Level UP - Accelerate Your Proposal Writing Skills (NEW)

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Let’s be honest—writing grant proposals can be overwhelming and confusing. If you find yourself stressed out by the process, writing applications that don’t get funded, spending too much time writing proposal after proposal, or all of the above, this Level UP course is for you! Over five sessions, Alice Ruhnke, Founder and Owner of The Grant Advantage, will walk you through an entire grant proposal step-by-step, infusing resources to help you integrate the material into your grantseeking efforts. In addition to lecture-based learning, participants will engage with one another through meaningful structured activities and receive feedback on assignments designed to help you develop an organizational background, compelling statement of need, process and outcome evaluation, approach, and budget.

If you are interested in taking this course, we suggest you talk with Alice Ruhnke (alice@thegrantadvantage.net) to determine if this course will meet your needs.

Each participant will receive:

  • a video documentation of the lectures;                   Alice Ruhnke
  • expert feedback on a grant proposal;
  • an electronic copy of Mapping the Course: A Practical Approach to Grant Writing;
  • a one-year GrantStation Membership (or a one-year extension of a current Membership); and,
  • certificate from the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI).

This course is for individuals:

  • with a basic understanding of writing grant proposals;
  • working for a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status;
  • who can dedicate two hours every three weeks to interactive sessions via Zoom; and,
  • have the time to complete homework assignments between sessions.

Having a specific proposal that needs to be written is not required but strongly encouraged.

This course is limited to ten participants.


Session 1: Preparing to Tackle That Grant Application

In this session, we will cover:

  • proposal writing fundamentals that will help you frame up your applications;
  • the application process;
  • how to develop a grant writing schedule; and,
  • how to create a background profile of your organization that can be used and reused by anyone in your organization.

This session will be held on Wednesday, February 23, 2022.


Session 2: Writing a Compelling Statement of Need

In this session we will cover:

  • the fundamentals of developing a need section and a review of data sources to help tell your story;
  • the two major components of a need section and how to connect them to each other and other sections of your application;
  • best practices in describing your community and target population;
  • ways to identify, discuss, and address the root causes of the problems; and,
  • navigating confusing grant-related terminology.

This session will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.


Session 3: Crafting a Process and Outcome Evaluation

In this session, we will cover:

  • what outcomes are and why they are important to measure;
  • how to measure your outcomes (indicators);
  • how to create a process evaluation;
  • pros and cons of different measurement tools; and,
  • how to establish an evaluation process.

This session will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.


Session 4: Building an Approach That Gets Noticed

In this session, we will cover:

  • what an approach section is and how it relates to the rest of your application;
  • common components of an approach section and how to write them;
  • an explanation of best practices and how they can strengthen your approach;
  • how to write an approach and budget that mirror one another; and,
  • best practices in developing partnerships—a critical component of grant success.

This session will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2022.


Session 5: Developing Budgets That Make Sense

In this session, we will cover:

  • how to create a program budget that covers all relevant costs;
  • how to write an approach and budget that mirror one another;
  • ways to identify matching funds; and,
  • ideas for sustainability.

This session will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.


Session 6: Pulling It All Together

In this session, we will:

  • review any topics of concern or problem areas in proposal writing;
  • share successes; and,
  • discuss resources to help mobilize the grantseeking process going forward.

This session will be held on Wednesday, July 20, 2022.

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120 minutes for each of the sessions
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You will receive 2 GrantStation emails:

1. A copy of your paid invoice
2. A confirmation email for the Zoom sessions with the login credentials

You will use the same login credentials for all of the sessions.

If you do not receive the confirmation email within 48 hours of registering, please email or call 1-877-784-7268.

All sessions are recorded and will be sent to you along with any notes within a week of the event.


Alice Ruhnke

Alice Ruhnke is the founder and owner of The Grant Advantage, a progressive, innovative consulting business devoted to helping nonprofit organizations unleash their strengths to embrace tomorrow’s opportunities. Located in Charleston, West Virginia, The Grant Advantage’s services include grant writing; funding searches; capacity building assistance; and learning opportunities through trainings, workshops, webinars, and manuals.

Alice has raised over $32 million writing federal, state, foundation, and corporate grants and has been in charge of awarding and monitoring federal funds to nonprofit organizations throughout West Virginia. If Alice is not at her computer writing, she can usually be found facilitating trainings for individuals and organizations. Alice is also the author of "Mapping the Course: A Practical Approach to Grant Writing", a step-by-step manual that walks through an entire grant proposal process from start to finish.
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