Fund-raising is a major challenge for most groups.
Community Consulting Services can help by providing
training and technical assistance. Training is usually
an interactive workshop focused on skill-building. Technical
Assistance is focused on the creation of a finished
product, rather than on learning new skills. A third
option is to combine the two in order to learn and apply
new skills, with the guidance of a consultant.
How to Write a Winning Proposal
Whether it's a $500 proposal to
build a community garden or a $500,000 proposal to launch
a community-wide substance abuse prevention coalition,
there are certain things a grant reviewer will always
look for. Participants in this workshop will learn several
general guidelines for writing grants reviewers like
to read (and fund!). The grant proposal format most
often required by funding organizations is introduced,
and participants practice using it. This workshop works
best with no more than fifteen participants. Usually
1 ½ - 2 ½ hours.
The first three items on the list below are provided
as a package, while the last two cost an additional
1) One visit to your group.
This may be a board meeting, a rehearsal, etc,.. anything
which you feel will give me a good sense of your work.
During this visit, you should give me copies of anything
that you have in writing about your group that will
help me learn more about what you do, and its importance.
Examples include brochures, newsletters, programs from
past events or performances, schedules of performances,
meeting notes, by-laws, articles of incorporation, etc..
2) A grant proposal, in the
format most often required by funders, which will be
easily adapted for submission. This proposal, generally
4-6 pages in length, will be presented to you on hard
copy and on computer disk.
3) One follow-up meeting with
group leaders to review and revise proposal. One revision
will be included in the initial package. Further revisions
may be provided for an additional fee.
4) A cover letter which can
be adapted for submission with your proposal.
5) List of potential funders
with contact names and numbers.
Combining Training with Technical Assistance
How to Write a Winning Proposal Workshop (2 ½
hour training described above), during which you outline
your group's proposal. One proof-reading revision will
be provided by the consultant.
Call (413) 743-4370 for details and special requests