Winning the Proposal: Strategies to Write a Successful Grant

Effective grant writing 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 interactive workshop, composed of 4 sessions, will focus on identifying suitable funders, organizing for efficiency and effectiveness, and creating a compelling project rationale and plan. Examples, additional resources, and helpful tools, including AI, will be included in the presentations and discussions.

Expert: Barbara McMillan

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

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

Session 2: Getting Started

  • 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

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

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

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

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