Beginner Grantwriting: Getting Started

Tuesday, July 09, 09:00 AM - Tuesday, July 09, 2019, 12:00 PM
Tuesday, July 09, 2019, 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
2314 University Ave W, Ste 20
St. PaulMN
Fee: $89 for MCN members / $139 for nonmembers

This workshop will introduce grantwriting to nonprofit professionals who have less than one year of experience with the skill. Many people who work in nonprofits find themselves in the position of “accidental grantwriter” and do not feel fully equipped for the challenge. This session will provide a balance of applicable content and resources to deepen participants’ knowledge of and skills in grantwriting.

Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the basics of grantseeking. This session will dig into the basic elements of foundation research and grant planning. This is a beginner-level workshop.

Learning Objectives

  1. Deepen your understanding about the Minnesota funding landscape.

  2. Learn about the types of foundations providing grants to Minnesota’s nonprofits.

  3. Develop an understanding of the sections of a grant proposal including budgeting and evaluation.

Workshop participants will receive a copy of the Handbook for Successful Grant Writing that covers topics ranging from research and planning to a glossary of commonly used terms. The Handbook is only available to participants and is not otherwise for sale.

Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence

This event will address the following best practices:

Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence

  • FINANCE 16: Nonprofit organizations should secure appropriate levels of funding to carry out their missions and activities and, when possible, diversify their revenue sources to avoid being dependent on a single funding type.
  • FINANCE 18: Nonprofits must spend funds in compliance with conditions attached to their funding. Organizations should develop a system to ensure that donor funding restrictions are maintained.
  • FUND 8: Nonprofits must use funds consistent with donor intent and comply with specific conditions placed upon donations.
  • FUND 15: A nonprofit should plan its communications to tell the story of the organization and maintain consistent, mission-focused and timely communication with donors.

Event Details

Refreshments: Coffee, tea and a light snack will be provided.

Travel: Driving directions and transit options are available on MCN's website.

About the Presenter

Jo SetonJo Seton is a freelance grant writer, writer, editor (you name it!), and an independent contractor with Access Philanthropy, based in Minneapolis. She’s also the coordinator of the Goodhue County Family Services Collaborative.  After successful careers as a librarian, arts administrator, ESL teacher, and college professor, Jo threw herself headlong into the world of nonprofits several years ago and loves its multiple challenges! From Australia (via several other countries in which she’s lived and worked), Jo holds TESOL and library diplomas; a B.A. in English/film from Victoria University; an M.A. in American studies from Exeter University; and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

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