Maine Philanthropy Center

Building Connections for Maine Grantmakers

Introduction to Grant Writing

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 -
10:00am to 12:00pm EDT
Virtual Event
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Presented by Philanthropy Massachusetts

From developing the proposal idea to completing the details of the budget, this workshop provides an outline to use to prepare clear, concise, comprehensive, and competitive proposals. Participants will learn to develop measurable project goals, objectives, and outcomes required in every proposal. They will also learn to create meaningful content for full proposals, letters of intent/inquiry, and online grant applications as well a post-award reporting.

The intended topics covered in this webinar are as follows:

  • Grants as part of the fundraising plan
  • Preparing the proposal idea including SMART goals and objectives
  • Outlines for full grant proposals and letters of intent/inquiry
  • Examining reasons for proposal rejection
  • Exploring rules of grant management

This webinar provides learning opportunities for novice and intermediate (2 to 3 years) grant seekers.

About the Presenter:

Diane Gedeon-Martin has focused on grants, grant seeking, and fund development for nonprofit organizations for 30 years. She launched The Write Source in 1993 that today boasts a roster of over 280 clients in 26 states and Washington, DC. With her assistance, her clients received grants ranging from $5,000 to upwards of $5.0 million for new and current programs, special projects, research, and capital campaigns from all types of foundations, corporations, and the different levels of government. In fact, she specializes in submitting grant proposals to 14 of the 26 federal grantmaking departments and agencies.

She is a popular speaker, instructor, and certified Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) Master Trainer. For 14 years, she was a faculty member of The Fund Raising School at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University where she also co-authored the curriculum for their Grant Proposals course. She is currently an instructor for Philanthropy Massachusetts, The Alliance – Voice for Community Nonprofits in Connecticut, and the Principles of Fundraising program offered by the Connecticut Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Because of her expertise in the field, Diane is a frequent speaker at conferences sponsored by local, state, national, and international associations. Diane is a 27-year member of AFP, a Legacy Member of the Grant Professionals Association (GPA), and a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Philanthropic Counsel (APC).

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