This course is designed for nonprofits that want to not only get better at writing successful proposals, but also get better at the process of researching and applying for foundation and government grants. The course is also for grant writers or freelance writers who want to offer their clients a more comprehensive approach to grant writing.
When you’re done with the course, you’ll have assembled one of the most powerful tools a nonprofit can have – a proposal boilerplate.
The boilerplate contains about 75% of the language you’ll need as you’re drafting proposals. Working on the boilerplate outside the pressure of a proposal deadline will result in language that is better-written, as well as more thoughtful and strategic. It will also set you up to be uber-efficient as you’re writing proposals in the future.
Throughout this course we'll be using real examples and real language, and each lesson includes a transcript, so you can kickstart your own boilerplate.
You’ll also be given strategies and tips for finding foundation and government grants, including:
Finally, we’ll be walking through key strategies for completing solid applications, including:
Each video session includes two downloads: a PDF of the slides in handout format, and a Word document transcript.
In this session, you'll learn about the value of creating a proposal boilerplate and the overall structure of a boilerplate document.
In this session, we'll work on your Mission and History statement to create a solid foundation to any proposal.
In this session, you'll write language to let funders know your overall philosophy and the specific approach you take in response to that philosophy.
In this session, you'll assemble key statistics and conclusions that support your program and approach.
In this session, you'll be creating long and short descriptions of each of your program using a consistent, logical structure.
In this session, you'll be exploring and writing about the mechanisms you use to maintain accountability for quality service delivery.
In this session, you'll be exploring and writing about your plans to keep your programs sustainable beyond funding.
In this session, you'll be writing about the different types of partnerships you engage in to keep your programs strong.
In this session, you'll be wrapping up your boilerplate by writing sections about your governance and leadership, than making sure you have the right supporting documents.
In this session, you'll learn how to research and find appropriate foundations to support your work.
In this session, you'll learn how to research and find appropriate government grants to support your work.
In this session, you'll learn the value of relationships and craft a sample letter of intent.
In this session, you'll learn some key strategies for assembling a solid and complete proposal.
In this session, you'll learn a basic structure for a program budget and how to calculate different line items.
In this session, you'll learn a few tips for ongoing success, whether you get the grant or not.
Tim has a dual background in marketing and policy development. His passion is helping nonprofits align all of the necessary communication tools and strategies to be effective at accomplishing their goals. These tools range from branding and communication strategy to print campaigns, web development, web applications, copywriting, legislation, policy and program development. Tim has helped organizations like the Willow Creek Association, Awana Clubs International, TASC, DuPage PADS, Bright Hope International and nonprofits of various shapes and sizes in the Chicagoland area. Most recently, Tim helped the Illinois Division of Mental Health receive a $4 million federal grant for services for at-risk youth.
Tim has also worked at the intersection of social service, drug treatment and criminal justice policy in Illinois for 17 years. As Special Counsel for Policy for a statewide nonprofit, he was responsible for research, analysis and policy support for a number of agency activities, primarily legislative analysis, and policy and program design in the areas of criminal justice and diversion / alternatives to incarceration. He also co-authored a number of papers on treatment, diversion and disproportionate minority confinement.
Tim prioritizes helping organizations that do redemptive work – organizations that attempt to bring healing to brokenness, and restoration of hope. He's also a lawyer, but don't worry...he's one of the good guys.