You offer two types of classes, grant writing and grant management. What's the difference?
Grant writing (how to get the money) and grant management (what to do after you have it). Managing the money in accordance with regulations and laws is often the tough part of the grants process. Do it properly and you'll keep your auditors and grant makers happy, which will greatly increase your chances of continued funding.
How much do your workshops cost and what do I get for my money?
The grant writing class tuition is $425 and includes everything: two days of terrific instruction, work book and accompanying 420+MB CD. The CD contains reference books, useful tools, links to funders and 220+ sample grant applications. Graduates often comment that the CD alone is worth the cost of admission. It is included at no additional cost.
The grant management class tuition is $595 and includes everything: two days of world-class instruction and an extensive participant guide and reference binder.
What information do you cover?
The grant writing class covers how to write grant proposals start to finish and how to locate and track relevant grant opportunities. Federal, state, local and non-governmental, private sector grants are covered. You'll learn everything you need to know to get started writing grants. View class learning objectives here. Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend.
The grant management class is for government grant recipient organizations. As such, in this class you'll learn how to manage your federal, state or local government grants in accordance with laws and mandatory compliance guidelines. View the course content here.
Are the classes for beginning or experienced participants?
Both. Historically, about 65% of those who attend our workshops are first timers. Beginners learn what they need to be successful. Experienced attendees gain new insights, sharpen skills, affirm their knowledge and value, and leave with a sense of renewed confidence in their abilities and mission.
How and when can I pay my tuition?
Payment by check or card is required by the workshop date unless other arrangements are made in advance. That said, if you work for a government agency and choose to pay by check and you know it won't arrive by the workshop date, no problem, that's not unusual. All we ask is that you do your best to move things along on your end before and after the class. Payment at the time of online registration is requested but not required.
Who should attend?
Our workshops are for government and nonprofit professionals. Staff, administrators, grant managers and makers, consultants and board members are welcome. For-profit businesses seeking grants to fund workforce development and training or, research and development for the advancement of technology, medicine and/or national security are welcome, as are individual grant seekers such as artists, filmmakers and researchers. Faith-based organizations are encouraged to attend.
Our workshops are not suitable for for-profit businesses seeking start-up capital or any other infommercial-alleged sources of "free money." If you're looking for college tuition grants, you don't need us, you need a college finance counselor. If you're not sure if we're for you, please ask. We'll respond with a straight answer.
What about special services for the handicapped?
We make every reasonable effort to accommodate special needs. For our hard of hearing and deaf friends, give us a 60-day notice in advance of your workshop and we'll do our best to provide a translator, cart writer or other adaptive device of your choice. If you're visually impaired, our printed materials are available in large letter format. Please give us at least three weeks advance notice so we can include your book in our materials shipment to the workshop location. If you use a wheelchair or for any other reason would like a special seating location, let us know any time before your class and we'll have our instructor reserve your desired place in the classroom.
Do I have to register in advance?
Yes. After you decide which event you want to attend, please register online. It takes less than five minutes.
Do I have to buy anything else to be a successful grant writer or grant manager?
No, although having web access at your place of work is necessary as nearly every part of the grants process is in some way dependent on the web.
I heard about other grant classes - is yours different?
What's the itinerary?
Grant writing class: both days, 9 a.m. sharp to not later than 4 p.m. with lunch on your own from noon 'til 1:20 P.M. Dress casual and comfortable.
Grant management class: both days, 9:00 a.m. sharp to not later than 4:00 p.m. with lunch on your own from noon 'til 1:00 P.M. Dress casual and comfortable.
Who teaches the workshops?
Our instructors each have more than twenty years experience. They must exceed rigorous personal and professional standards before they're invited to join our team. But rather than us telling you how good they are, take a moment to read what our graduates say.
You don't have a workshop scheduled in my area. Why? Any plans to?
We schedule workshops where we're invited. Once that happens, we seek a local host to assist in the preparations. Got a suggestion? Drop us a line!
Have you considered hosting a workshop? Hosting is a great way to gain favorable publicity, network with colleagues, attend the workshop free and if you like, raise money for your organization. Your cost to host: zero. For the well-networked professional hosting is a snap. If that's you, we want to hear from you ... but only after you read about and have a fairly good understanding of our hosting program.
Did I see your commercial on TV?
You mean the ones promoting the free money myth? No, that's not us. Not even close.