Five-Day Full Infusion Grantwriting Training Program

Training Description

The five-day full infusion workshop is designed to for participants to examine grant writing and other proposal research, writing, editing, submission, and follow-up. Participants will be exposed to federal, state, local, and foundation grant solicitation cycles. They will acquire skills to critically review grant resources to meet identified needs.

Emphasis will be placed on industry standards of grant document design, methods to streamline the grant writing process, and effective strategies to work with teams in project design. Sample methods and templates for budget, table of contents, and other layout components will be provided. Participants will also be exposed to skills needed to successfully manage grants implementation and administer granting programs.

Course Goals and Objectives

Course Goal: To build the capacity of education and human service professionals to successfully plan, design, write, and format grant documents that result in income to fund worthy programs and services.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Objective 1: Identify the 10 key sections of a model grant application document and describe the purpose and content for each section.
  • Objective 2: Identify the primary sources of federal, state, local, and foundation funding available to support worthy projects.
  • Objective 3: Demonstrate strategies to work successfully with a team in development of a grant application.
  • Objective 4: Identify the elements of organizational readiness critical to success in grant writing.
  • Objective 5: Demonstrate skills to take a worthy idea through all stages of the planning and grant writing process resulting in a document that meets criteria set forth by the selected funding agent.
  • Objective 6: Define the key elements of grants management and reporting.
  • Objective 7: Identify the key elements of successful grant-making programs.

Training Delivery Outline

Day One

  • Role of grants in funding organizations
  • Organizational readiness
  • Strategic planning as a readiness tool
  • Content of a quality strategic plan
  • Finding the right grant source
  • Searching the Federal Register
  • Using technology as a search tool

Day Two

  • Pinpointing a project goal
  • Establishing a grant writing team and timeline for writing
  • Getting ready to write
  • Soliciting support and commitment
  • Introduction to the individual elements of a model application
  • Where to begin -- writing the concept paper, project goals, and objectives

Day Three

  • Establishing a workable budget
  • Formatting a budget to reflect the project design
  • Writing a winning introduction
  • Describing your need in compelling terms
  • Writing clear and measurable objectives
  • Providing a roadmap for project completion
  • Preparing a quality evaluation plan
  • Individual project writing activities

Day Four

  • What to look for in a winning grant application
  • Grants reviewer exercise
  • Individual project writing activities

Day Five

  • Preparing a future funding plan
  • Using technology to formalize your document
  • Grant design formats and packaging
  • Individual writing activities


For organizations seeking a comprehensive "systems change" approach to their grantsmanship success, this program has been very well received. For more on participant evaluations, see the August, 2004 evaluation report prepared by the Arkansas Workforce Investment Board.

"Thought it might have been dry - but it was fun and dynamic and interesting - more than just grant writing also problem solving and team building."

"I have been to many "canned" grant classes and usually I have only received 5-10 minutes of new material. This workshop I found engaging and responsive to my developmental needs as a grant writer."

"Comments & examples were customized to our arena."

"Can't recall scoring a perfect evaluation. (This one was.)"