This two-day workshop will help you teach participants how to:
- Locate potential funders for your organizations on the Internet and use evaluative skills to identify the appropriateness of funding related to their own organization
- Explain the necessity of matching funders interests with organizational needs and use this knowledge in decisions about the validity of submitting a funding proposal
- Describe and understand the basic elements of proposal writing for not-for-profit organizations
- Describe and understand the basic process for successful proposal writing
- Analyze effective relationship-building strategies to engage with funders and use this knowledge in writing a funding proposal
- Describe at least five reasons why funding proposals can be rejected
- Plan, write and submit a proposal in response to funders guidelines
You will spend the first part of the day getting to know participants and discussing what will take place during the workshop. Students will also have an opportunity to identify their personal learning objectives.
Sources of Funding
To begin the course, participants will identify trends in the funding environment, types of funders and will identify potential funders to connect with.
Next, participants will investigate the potential funders identified in the last session to see if they are indeed a good fit for your proposal.
Types of Proposals
In this session, participants will learn about three of the most common forms of proposals; Proposal Forms, Letter Proposals and Partnership Proposals.
Proposals as a Relationship Builder
In this session, participants will look at the stages of building a relationship with a potential funder.
RFPs/RFQs (Requests for Proposals or Request for Quote)
This session covers the common elements of RFPs, sources of RFPs, how to increase your chances of success and you will work on an RFP Case Study.
The Ten Steps of Proposal Writing
Next, participants will learn about the ten steps in proposal writing.
Defining Your Proposal
Participants will use the first six steps learned in the last session to develop a draft outline for a proposal.
Key Elements of a Proposal
Here, students will learn not only the key elements in a proposal but also the order in which to write them.
Defining the Needs and Desired Results
In this session, trainees will learn how to define the needs they are addressing and the direct and indirect results of their project.
Resources and Activities and Evaluation
Students here will learn what funders are expecting to be covered in the Resources and Activities as well as the importance of having a measurable evaluation process in place.
Sustainability and Budget
This session will indicate what funders expect to be shown in the form of sustainability and good stewardship of money.
Conclusion, Introduction, and Executive Summary
Here, students will learn the essential information to include in the Conclusion, Introduction and Executive Summary.
At the end of the course, students will have an opportunity to ask questions and fill out an action plan.
In Person Training
The traditional classroom style of training remains our Most Popular and Most Requested format. On-site training provides participants with an in-person facilitator who will work directly with the team, whether for a single training session or a training series. The Mainstream team will craft and tailor your experience to ensure that your training session is specific, relevant and unique to your audience while meeting your learning objectives. Why settle for ‘pre-formatted, pre-scripted, one-size fits all’ training programs, when our team is able to customize a program that is just right for you? We know that every team has unique learning needs, situations and that they come from a variety of industries, each having unique customer needs and demands. Our programs can be scaled to accommodate time restraints, unique learning needs and even industry or company nuances and barriers.
Don’t settle for a program that gives you almost what you need; our team wants to give you Exactly what you need.
Delivering traditional onsite training results …virtually!
We’ve officially changed the rules and redefined what is possible in the world of soft skills learning. Our unique technology, accompanied by honed delivery methodology, have successfully replicated the traditional classroom-style training environment, allowing it to exist online.
Most online training solutions limit participants’ responses to keystrokes or to single person conversations because -with inferior technology- group discussions become distorted and confusing to follow. Our Virtual Room has eliminated those barriers and encourages learning through meaningful instructor feedback, skills modelling and engaging group discussion, without visual or audio distortion
The Virtual Room is for any organization seeking a flexible substitute to traditional onsite training; whether to lower costs, eliminate unnecessary travel or to simply ease the burden of demanding work schedules.
Lunch & Learn
A Lunch and Learn session is an onsite or virtual learning program with a facilitator-led session sharing valuable information and skills on an area of identified learning interest. It’s a great break away from a traditional training program, allowing your team the opportunity to learn while enjoying their lunch. Due to the limited time, the program focuses on specific learning concepts and skills. It is an interactive session that quickly targets and reveals learning objectives that are predetermined by the training organizer. Lunch & Learn sessions are also great as a training series, providing progressive learning programs for developing skills in a ‘bite-sized’ format.