Grant Writing Workshops

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Date(s) - Wed. Feb. 06, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Grant Seeking & Writing Workshops

Location: The classes will be held at the Arts at the Armory building (191 Highland Ave) in the basement level

Somerville Media Center is offering two workshops with experienced grant writer and educator Ellen Gugel. The workshops are geared to non-profit professionals, artists and community members who are interested in learning how to research applicable grants and create successful proposals.

The first workshop will cover grant-seeking, and the second grant writing. Each workshop is $75. More information about the class, instructor and registration is found below. For any questions about these workshops, please contact SMC Membership & Outreach Director, Erica Jones at



An Introduction to Grant Seeking

Grant writing skills are in demand and valuable to anyone working in non-profits, community programs, government agencies, academic research, arts and environmental groups and even businesses seeking grants or government contracts. This ability is also a valuable skill for job seekers or volunteers serving in community based organizations. This workshop provides an introduction to the grant seeking process including an overview of the essential administrative functions for grant acquisition, types of funding sources, prospect research, cultivation of funders, breakdown of budgets, the anatomy of a grant, examining examples, and preparing a proposal concept.

Participants will gain the following benefits:

-An overview of fundraising in today’s competitive environment
-Hands on knowledge of how to research funding sources
-Knowledge of how to approach and cultivate funding prospects
-Mastery of grant writing basics
-The opportunity to write and have critiqued your own grant writing piece



Beyond “Grant Writing 101”

This “deep dive” advanced grant writing workshop builds on your basic grant writing skills and knowledge. Developing a solid, fundable grant proposal goes beyond good writing and organizing, and this workshop will cover advanced topics including budgets, logic models, cover letters, leveraging resources and partnerships, and others. We’ll ask the tough questions that help us create proposals that get funded, stay funded, and are aligned with our organization’s mission and priorities. Participants will learn the strategic plan of grant writing, by writing exercises that help them write an executive summary and other sections. This workshop will be a combination lecture, interactive exercises, writing exercises, and discussion. Participants will leave the class understanding how to research, write and develop their specific project.

Participants Will Gain the Following Benefits:

-Learn the strategic plan of grant writing through writing exercises and examples
-Understand how to research, write and develop a specific project
-Understand how the project budget fits with the narrative and its importance
-Basic understanding of program design through logic models and other tools