Katherine has provided this popular seminar since 2014 sponsored by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Nonprofit Resource Center. To be placed on the waiting list for the next seminar, call (412) 622-6277.  

Evaluation comments from previous participants:

"I’ve learned what I’ve done right and what mistakes I’ve made-I hope that I can turn things around and keep the organization running…very thorough, tracking system worksheet and funder search information…the best thing was the overall topic and the budget section…the slide handout is going to be a great resource in the future.”

“Katherine’s insight provides real world grant experience… resources included books, handouts, electronic templates and sample proposals…insider tips and strategies…data gathering and proposal strategies for how to slant your message to focus on agency opportunities rather than agency needs…she stayed on course the entire time-the seminar went swiftly without boring lulls.”


This one-day seminar is for individuals who have a basic understanding and experience with grant proposal writing and want to apply their writing and strategies for proposal requests that seek support for overhead, administrative and operating expenses of the organization. Participants will learn about:

>Types of Support: Operating vs Program and Capital Grant Requests

>Current Trends: Philanthropic support for overhead costs

>Gift or Grant? Process for Finding Best Fit Funders

>Pre-Proposal Worksheet and Letter of Inquiry for Operating Support

>Organizing and Writing an Operating Proposal using the Common Grant Application Format

>Checklist: Strategies for Successful Operating Grants

Participants will receive detailed PowerPoint notes, a pre-proposal worksheet for operating support, a grant tracking template, and outline for an operating proposal using the Common Grant Application Format.


GPA Approved Trainer – Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

1.1 Describe the similarities and differences between proposals for various types of support (capital, program, operating, capacity-building, endowment).

1.2 Describe the difference between a major gift from charitable trust and a grant.

1.3 Describe the steps and resources for researching and identifying matching funders for operating expenses.

1.4 List the basic parts of a grant proposal to foundations for operating support, including narrative sections and budget.

1.5 Describe strategies for presenting the best case for operating support.

1.6 Develop a pre-proposal or draft Letter of Inquiry for operating support.

1.7 Appreciate the role, expertise and resources of foundation staff and importance of the relationship-building process.

1.8 List tips for online grant submissions.

GPCI Skills / Competencies*

#1Knowledge of how to research, identify and match funding resources to meet specific needs.

#3Knowledge of strategies for effective program and project design and development.

#4Knowledge of how to craft, construct and submit an effective grant application.

#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 competencies tested in the GPC (Grant Professional Certified) credentialing examination offered by the Grant Professional Certification Institute (GPCI).