Learn the skills and techniques to succeed in winning grants.

How best to unlock an organization's internal potential to win grants? By making sure everyone involved in the grant seeking process understands the practices, stategies, realities, and rules of the grants game. We design and deliver customized trainings and webinars for individual organizations as well as groups of organizations. Learn how we can design a training that will prepare you to meet your challenges and reach your goals.

Who can benefit from a Grants Plus training or webinar?

Both online and in-person, 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.

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Webinars

Grants Plus has been called upon by community foundations, nonprofit associations, major chapter-based organizations and other institutions to design and deliver informative, interactive webinars. We will work with you to create a stand-alone webinar or a full series that teaches new skills, shares information, and moves to action.

What we'll provide

We will provide full support, including designing content, promotion and registration, delivery, evaluation, and follow-up.

"Thank you for a wonderful webinar. We have gotten very good feedback. We look forward to working with you again in the future and are so grateful for your quick turnaround on this helpful webinar!"

Donna Spengler Maggie Martinelli (Nasser)

SCRANTON AREA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

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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.

"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!"

Lori Wiebe
THE RAYMOND JOHN WEAN FOUNDATION

Train the organizations you serve + 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.

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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. 

Train your team

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."

Ann Kent
BVU: THE CENTER FOR NONPROFIT EXCELLENCE

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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.

Train your new hire

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

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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.

Train your board

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."

Donna Spengler
OHIO LIVING FOUNDATION

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First Time Grant Seekers

Is your organization or a specific staff member pursuing grants for the first time? Within one month of completing our interactive learning and coaching program, you'll gain techniques and confidence that will put you on the fast track to finding funders and submitting grant proposals.

What you'll gain

Join the next cohort of our 30 Day Grant Coach program and gain access to a senior Grants Plus expert who will lead you through a month of learning and applying new skills. It's the fastest and most cost effective education in what's most crucial to know about grants! What you'll receive:

  • Interactive, live webinars that will prepare you to find grant opportunities suitable for your organization's work, open doors with funders, and develop competitive grant proposals.
  • Personalized 1:1 sessions with a Grants Plus coach who will help you tackle your specific challenges and guide you to apply what you've learned to real scenarios.

  • Resources, learning guides, and templates to support your continued journey in smart and strategic grant seeking.

"The combination of practical knowledge with inspiring stories and suggestions was exactly what I was hoping for."

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Organizations that have enlisted Grants Plus for training include:

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"Thank you so much for your presentation! It was excellent. Many of our volunteers and staff 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."

Donna Spengler
OHIO LIVING FOUNDATION

"The Grants Plus team truly helped nonprofits get to a new level of comfort with grant writing. We are continually looking for ways to be better partners to our nonprofit community, while sticking true to our mission of making transformational grants. The presentation today helped us do that on a much deeper level."

Clare Zlatic Blankemeyer
IMPACT 100

"You facilitated a terrific combination of knowledge and small group work, and had everyone discussing and asking great questions."

Ann Kent
BVU: THE CENTER FOR NONPROFIT EXCELLENCE

"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

"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!"

Lori Wiebe
THE RAYMOND JOHN WEAN FOUNDATION

"Thank you for a truly helpful webinar this afternoon.  Your information was clear, functional, and gave me hope!"

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"Phenomenal webinar. Great value for our nonprofit community."

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"Over the years, the knowledgeable members of the Grants Plus team have been amazing resources to Akron Community Foundation and our nonprofit partners. This includes the virtual training we co-hosted together that provided attendees with useful and current information for grant seeking. We value our partnership with Grants Plus and will continue counting on them in the future."

John Garofalo, Vice President, Community Investment
AKRON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Contact us to explore a customized training that will take your grants effort to the next level!