Basic Proposal Writing was presented at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Squirrel Hill Branch on July 6, 2017 and the next seminar has not been scheduled. Request information by calling (412) 622-6277.     

This seminar is presented on a rotating basis at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Nonprofit Resource Center (one-day format) and for community organizations (two-three hour format) including CORO Pittsburgh, Student Conservation Corps, and area universities. Call the Grants Hotline (412) 414-2251 to request these topics as an agency in-service, webinar or conference presentation. 


This introductory-level seminar is for individuals who are new to grants and proposal writing or seeking a refresher. Participants learn about the following topics through a PowerPoint presentation, hands-on exercise and discussion.


> Getting Ready for Grants

> Overview of the Grant Seeking Process

> Basic Components of Grant Proposals to Foundations

> Writing Letters of Inquiry and Short Proposals-Exercise

> Steps to Develop a Grant Proposal from Start to Submission

> Preparing Online Grant Submissions

> Tips to Improve Proposal Success Rates

The following comments came from recent participants in response to the evaluation item: The best thing about the program was… “Katherine took time to answer questions, spoke plainly and was very knowledgeable…I was not intimidated even though I’m new to grant writing…she made time for questions and was willing to touch on advanced topics…there was so much information but organized and accessible…her calm yet engaging presentation style, also organized well for participants with a wide range of knowledge…sample proposal, pre-proposal worksheet and resources were helpful...The handouts are great! They concisely took what Katherine was saying and made it very accessible.”


As a GPA Approved Trainer, Katherine's learning objectives have been reviewed and approved by the Grant Professionals Association National Training Committee. 

GPA Approved Trainer – Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

1.1 Understand the societal and philanthropic context for grant seeking.
1.2 Understand who is typically eligible to receive grants and entities providing grants.
1.3 List the main steps in the grant seeking process.
1.4 Describe steps and resources for researching and matching foundation funders.
1.5 List the types of documents prepared by grant writers.
1.6 List the basic parts and information required in grant proposals.
1.7 Understand technical language in grant proposals, e.g., jargon and writing styles.
1.8 Use a 10-item worksheet to draft a letter of inquiry and outline a short proposal.
1.9 Review and discuss an awarded short grant proposal.
1.10 Describe how to prepare an online grant submission.
1.11 Appreciate roles of foundation staff and the relationship-building process.
1.12 Describe post-award grant stewardship, management and reporting duties.

GPCI Skills and Competencies*
#1Knowledge of how to research, identify and match funding resources to meet specific needs.
#2Knowledge of organizational development as it pertains to grant seeking.
#3Knowledge of strategies for effective program and project design and development.
#4Knowledge of how to craft, construct and submit an effective grant application.
#5Knowledge of methods and strategies that cultivate and maintain relationships between fund-seeking and recipient organizations and funders.
#8Knowledge of methods and strategies that cultivate and maintain relationships between fund-seeking and recipient organizations and funders.
#9Ability to write a convincing case for funding.

*Addresses and corresponds to the GPC (Grant Professional Certified) credentialing examination of the Grant Professional Certification Institute (GPCI).