Writing a grant proposal is easier these days. Years back it was 25 pages minimum.
In my day-long workshop, I’ll clue you in on funders wanting it shorter.
There’s currently a $100,000 Gates Foundation grant for innovative ways to tackle diseases. They want it in two pages!
There are other grant applications that only ask for 600 characters!
Funders want succinctness and brevity. There’s urgency out there and your solution may well be the answer.
But first, you need to find the grants.
The Internet can be challenging so I’ll maneuver you to sites where funding is available and opportunities you didn’t think about. Ever heard of Angel groups? Not the harp-playing variety but actual private citizens who’ll take your proposal seriously. I’ll introduce you to them.
I’ll also focus on websites, one that compliments your proposal. We’ll review the best websites today that bring in lots of money for their causes.
The first big mistake in writing is using jargon and terms that mystify and turn-off funders. I’ve gathered a long list of no-no words (like “empowerment”.) Avoid them and you’re closer to getting a grant.
We often have the best ideas but on paper they’re chaotic, confusing, and don’t get to the point.
Your proposal needs order: The Problem, The Need, Your Organization, The Solution, The Budget… These are steps ending with a crescendo.
The Enlightenment. The Persuasive Point.
I know the order. I’ve written it thousands of times with great results. I’ve read many proposals (I did my share of funding) and will now reveal to you the most compelling “tipping points.”
Lastly, the winning proposal these days is one that tells a story. Funders know the big stuff, the millions affected by diseases, poverty, natural disasters; they see that on CNN.
They want a personal story from you, how your day-to-day work to a person or community in need, amplified large is what’s making positive changes. Unique, innovative, and gets results.
I’ll teach you to write your story.
My workshops start at 9:30 am and ends by 5:00 pm. An hour lunch-break is on your own. Bring your laptops and a sweater since the Library can get coldish.
Dates/ Fee: Sept. 22, 30, or Oct. 20, 2010
Address: Ortigas Library, 2nd flr.,
Ortigas Bldg, corner Meralco and Ortigas Ave., Pasig City