needs and addressed them.”

John Wanda, REACH for Uganda

“This was great, I learned tools to help our new organization get off the ground and get more funding! It was awesome to gain some lists and strategies to add to our toolbox.”

Beth Hunt, LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District  

“This information is absolutely perfectly timed for my journey; I'm on the verge of entering a more challenging level of grant writing,, and this seminar could not dovetail more perfectly with those new requirements.”

Juliann Thomason

“Engaging and informative webinar; the presenter has years of experience and covered much more than I expected.”

Penny Lutz, Pennsylvania College of Technology

“I've listened to one recording and one live webinar by Diane Leonard. I find her presentations engaging, insightful, and informative. I've been in this field for a while now but I can count on Diane to bring up new ideas and ways of doing things that I can take back and immediately use to improve my work. Highly recommend no matter what level of experience you are.”

Naomi Young, Vote Solar

“I've been in grant writing for a long time but still gained a lot through this webinar. Lots of relevant information here! Thanks so much for organizing this.”

Corinne Berman, Environmental Defence Canada.

“I've been writing grants for more than 10 years and Diane was still able to leave me with 'Aha' moments all throughout our 90 minutes. I can't wait for my next training with DH Leonard Consulting!”

Kenneth Christian, Goodwill Northern New England

“It was an insightful webinar that is great for intermediates because it goes beyond just the basic components of grants (which many workshops cover) to discuss things like theories of change, needs assessment tools, and logic models - all of which can often be overlooked, yet make a huge difference in the effectiveness of a grant proposal. Thanks for the insight.”

Michaela D, RunningWorks

“The information was well presented and assisted me in tying together some loose ends in my grant writing.  I appreciated having the webinar information available immediately, giving me a chance to review alongside my notes to focus on the points I found most helpful.”

Lauri Hollingsworth

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