Winning the Proposal: Strategies to Write a Successful Grant

Effective grant seeking is about more than filling out an application form. It involves strategic prospect research, detailed project planning, and articulating a compelling case, all while employing efficient tools, processes, and systems. This workshop will teach you how to be successful in this process.

Expert: Barbara McMillan
Specialist in Community Engagement, Network and Organizational Development, and Strategic Philanthropy

Barbara McMillan’s extensive experience as a grantor, grantee, and instructor in grant writing provides a rich backdrop to help individuals and organizations build their capacity in grant seeking and proposal writing. Besides having assessed over 1000 grant applications, she has written many successful proposals and has taught grant seeking for over 25 years, including the Grant and Proposal Writing Course in BCIT’s Fundraising Management Certificate Program. Barbara holds a BA in Communications from Simon Fraser University and a Master of Management Degree (National Voluntary Sector Leaders) from McGill University. She has over 35 years’ experience working and volunteering with a wide range of community and civil sector organizations locally and globally, including Vancouver Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada, Health Canada’s Health Promotion Directorate, and United Way. Barbara’s active interest in environmental issues has included involvement with initiatives such as the North Shore Rain Garden Project, Cool North Shore, Sea to Sky Environment Forum, and Community Foundations and the Environment Fund.

Session 1: Context and Capacity

June 5, 2023, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM MDT

  • Identify strategies for building organizational capacity and creating efficiencies
  • Review current trends in grant funding
  • Practice prospect research techniques

Session 2: Getting Started

June 7, 2023, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM MDT

  • Compare Letters of Intent, concept notes, and grant proposal formats
  • Review basic proposal components and planning formats
  • Identify key considerations for budget planning

Session 3: Program Planning for Impact

June 12, 2023, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM MDT

  • Create compelling project rationales/needs statements
  • Review strategic planning methodologies, including the Theory of Change and Logic Models
  • Compare evaluations and monitoring strategies

Session 4: Refining, Reviewing, Follow-up, and Tips for Success

June 14, 2023, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM MDT

  • Practice refining proposal drafts
  • Understand how proposals are reviewed
  • Identify elements of grant follow-up
  • Review strategies for success

Get Started:

Non-Member Price:
Course Length:
4 x 90 Min Sessions
Career Stage:
Junior to Mid-Career

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