LIVE WEBINAR: Grants 101 - Grant Readiness

Session Description: Session 3 of the Grants 101 Series

There are so many questions to ask, like does this fit our mission? Are we prepared to implement services that are aligned to the funder’s mission? At what point do you go to the next level?

And when you have increased your grant readiness, how do you cultivate your pipeline of funding opportunities? How do you streamline your proposal creation? How do you track your grant deadlines, reports, and tasks? How are you mitigating your risk management?

In this training, presenter Julie Assel, GPC answers those questions and more as she guides participants through the continuum of grant readiness, strategies for tailoring the case statement to the funders' missions, and techniques for keeping the language current.

What You’ll Learn:

  • How to engage and educate your board in grant readiness.
  • How development staff can implement practices within their organization to increase grant readiness.
  • Basic information your organization should track as you increase grant readiness: who is the contact, how you send your proposal, state of development, follow-up, reporting requirements.
  • Building the capacity of and getting feedback/input from program staff to increase grant readiness.
  • The continuum of grant readiness tends to begin and end with financial staff.

GPC Competencies and Skills

Competency 1: Knowledge of organization development as it pertains to grant seeking:
Skill 1.2: Assess organizations’ capacity for grant seeking.
Skill 1.3: Assess organizations’ readiness to obtain funding for and implement specific projects.
Skill 1.4: Identify methods for assisting organizations to implement practices that advance grant readiness.
Skill 1.5: Identify values, purposes, and goals of fund-seeking entities’ overall strategic plans in the grants process.
Skill 1.6: Identify methods of conducting mission-focused planning and needs assessments with applicant organizations.

Competency 8: Knowledge of methods and strategies that cultivate and maintain relationships between fund-seeking and recipient organizations and funders
Skill 1.3: Identify methods to help fund-seeking organizations create effective collaborations with other organizations appropriate to funders’ missions and goals.
Skill 1.4: Identify methods of relationship cultivation, communication, recognition, and stewardship that might appeal to specific funders.

Length: 60 minutes


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

Course curriculum

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    • Welcome to LIVE WEBINAR: Grants 101 - Organizational Readiness