If you’ve searched for writing jobs, you’ve probably found many positions for grant writers. Could you fill one of those positions. Are you a member of an arts program of any kind? There are grants that might fit your needs.
In this class you will learn how to research grants using a variety of websites and databases that will cover both federal and private grants. You will also learn how to write a proposal, create a budget and an evaluation plan, and finally some tips, tricks, helpful hints, and how you can take these new skills and use them in a variety of ways.
During the first week of class we will look at different ways to research grants from private and family foundations, corporate foundations, and finally government organizations. We will also cover how to find grants for individuals interested in attending conferences, receiving awards or fellowships, or looking for more advanced schooling. Along with the research I’ll introduce you to some sites that will help you along the way and we’ll practice writing a letter of inquiry. We will also look at websites where you can find statistics and research to back up the reasons for submitting your grant.
The next week will focus on the process of writing the proposal. First we’ll look at the executive summary and talk about different strategies to handle the specifics of each foundation. Then we will go on to the narrative and discuss each section of the narrative. Along with this I will include a few sample grant applications for students to write and send in for feedback. Finally we will research the common grant application and see how it changes the field of proposal writing.
In the third week the focus will be budgets. Creating a budget can one of the more difficult aspects of grant writing. As an assignment we will work on finding quotes to use for the budget writing process and discuss how to decide which is the correct choice for you.
Week four will cover how to create an evaluation plan. Not every grantmaker requires an evaluation plan, but it is a helpful step to show how to measure the impact the grant has. Because of Thanksgiving this will be a shorter week.
Finally in the last week I’ll show a sample rating system from a foundation so you may see how your work is judged. We will also look at tips and tricks in grant writing and finally how to improve your grant writing skills over time.
Instructor Rachel Stevenson
Rachel Stevenson is a librarian in Erie County, Pennsylvania. Her passion for nonprofits and helping them find grants stems from her time on the board of the Friends of Drake Well, Inc., the nonprofit that assists in fundraising for the Drake Well Museum in her hometown of Titusville, PA. She also served on the board of the Crawford County Historical Society and the Friends of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta, NY.
She received a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009 and in addition, holds a master’s degree of art in arts administration from Goucher College in 2014, where she teaches a grant research methods class.
Stevenson is an avid reader and loves traditional Regency romances, historical fiction especially about the World Wars and the Long Weekend, and historical mysteries. She acts as Lois Alter Mark’s bibliotherapist on her blog Midlife at the Oasis and has been featured in the Huffington Post and Forbes.com.
She lives in Erie, PA with thousands of books and her Siberian husky, Rory.