Researching and Writing Grants (GRT01)
Writing effective funding proposals is an increasingly important skill in the municipal, not-for-profit, small business, and even the corporate world. This course is designed for beginner grant proposal writers, as well as those with varied experiences in the grant writing process. You will gain practical knowledge and advice about grant seeking and writing, including sector overviews, funding organisations, the importance of research, and the process for writing the application. You will also become aware of the reporting requirements and financial accountability once you have received funding.
Researching and Writing Grants will enable you to identify funding sources, develop your grant-writing skills, secure relationships and address the appropriate audiences. On day two of the course, you will practice writing applications to grantmakers who fund organizations in the Peace Country. By the end of this course, you will be able to confidently draft a funding proposal to convince potential funders that your goals are aligned with theirs.
This course is facilitated by Gary Christopherson, a Peace Country economic development and innovation consultant. He has written funding proposals and raised millions of dollars for regional non-profits, businesses, indigenous communities, municipalities, innovators, educational institutions, museums, etc. He has also been an entrepreneur, focusing on start-ups with innovative products and services; as well as a program manager in Ottawa where he worked for the Government of Canada processing grants. Thus, he knows both sides of the process: both approving and writing grant applications. Gary believes that long-term success in grant writing requires an understanding of the motives of funders and the aspirations of program managers who process the grants. He is eager to share his insights and build fundraising capacity in the region!