How to Find and Win Corporate and Foundation Grants Workshop

With over 4 million corporations and 39,000 private foundations, it can be difficult to locate the funding opportunities that fit within the scope of your project and Grand Valley's mission. In this workshop, you will gain the knowledge you need to be a successful grant writer in the highly competitive private foundation and corporate sectors. You will learn how to use databases and search engines to locate corporations and foundations that will support your project. You will participate in a hands-on computer session, which will help you look at your idea from other perspectives. You will learn how to get the most out of your search for funding.

David Bauer will discuss how to go about making contacts with key individuals in the 'inner circle' of private foundations and corporate giving programs, and how to make a positive impression on influential people, such as board members and executive level employees.

You will learn how to look at your idea from the funder's perspective, how foundations and corporations make funding decisions, and what factors make up an attention-getting proposal.

Writing a grant proposal for corporate or foundation funding is vastly different than writing a proposal for a government entity. Some organizations may require a one page letter, others, a full proposal. David will show you how to shorten, and strengthen, your proposal, to get the full attention of the funding source's reviewers.

This workshop is beneficial to both seasoned and new grant writers. Workshop materials include David Bauer's "How To" Grants Manual as well as numerous handouts overflowing with practical, useful information. Although the workshop and materials are valued at approximately $150 per person, the Office of Sponsored Programs offers this event to you free of charge.

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