Katherine developed the APW Series in 2011 and has presented the three-part course for Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Nonprofit Resource Center. APW enables participants to understand guidelines and prepare proposals requested by most private foundations using the Common Grant Application Format. Participants learn how to reduce narrative to 2,200 characters or less, complete budget forms, and attachments to fit online platforms. See the full description, topics, and learning objectives below. 

Space is limited. Registration is required at (412) 622-6277. 

Announcement: https://www.carnegielibrary.org/event/advanced-proposal-writing-session-1/2017-10-10

The last series was presented to 24 participants in November 2017. Participants stated in their evaluations that the best parts of the three seminars 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." 

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 engage in hands-one exercises to develop or improve a program/project proposal aimed at foundations. The three 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 (below) features PowerPoint instruction, demonstrations and hands-on exercises to develop and improve a program or project proposal using established elements of the Common Grant Application Format (Grantmakers of Western PA, http//www.gwpa.org). Takeaways include handouts with checklists and resource list, template tools 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 in-service by calling the Grants Hotline (412) 414-2251. 


Participants May Request a Copy of:
>GPA Approved Trainer – Learning Objectives
>GPCI Skills / Competencies