Learn the skills and techniques to succeed in winning grants.
We provide customized trainings to meet the needs of both individual organizations and groups of organizations. Click each selection below to learn about our offerings for specific audiences.
Nonprofit Staff + Leaders
Allow us to customize a training tailored to address the unique needs, challenges, and opportunities of your organization. We have designed and delivered training experiences for executive leaders, front-line grant fundraisers, and program staff not directly involved in grant writing.
Examples of the customized trainings we have developed to advance the knowledge, skill, and savvy of staff members and leadership teams at individual organizations:
For a local human service organization, we presented new grant protocols and processes to the full staff, in order to set up the grant seeking team for better collaboration and greater success.
For a major science museum, we helped curatorial and education staff understand their role in grant seeking and how to cooperate internally with fund development staff in the grant writing process.
For a public liberal arts college, we trained faculty in how to look for grant opportunities to fund their academic priorities and how to write grant proposals that highlight the most grant-fundable aspects of their work.
"You facilitated a terrific combination of knowledge and small group work, and had everyone discussing and asking great questions."
BVU: THE CENTER FOR NONPROFIT EXCELLENCE
Newly Hired Grants Staff
When you are on-boarding a new staff member who is either new to grants or simply new to your organization's grants processes, we can provide mentoring and training that helps them acclimate more quickly and effectively to their new role.
Don't let a staffing transition slow down your grants effort. Give your new grants staff member the support to be successful in their new role. Grants Plus can facilitate the on-boarding and orientation process customized to your process and needs.
- When a major community agency was hiring a new foundation relations manager, we advised the leadership team to vet and select the best candidate and oriented the new staff member to her role.
When a busy human service agency hired a major gifts fundraiser to manage the grants effort, we designed a series of virtual lessons to provide a fast education in grant seeking best practices.
When a museum hired a junior grants manager, we taught her how to maintain the museum's grants calendar and we provided coaching on her first grant applications.
"When our new staff member joined Akron Art Museum, she benefited from several weeks of mentoring and information transfer provided by Grants Plus."
Bryan de Boer
AKRON ART MUSEUM
Boards of Directors
Board volunteers can become fundraising champions by better understanding the realities of nonprofit grant seeking and how they can contribute to new grant victories.
Through a single workshop or a series of educational sessions, we will help board members understand their part in the grant seeking process and create a shared understanding of what is possible if they are engaged.
For a nonprofit medical provider, we informed board members about the role of foundation funding in their local philanthropic environment and empowered them with suggestions to open doors and forge funder relationships.
For a local human service agency, we educated board members about achieving a healthy organizational funding mix that includes some grant funding.
- For a chapter of a national youth-serving agency, we motivated board members to strive for a culture of philanthropy and achieve board involvement in fundraising and grant seeking.
"Thank you so much for your presentation! It was excellent. Many of our volunteers do not know what goes into working with foundations. You opened their eyes. I loved it when our two board volunteers offered that they have contacts in their communities! We are already talking about ways we can connect with them moving forward."
OHIO LIVING FOUNDATION
Foundations + Nonprofit Associations
Foundations and nonprofit associations can convene groups of organizational leaders to learn, discuss, and apply new techniques and strategies—and in doing so, make a powerful difference for the organizations they serve and support.
We have been counted on by community foundations, nonprofit associations, and community chambers to deliver relevant, interactive trainings for many hundreds of nonprofit leaders.
- For the Barberton Community Foundation, we taught grant writers how to craft a core compelling idea that sets their grant applications apart.
For the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management in Pittsburgh, we taught nonprofit fundraising staff how to find federal funding opportunities and evaluate their competitiveness to apply.
For Impact 100, a major community giving circle in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, we conducted a training for grantees to understand how to prepare a stronger application.
"This workshop gave new insight and a refreshing approach to creating winning grant proposals! The room was buzzing as participants shared how beneficial it was and 100% rated it completely worthwhile!"
THE RAYMOND JOHN WEAN FOUNDATION