Katherine developed the APW Series in 2011 and has annually presented the three-day course for Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Nonprofit Resource Center. APW enables participants to understand guidelines and prepare proposals requested by most funders, using the Common Grant Application Format and common online application formats as a reference. Participants learn how to develop a pre-proposal plan, research and apply to multiple funders, make initial inquiries, and prepare narrative, budget and attachments for both hard copy and online applications with limited character space. See the full description below. 

The next in-person course is scheduled for the first three Tuesdays in October 1, 8, and 15, 2019 at CLP-Nonprofit Resource Center in Oakland (Pittsburgh, PA). The cost is more affordable (~$99) than training provided by national organizations, includes the same high-level best grant practices, and is 100% focused on Southwestern PA funders. Registration details will be posted in late summer on our Events page. 

Participant evaluations stated the "best parts" were"Presenter was very engaging and informative, brought up realistic and helpful scenarios...her ability to connect with people in addition to learning about proposal writing...highly interactive and use of examples helped to conceptualize the process...spreadsheets for prospective funders, budget and sustainability plan, takeaway tools and Gantt Chart...cooperative small group exercises to develop proposals...wealth of Katherine's experience and her willingness to share it." 

Course Description: Each of the three full-day seminars includes in-depth hands-on learning for components of the program or project grant proposal:  (1) pre-proposal planning, multi-funder research, organizational capacity and problem/need statement; (2) program/project design and development including outcomes and practical evaluation methods; and (3) program/project budget and sustainability plans. Individuals should have previous familiarity with grants through training or experience. Participants will have the opportunity to develop or improve a program or project proposal aimed at foundations. The seminars are held from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm in Classroom A-Main Branch in Oakland, sponsored by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Nonprofit Resource Center.

Each seminar (described in detail below) features PowerPoint instruction, demonstrations and hands-on exercises to develop and improve a program or project proposal using elements of the Common Grant Application Format (Grantmakers of Western PA, http//www.gwpa.org). Takeaways include LOI and proposal samples, outlines and template tools (hard copy and electronic files) in MS Word and Excel, and proposal feedback. Attendees are recommended to bring a non-deadline proposal to develop or improve during the series.

Seminar #1: Planning Multi-Funder Projects, Polishing the Organization Description, and Presenting the Population, Problem and Need

Learn how to: (1) research and develop a funding plan involving multiple sources of support; (2) polish organizational information into an engaging capacity statement; (3) present compelling problem/need data for the populations served; (4) prepare a pre-proposal, Letter of Inquiry, and pass an online eligibility quiz; and (5) initiate a "soft inquiry" for application questions.

Topics: Grant Seeking Process (Full-Funding Project Approach); Pre-Proposal Planning; Multi-Funder Search and Match Process; Letters of Inquiry; Strengthening Organizational Capacity; Writing and Editing Practices;  Presenting a Strong Case for Support in the Problem/Need Statement; Using Data Well in Proposals; Why/How to Ask Questions

Seminar #2: Developing an Effective Program / Project Application

Learn how to: (1) present evidence that your program design will work; (2) construct charts requested by funders, including a Logic Model to develop the program, and a Gantt Chart to present the program/project plan; (3) describe partnerships; and (4) develop a practical evaluation plan with realistic and measurable outcome statements.

Topics: Researching "Best Practices"  Program Design and Evidence-Based Approaches; Logic Model for Program Development and Outcomes; Gantt Chart for Goals, Objectives, Key Activities, Staffing and Timeline; Levels and Types of Partnerships-Private and Public; Evaluation Plan, Outcome and Impact Statements; Executive Summary; Cover Letter; and Proposal Titles

Seminar #3: Building a Project Budget and Sustainability Plan

Learn how to: (1) construct and justify a detailed proposal budget based on the program/project plan; (2) identify funding gaps and draft a Sustainability Plan; (3) complete online budget forms; (4) prepare and upload required attachments; and (5) get ready for grant reporting.

Topics: Sustainability Issues; Resource Grid to Identify Funding Gaps; Finding In-Kind and Community Resources using Discover Total Resources (Mellon Financial Corporation, 2000); Constructing a Common Grant Proposal Budget from the Gantt Chart; Including the Value of Volunteer Time and In-Kind Contributions in Proposal Budgets; Budget Justification Format; Sample Common Grant Proposal and Budget; Required Attachments; Online Submission Process; Post-Award Prep and Grant Reporting; 20 Tips and Strategies to Improve Proposal Success

Katherine is the course developer and topics from the APW Series are also available as an agency-based training combined with proposal coaching, and conference and/or webinar presentation. Please send a message on our Contact page for more information. 


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