Win More Grants by Becoming GRANT READY is an essential grant planning preparation course. It provides a discussion of all the documents and organizational preparations you need to have in place to successfully apply for grant funding, impress grant makers, run a smooth grant management system, and always, always include the latest data, statistics, descriptions, outcomes, and other information that supports your need and justifies your solution. To be considered for any funding, your NPO HAS to be GRANT READY. This course is perfect for any grant writer. And not only is it ideal as an aid to teaching your NPO or clients how to become GRANT READY, but as a consultant you most definitely can bill for your time spent training and preparing your clients to become GRANT READY.
While updating my Grant Readiness checklist, I surveyed grant writers and consultants from across the USA, requesting their descriptions of being GRANT READY. The outcome became this course: a good, solid picture of what grant makers tend to ask about, and information needed to provide those answers.
This is a short course, less than an hour, but you'll spend considerable time assembling the list of required information, developing a system of delegating and following up with those assigned to maintain data or submit information.
So, plan to do some work, then watch your NPO soar. This course will help you improve your grant presentations and applications, your understanding of your mission, vision, and potential to achieve them. Once you complete the assignments, you'll see your programs and projects in a clearer light. You'll know more about how your services dovetail with others both similar and complimentary.
You'll spend less time trying to find needed details. Grant application processes such as writing and reviewing, obtaining the specific budget information needed, assembling required attachments, and submitting well before deadlines will just go more smoothly. Wouldn't THAT be nice?
The course is divided into two basic parts.
The first six lectures describe why GRANT READINESS is important, and what a GRANT READY NPO looks like.
The last four lectures review the contents of the checklists and why those items matter.
Lecture 11 wraps up with a summary, assignments to build your own GRANT READINESS checklist, and a simple system for managing these records.
You'll download a seven-page checklist of needed items, broken down into five categories. The checklist can be used as is, or edited to fit your or your clients' needs. This checklist is suitable for most categories of charitable giving, but if something is missing, just add it. And if you share it with me I'll add it and add your name and company to the credits.
Overview of what this course is about, who will benefit and how, and a description of the course expectations.
You'll learn the importance of grant readiness, what grant readiness is, why you want to be grant ready, and the benefits to each party of being grant ready
Lecture 4 covers the importance of your NPO's internal behaviors; how to make your NPO stand out; why grant writers screen NPOs; & how being Grant Ready saves money
What funders look for defines Grant Ready. This lecture gives you some insight from the funders' point of view
Profile of a grant ready NPO. Five categories of current information needed
Section 2 contains your course download, the Grant Ready checklist that you can copy, and change to suit your needs.
Detailed review of the first checklist. Some documents are listed under multiple headings doing double or triple duty.
These two lists are covered together as they do overlap. These describe your scope of service and the service area you serve
The fourth list is specific to your program(s) and how you will use grant funds
The fifth list specifies which elements to include in your grants management system and evidence of these elements
Lecture 11 is a course review, summary and assignment(s) and an invitation to share in the discussion section to get help from me or from other students, and benefit from our vast, combined pool of knowledge
While working as a respiratory therapist, I was given an opportunity to write a grant proposal for a co-worker, which was funded. This opened many doors for me, including the opportunity to become a professional grant writer, CQI Coordinator, Risk Manager, and to develop patient programs for a rural hospital district.
Over the next ten years I learned enough from our mistakes to begin developing a strategic grant planning and management system. This eventually became one that was, also, STRESS-FREE.
Our original book, CQI/TQM for the Rest of Us, was published and sold in the US, Canada, and Australia. We also presented as a workshop to health organizations in four states.
I then began writing ebooks on a regular basis, the next one on becoming a grant writer, followed by others on starting businesses on a shoestring. And now, I'm turning my 30+ years experience into classroom and home study courses on working from home or from a mobile office (full time travelers.) My video courses here are based on those courses.