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Grant Writing: It’s a Team Sport

CFRE logoMuch has changed since we introduced our Grant Writing & Management Institute in 2012. We’ve seen advances in technology, joint program funding, sustainability, the collaborative process, capacity building, and more! Our award-winning program was designed with all this in mind.

Grant Writing has turned into a true “team sport.” If a program is designed collaboratively, with the grant writer included on the team, a more powerful proposal can be written to help you obtain funding.

Upcoming Institute

Register and pay online or use the paper registration form

  • Monday-Friday, May 4-8, 2020: Register by February 20 to save $200!

We have incorporated the latest trends, together with theoretical and practical insights. Our instructors are expert practitioners who are writing and evaluating grants, as well as those who are engaged in identifying and communicating community need. You will have the opportunity to apply what you learn to your own organization’s project and develop your network of people to help you secure funding.

Who should come?

Whenever possible, we encourage attendance by both a grant writer/fundraiser and program director for a program you are looking to be funded. Additional students are those looking to grow their fundraising career, career switchers, and future grant writers. Students should come prepared for a fast-paced-learning environment. We believe that investing in your staff growth accelerates impact for your organization.

We also recommend attending our 4-hour a la carte grant session offered during our Fund Development Institutes to build a foundation before attending our week-long session, especially if you are new to fundraising.

Participants in the week-long institute earn a professional certificate from the University of Richmond.

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Successful grantsmanship is much more than writing grants. It’s a collaborative process of defining needs, determining the best funding possibilies and strategies, researching opportunities, writing and packaging winning proposals, and managing grants after an award or decline.

The Grant Writing Institute: It’s a Team Sport is an intensive 40-hour, week-long certification program. During the week, you’ll work on parts of a grant for a project you are looking to be funded. You’ll also learn how to manage a grants program for your organization. At the conclusion of the program, you’ll earn a certificate in Grant Writing from the University of Richmond.

Institute Outcomes

During this week, you will:

  • Understand what it means to be “grant ready”
  • Learn how to uncover your community’s needs, and the connection of your program/nonprofit
  • Participate in writing exercises to communicate your solution to a community need
  • Learn how to use a logic model to design a program and its evaluation measures together, for a better proposal
  • Understand how to find the right funders, build a budget and tell your financial story
  • Learn how to build and steward relationships with funders, both corporate and foundation

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Institute on Philanthropy
Professional & Continuing Studies
Special Programs Building
490 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173

Kathy Laing, Manager
Phone: (804) 287-1290

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