LIVE WEBINAR: Grants 101 - Researching Grant Opportunities

January 13, 2021 | 12:00 PM-1:00 PM CT | $25

Session Description: Session 1 of the Grants 101 Series

Identifying grant-funding sources for your organization requires tedious research. This session will teach you where to find appropriate corporate and family foundation resources and what key details to collect whether you are using a free or subscription database. Techniques will include key word searches in services, population, geography, and type of funding. It will also include using similar organizations to research funding more quickly. It will also discuss how to conduct research in short ongoing ways and organized your research so you can move in and out of it quickly without going down a rabbit hole.

What you will learn:

  • How to conduct research using online databases like Grant Station or Foundation Directory Online
  • How to conduct research using foundation 990s
  • How to research when you don’t have time to research 

GPCI Competencies and Skills:

Competency #1: Knowledge of how to research, identify, and match funding resources to meet specific needs
Skill 1.2: Identify major trends in private grant funding
Skill 1.3: Identify methods of locating funding sources
Skill 1.4: Identify techniques to learn about specific funders
Skill 1.5: Identify methods for maintaining, tracking, and updating information on potential funders
Skill 1.7: Determine best matches between funders and specific programs

The trainers for these sessions are all credentialed grant professionals (GPCs) through the Grant Professional Certification Institute and Approved Trainers with the Grant Professionals Association.

Length: 60 minutes

Course curriculum

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    Grants 101: Researching Grant Opportunities

    • Welcome: Let's Get Started

    • Video: Grants 101: Researching Grant Opportunities

    • Session Evaluation

    • Quiz: Grants 101 Series: Researching Grant Opportunities

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Grants are about so much more than just grant writing. This series of grant trainings will guide you through:

1) Researching opportunities
2) Building relationships with funders
3) Designing high-quality programs
4) Organizational readiness
5) Writing grant proposals
6) Managing grants

In addition, to guide your continued learning, we have a training to help you decide where you want to grow next based on the career path options available to you.

These sessions are designed to give basic knowledge to a nonprofit professional who is just starting to learn about grants or who has had no formal training in grants. This program breaks the concepts down into manageable pieces that can be learned over time. 

Session 1: Researching Grant Opportunities

Session 2: Relationships with Foundation Program Officers

Session 3: Organizational Readiness

Session 4: Describing the Need

Session 5: Describing the Key Components of Your Program 

Session 6: Evaluating Your Program and Presenting this Evaluation using Logic Models

Session 7: Grant Budgets

Session 8: Sustainability

Session 9: Common Attachments

Session 10: Grant Ethics

Session 11: Basic Grant Management

Session 12: Continued Grant Professional Development and Career Path Opportunities

Grants 101 Series