How to Successfully Tell Your Story in Your Grant Application

  • Duration
    90 Minutes
  • Author
    Diane Leonard, GPC
  • Course Level
  • Year Created
  • CFRE Approved
    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 GPA approved trainer.  Diane Leonard, GPC is one of only 25 GPA approved trainers.

Participating in “How to Successfully Tell Your Story in Your Grant Application” will teach you how to craft a compelling story in your grant application using all required elements of the grant application. From the abstract to the budget and all narrative elements in between, we will walk through how to create a consistent and competitive story.

Competitive grants draw the reviewer into the need and the proposed program or project and engage them in such a way that they are compelled to advocate for the proposal. In “How to Successfully Tell Your Story in Your Grant Application” we will walk through the ways to include storytelling elements like client success stories into your grant proposals to strengthen the story your application tells.

Storytelling is not only a key to successful fundraising efforts with individual donors. Storytelling is also a key element for successful grant writing.  While some grant applications lend themselves to a major donor style storytelling approach, every government grant application also tells a story to the reviewer scoring your application. In “How to Successfully Tell Your Story in Your Grant Application” we will address the differences in how to tell your story for foundation grant applications versus in government grant applications.

During This Nonprofit Webinar You Will Learn:

  • How telling your story varies by the type of grantmaker
  • How your organization’s story looks and potentially sounds different between foundation and government proposals;
  • How to use engaging stories in foundation grant applications;
  • How to effectively integrate stories in government grant applications; and
  • How to tell your organization’s story in character counted choppy online applications.

This Webinar is Perfect For You If…

  • You are new or relatively new to the field of grant seeking; or
  • You are looking to increase your success percentage and craft more competitive grant applications.

You’ll Get These BONUS Materials: 

  1. Storytelling development guide
  2. Storytelling checklist for foundation grants
  3. Storytelling checklist for government grants
  4. Storytelling resource guide
  5. Webinar slides
  6. Webinar recording

What Attendees Said about This Nonprofit Webinar:

“This is a great webinar for those who are new to grant writing!”

Alex Penwill, El Porvernir

“It was very informative and packed a whole lot of information and useful resources to guide the team.”

Rachel Desouza

“Diane was very knowledgeable and engaging. She responded to our questions in real time and made her presentation relevant for an audience that included a broad range of roles.”

Amelia Rosenman, California Academy of Sciences

“This is an excellent introduction to grant writing with wise guidance on the perspective from which to structure a proposal.”

Bevan Linsley, Aquidneck Community Table

“The material Diane presented provided me with wonderful insight to storytelling and how to improve and enable my team's ability to write and prepare winning proposals for government and foundation funding opportunities.”

Brandy Hudson, Youth Advocate Programs

“This was one of the best presented and most helpful webinars I've attended in the past year! The information was tactical and applicable, and Diane was incredibly engaging and efficient.”

Rebekah Meyerowitz, Partnership For A Healthier America

“Diane provided new insight, even for someone who has been writing grants for nearly six years, as well as very helpful examples of storytelling in grants. “

Katie McGrath, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado

“This webinar served to both reinforce what I knew about storytelling in grant applications and also gave new ideas on how I can be more effective to better increase our chance of being awarded the grant “

Jason Bruni, Teton Science Schools

"This was a great reminder of how important it is that we connect with our reviewers.  Thanks

Tammy Carruthers, Chemainus Theatre

“Diane Leonard is a knowledgeable, skilled, and engaging presenter. There is a usable take-away from each of her sessions. As a seasoned professional, I highly recommend sharpening your tools by studying with her.”

Barbara Polston, Child Crisis Arizona

“As a seasoned grantwriter, I was skeptical that this webinar would have much to offer. I was pleasantly surprised, as the content was fresh, engaging, and gave me so much to think about. I'm inspired to find ways that I can continue to grow as a compelling grantwriter.”

Christy Moceri, Live Without Fear

“The webinar treated me in an intelligent manner while realizing that novices need easy to understand instruction, specific examples, and a welcoming and gentle presentation.  All done with a "coach-like" atmosphere aimed to send me into the grant writing game prepares (so I am confident) and confident to succeed.”

Barbra Moeller

About Your Topic Expert:

Diane H. Leonard, GPC, ST, SM, SPO is a Grant Professional Certified (GPC) and Approved Trainer of the Grant Professionals Association and Certified Virtual Trainer. Diane is also a Scrum Trainer,  Scrum Master, and Scrum Product Owner through Scrum inc.

Since 2006, Diane and her team have secured more than $66.75 million dollars in competitive grant awards for the clients of DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services. She is an active member of the Grant Professionals Association.

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

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