Finding a Needle in a Haystack: How to Successfully Research Grants

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    90 Minutes
  • Author
    Diane Leonard, GPC
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Finding a Needle in a Haystack: How to Successfully Research Grants

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**  Please note, that this webinar is intended for nonprofits researching US-based grantmakers. **

This course is brought to you by a GPA-approved trainer. Diane Leonard, GPC is 1 of only 18 GPA-approved trainers.

Does it feel like researching to identify new grant funders for your organization is like looking for a needle in a haystack or a diamond in the rough? Are you worried that you are overlooking “the perfect” grant opportunity for your organization? Or missing new opportunities as they begin to accept applications?

If you answered yes, then you are ready to learn more about grants.

Researching potential grant funders is a critical step in the grant development process and having an effective grant writing process. Having a solid understanding of a potential grant funder’s funding history, current priorities, and application and funding process is critical to winning a grant.

Grant funder research involves so much more than contact information and deadlines. It includes understanding funding trends, priority interests, types of support provided, and geographic focus. It includes understanding the type of grantmaker if they allow or encourage contact prior to applying, and who is on their board or decision-making committee. Great grant research sets up your grantmaker relationship outreach to be successful.

Participating in “Finding a Needle in a Haystack: How to Successfully Research Grants” will help you identify strong funding matches, create a plan for the year ahead, and ultimately set you up for grant funding success.

In this live, interactive nonprofit webinar, we will discuss how to best use the most common paid databases utilized by US-based nonprofits for foundation research and integrate that research with free research tools in order to draft an initial grant strategy.  We will use proven tools and strategies to successfully compile the multitude of information and documents collected during the research process in order to create a prioritized proactive grant-seeking strategy.

At CharityHowTo, we are all about 'grant writing made easy' and this is a critical step in being fully ready to learn about grants.

What You Will Learn from this Live Interactive Nonprofit Webinar:

  • How to utilize a variety of tools to conduct grant research
  • Understanding the pros and cons of the available paid databases.
  • Suggestions on a process for choosing a paid database.
  • Using paid databases to effectively research potential grant funders.
  • Using free research resources and options.
  • Exploring supplemental free research resources (beyond Google!).
  • Filling in the research blanks.
  • How to develop a strategy and manageable annual grant-seeking plan
  • Demonstrating how to use proven tools to organize the mountains of electronic and hard copy records amassed during grant research.
  • Creating an annual calendar of grant outreach and applications from your research.
  • Setting the stage for grant funder relationship development:  the next step after research and BEFORE submitting an application.

This Webinar is Perfect For You If…

  • Proactive grant research is not a part of your current grant-seeking process.
  • Your grant research is limited to what you can find on Google.
  • You are new to grant seeking and aren’t sure what information to focus on in all of the databases.
  • This webinar is targeted at US-based nonprofit organizations as the databases and tools highlighted in this webinar rely heavily on information provided by the US IRS 990 form.

You’ll Get These BONUS Materials:

  1. A tool for tracking your research results.
  2. A tool for managing your application deadlines.
  3. A tool for summarizing your opportunities to share and discuss with your colleagues.
  4. Research PRIORITIES template
  5. The Webinar Slides
  6. The Webinar Recording

**  Please note, that this webinar is intended for nonprofits researching US-based grantmakers. **

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 Live Webinar:

"Diane is a great resource. I enjoyed her webinar and learned a lot. It was a pleasure to learn best practices from a professional in the field.”

Madison Blackmon, Mission

“The presenter, Diane, was amazing. She was engaging, great at keeping my attention, and very knowledgeable in the subject. I'm usually skeptical of learning anything new on webinars, but she gave me a lot of food for thought and ideas of how to do my job better.”


“I really enjoyed how interactive and engaging she was. I thrive in that sort of learning environment, and she was able to tailor the content to where we needed it to go which was helpful”

Lynise Lassiter, Immaculate Heart Central School

“This webinar gave me a better sense of both how to set up an annual grant application strategy and how to determine to which grants to apply. The description of various free-access research tools was also very much appreciated.”

Alan Toda-Ambaras

“This webinar felt personalized, and Diane was very thorough and supportive throughout the presentation.”

Huda Dalaq,  Mercy Without Limits

“As a very new grant writer, the process can be so daunting that it's very difficult to get started. Diane broke down her process into easy-to-understand, easy-to-follow steps. Each step has a purpose behind why it needs to be done, and that is the biggest take-away for me. I now have a process and the reasons why to go about it a certain way. I highly recommend this course to any grant writers, but specifically beginners. This webinar will save you time and headaches in the future.” 

Nicolas Killeen, The Gift of Jazz

“The information was not all old news. I found myself challenged to do better for the organization I'm representing, keeping records of rejected grant opportunities as well as those we would like to pursue. This webinar is going to help us with the next steps in making a better strategy for getting funding.”

Sarah Darr, Gateway Grant Services

“Diane Leonard was an outstanding instructor of today' webinar, with her passion, knowledge and wisdom. Diane presented a marvelous webinar consisting of a wealth of information that will be beneficial in the grant writing process.”

Peggy Benton, WPBS

“We're new to the grant writing/research field, so everything in this webinar was golden!”

John Wrathall,  United Theological Seminary

"Wow! With one question during the Q&A, I was able to gather so much actionable knowledge. Thank you so much!”

Angela Smucker, Third Coast Baroque

Diane was very knowledgeable in the grant world.  I appreciated the breakdown of all the information and the immediate steps I can take to seek funding for my organization.

Patricia Jones, Three, and A Half Acres

“Diane Leonard's presentations are always so well constructed and engaging - I feel that I can get a satisfactory answer to any question, while she still keeps within the time allotment for the webinar. As someone who was thrown into the deep end of grants researches with no experience, I've learned a lot of lessons the hard way that I would have avoided entirely if I'd taken the Finding a Needle in a Haystack webinar first!”

Margaret Brady,  Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

“This webinar covered loads of helpful grant-research tips in a short amount of time.”

Bessie Taliaferro, The Lower Eastside Girls Club

“Even with 18 years as a grant professional, I found some great new nuggets of info that I will research and try out.”

Nina Suntzeff, Damar Services Inc

“The information presented was very comprehensive and "digestible"! While I have written and secured grants in the past, I received great tidbits of information and resources that will greatly assist me in the grant procurement process. This was definitely worth my time.”

Deborah Tweit, Waldorf School of San Diego

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