Maine Philanthropy Center

Building Connections for Maine Grantmakers

Sector Event: Beginning Grantwriting

When: 
Tuesday, October 4, 2022 -
10:00am to 1:00pm EDT
Where: 
Virtual Meeting
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Presented by the Maine Association of Nonprofits

This event is offered in partnership with the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN).

Many people who work in nonprofits find themselves in the position of “accidental grantwriter” and do not feel fully equipped for the challenge. This session will provide a balance of applicable content and resources to deepen participants’ knowledge of and skills in grantwriting.

Specifically designed for beginners, this workshop will introduce grantwriting to nonprofit professionals who have less than one year of experience with the skill. By the end of this session, participants will learn the steps to craft, construct, and submit an effective grant application, including:

  • Understanding the various elements of a standard grant proposal application
  • Managing the grant timelines so that high-quality and complete proposals are submitted on time
  • Finding data sources to support proposal narratives
  • Creating effective presentations of grant-narrative elements and ideas among or within proposal components
  • Identify which proposal-writing approaches, styles, tones, and formats will work best.
  • Using appropriate and accurate visuals to highlight information
  • Identify effective practices for developing realistic, accurate line-item and narrative budgets that describe the relationship between line-items and project activities
  • Selecting evaluation models and methods for the grant applications
  • Workshop participants will receive a digital copy of the Handbook for Successful Grant Writing that covers topics ranging from research and planning to a glossary of commonly used terms. The Handbook is only available to participants and is not otherwise for sale.

This session focuses on the grantwriting process.

About the presenter

Georgina Chinchilla Gonzalez is the executive director of ComMUSICation, a St. Paul music youth development organization. Her recent work experience includes fundraising roles at Think Small and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as roles in youth development through Girl Scouts of MN and WI River Valleys and as a Peace Corps volunteer. Georgina holds a masters of business administration from the University of St. Thomas, a masters in musicology from the University of Minnesota, and a bachelors in violin performance from Eastern Michigan University. She volunteers as a youth program quality external assessor through Sprockets, the St. Paul out of school time network.

For more information and to register, visit the event page.

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