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Name: Spark The Fire Grantwriting Classes
Date: October 10, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM PDT
Event Description:
Are you ready to change the world? Do you have an idea about how to make your community a better place? Learn the art of grantwriting with Spark the Fire Grantwriting Classes, coming to Yakima, WA on October 10-11, 2019. This class is proudly sponsored by the Yakima Valley Community Foundation!

Spark the Fire Grantwriting Classes offers a two-day class followed by an individual assessment to earn a Certificate in Grantwriting. Walk step-by-step through writing every section of a winning grant proposal, with dedicated writing time in class. You will love the fast-paced curriculum and numerous hands-on activities designed for strategy. Learn how to research new prospects and build an annual grants calendar. Learn best practices for communicating with and reporting to grantmakers. Critically evaluate guidelines and requests for proposals (rfp’s). Tailor the grant proposal to a given grantmaker, review good writing skills, develop outcomes, and learn how grantmakers use evaluation rubrics to score proposals.

You will have a grant proposal nearly completed by the time you leave class after day two. Complete the grant proposal on your own and then send it to the instructor for individual feedback and review. You will then have one year to receive up to three hours of individual consultation to polish your grantwriting skills.

These classes are perfect for beginning and intermediate grantwriters – those who have never written a grant proposal as well as those who have some grants under their belt and want to brush up on their skills. Our alumni work in nonprofit and government agencies, Native American tribes and groups, academic institutions, faith organizations, healthcare institutions, grantmaking organizations, and as independent grantwriting professionals.

Learn more at 
sparkthefiregrantwriting.com
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WHEN AND WHERE
Yakima Valley Community Foundation
111 University Parkway, Ste 102, Yakima, WA 98901
Thursday and Friday, October 10-11, 9am-3pm each day

KEY INSIGHTS
• Learn where to find grants, including some sources you might not have known about.
• Understand grant applications and guidelines.
• Gather research to write a compelling case for the need for your project.
• Learn step-by-step each section of the grant proposal and what should be included.
• Develop goals and objectives for your proposal as well as write about how you will measure success.
• Review different formats and techniques for presenting your budget for your proposal.
• Learn when and how to contact grantmakers to best build a long-term relationship.
• Learn how and when to send reports to properly steward the grantmaker's investment.
• Learn to organize an annual calendar for grant submissions that works.
• Learn insider tips that make your proposal stand out above the crowd.
• Learn to balance statistical data, evidence-based research, and anecdotal evidence to tell your organization's story.
• Develop evaluation tools and logic model framework for your program to better demonstrate results.
• Critically evaluate guidelines and requests for proposals to determine best fit and timing.
• Prepare to target your proposal to be handcrafted and tailored specifically for a given grantmaker.
• Understand the "Three C's" of good writing: clear, concise, and compelling.
• Develop clear assumptions and reasoned-based outcomes necessary for success, including the project's long-term sustainability.
• Develop evaluation tools and logic model framework for your program to better demonstrate results.
• Learn about how grant makers use evaluation rubrics to score your proposal and view samples.

WHAT IS INCLUDED

The Certificate in Grantwriting is a two-step process. First, complete the two-day class, then undergo an individualized assessment of your knowledge and skills. The total investment for both the two-day class and the assessment is $465. You may also take the class without the assessment for $220. Registration includes a comprehensive handbook, a collection of digital templates, and coffee/tea bar. Plus, alumni of Spark the Fire Classes are invited to join an online community for ongoing networking and support. Due to the unique needs of individual diets, lunch will be on your own.

INSTRUCTOR
Allison Shirk is an
Approved Specialist in the Nonprofit Resource Directory of 501 Commons and a member of Washington Nonprofits. She is a veteran grantwriter, instructor, and nonprofit consultant with more than twenty years' experience writing grants. Allison has secured millions of dollars in grants from foundations, corporations, and government sources for our community. She has served as a board member of the Puget Sound Grantwriters Association, as a member of the Association of Fundraising Professional, and as a site reviewer for 4Culture. She is currently a guest columnist for the Foundation Center – New York.

Register at  
sparkthefiregrantwriting.com

QUESTIONS?
(206) 734-6521
Allison@sparkthefiregrantwriting.com

QUOTES FROM PAST PARTICIPANTS
"Allison has a comprehensive and engaging approach to grantwriting that leaves the attendees motivated and inspired for their next grant."
"Open, honest, and sincere information shared. It's clear that Allison has a history, passion, and dedication for grantwriting."
"Very interesting! I was engaged, and it made me excited to go and write my next grant."
"Allison was able to answer each question with practical knowledge and great suggestions."
"I appreciated how organized it was, corresponding to the grant writing process and tracked in the handbook."
"Love the handbooks. It's so nice to have all my notes and materials in one place."
"I feel like I've learned the fundamentals of grantwriting. This was a great beginner course. Thank you!"

CLASS EVALUATION RESULTS
Participants gave their feedback on anonymous evaluations:

• 100% rated the overall quality as excellent/good.
• 100% rated the trainer's knowledge as excellent/good.
• 100% rated the written materials as excellent/good.
• 100% rated the answers to questions as excellent/good.
• 100% would very likely/likely recommend this training.
Location:
WHEN AND WHERE
Yakima Valley Community Foundation
111 University Parkway, Ste 102, Yakima, WA 98901

 
Date/Time Information:
Thursday and Friday, October 10-11, 9am-3pm each day
Contact Information:
(206) 734-6521
Fees/Admission:
WHAT IS INCLUDED
The Certificate in Grantwriting is a two-step process. First, complete the two-day class, then undergo an individualized assessment of your knowledge and skills. The total investment for both the two-day class and the assessment is $465. You may also take the class without the assessment for $220. Registration includes a comprehensive handbook, a collection of digital templates, and coffee/tea bar. Plus, alumni of Spark the Fire Classes are invited to join an online community for ongoing networking and support. Due to the unique needs of individual diets, lunch will be on your own.
 
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Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce
10 North 9th Street • Yakima WA 98901
Phone (509) 248-2021