Spring 2012 Second Wednesday Series - June

Effective Grant Writing: Keys to Unlocking the Vault

Effective Grant Writing: Keys to Unlocking the Vault

Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at the U.Va. Richmond Center, 8:30 am–3:30 pm

Who Should Attend

Anyone responsible for locating and acquiring grant funds


As public resources decline and local government needs grow, grants can provide a welcome infusion of funding for your special program or project—if you can find the money. Taking this class will demystify the grant-writing process and increase your chances of success.

An effective proposal looks professional, is well written, conforms to the grantor’s guidelines, and makes a persuasive case for your organization’s needs and ability to deliver and evaluate programs. You will learn the key components of a basic grant proposal: 1) background of your organization, 2) needs statement, 3) program objectives, 4) project design, 5) evaluation plan, 6) future funding plans, 7) budget and 8) project timeline.

Attend this seminar, and learn to

  • outline elements required for a successful grant proposal
  • describe importance of research to finding the best funders for your agency’s needs, using free and subscription-based services
  • write letters of intent through in-class practice
  • review actual funding guidelines; examine detailed requirements and documentation for submitting a proposal
  • describe basic components required in most proposals, focusing on program evaluation and outcomes process
  • promote stewardship within your organization to ensure continued investment and engagement by the funder

About the Trainer

Laurie Jarrett Rogers has been an independent grant writer in Richmond for 17 years. Her fund-raising experience includes building annual funds, formulating strategies for capital campaigns, developing case statements, board training, foundation and corporate research, and budget development. Since 1999, Ms. Rogers has taught fund-development at U.Va., VCU, and the Community College Workforce Alliance and has conducted dozens of area workshops. She received VCU’s 2008 Instructor of the Year award. Ms. Rogers also served as the Annual Fund Director, Director of Development and Director of the Capital Campaign for a $30 million effort at The Valentine Museum. Ms. Rogers holds an MA in Public Policy Studies from Duke University.

Online Registration

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For more information, please contact Chantel Robinson cer8t@virginia.edu or call (804) 371-0202