Grant Writing Series
Spring 2011 Grant Writing Series
The Spring series will take place on Wednesdays from February 16 to March 30, 2011 (no class on March 23).
Workshops last one hour each and are open to LMU faculty, staff and student assistants. Community members and general LMU students can join as space is available. Please RSVP to email@example.com, for specific sessions, or the entire sequence. 1. The Process of Searching: February 16, 3pm
Unlock the potential of funding database COS through its advanced (yet simple) search capability. Learn how to think about grant opportunities in order to maximize your time and effort. Hear about back door strategies to use when considering foundations. A proper search is indispensable to an effective grant plan. (Conducted in UHall 3212) 2. Logic Models and Evaluation: February 23, 3pm
What are logic models, and how do they help in project planning? Dispense with the hype and learn how to stream your project from inception to assessment using logic modeling. Once you have your logic model in place, you’ll be set to consider issues of evaluation. Why evaluate, and what should be evaluated? What’s the difference between a goal and an objective, and how can you make them measurable? It’s both simpler and more complicated than you might think. (Conducted in the CTE, 3000 UHall) 3. Budgets - Going Beyond the Spreadsheet: March 2, 3pm
Preparing a budget is the act of translating your project into financial language. Learn what the numbers mean, and how they can help you prepare powerful proposals that adhere to meaningful timelines. Become acquainted with the LMU fringe benefit and F&A policies, as well as common ways of categorizing expenses. (Conducted in the CTE, 3000 UHall)4. Elements of a Grant Package: March 9, 3pm
What’s the most important part of submitting grant proposals? Following directions! Come to this session to learn how to read your funder’s directions and follow them. Become acquainted with the common elements of grant packaging, like the Board list, 990 and audit. Learn about the pitfalls of submitting online vs. by mail. (Conducted in the CTE, 3000 UHall)5. Writing Narratives and LOIs: March 16, 3pm
Grant writing has a few distinctive qualities: concision, directness and clarity. Learn how to state your case in the clear way that communicates best with busy foundation and agency professionals, as well as how to adjust the emotional tone of your ask for maximal impact. Learn about the common elements and basic structure of the narrative and Letter of Interest (LOI). Learn why short online applications are often more difficult than traditional proposals. (Conducted in the CTE, 3000 UHall)6. Post Award: Yay, I Got the Award! Now What Do I Do? March 30, 3pm
Learn the basics of administering your award, from setting up an account with Post Award Administration and Accounting (PAAA) to managing grant funds and tracking expenses. How does the project begin? How does it end? Learn best practices in assessment, compliance, reporting and reapplication for federal agencies as well as foundations. (Conducted in the CTE, 3000 UHall)Questions? Please email Cynthia Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org .