In this era of declining public funding, public sector managers are challenged to maintain program excellence on smaller budgets. Proposal/grant writing to public and private sources can help public managers maintain an emphasis on programmatic excellence while diversifying revenue streams. Many public managers often give inadequate attention to grants from foundations, nonprofit organizations and even other government agencies. In an increasingly competitive environment for philanthropic and government funding, it's necessary to invest in thorough research, excellent program development and strong writing. During this workshop, participants prepare a well-written proposal utilizing key techniques for success and learn common methods to communicate ideas in a clear and concise way.
Through this workshop, public managers learn to transform a concept into a program for implementation, research to find an appropriate source of public or private sector funds and develop a compelling proposal. Workshop activities include proposal development, funder research and cultivation strategies. Participants are required to bring at least one program idea to research.
Benefits and Learning Outcomes
- Research potential funding sources with an interest in your program using the web and other resources
- Develop a list of online resources to utilize for future program enhancements
- Cultivate a prospective funder; appropriate roles of volunteer and staff in the cultivation process
- Prepare an effective grant proposal, using common application guidelines
- Develop strong program implementation and evaluation methods
- Maximize your fundraising potential through exploration of collaborative possibilities