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Proposal Writing Boot Camp

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 9:00 am - Dec 17, 2015 4:00 pm  PT
In-person | San Francisco, CA

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In this series, we combine the three courses grantseekers need to become effective proposal writers—our new and improved Proposal Writing Workshop, Proposal Budgeting Workshop, and the Foundation Research  and mock proposal review. Join us for three days of immersion into the proposal writing process and discover how to craft a compelling proposal package. You’ll become familiar with the components of a competitive grant proposal and a well-organized budget, and you’ll develop a targeted list of foundation funding prospects.

DAY 1: Proposal Writing Workshop
DAY 2: Proposal Budgeting Workshop
DAY 3: Foundation Research and Mock Proposal Review Panels

Class preparation: A project outline will be sent to registrants prior to attending the class so they can come prepared with information about their projects. A case study will be included for individuals who are not currently working on a specific project.
  • What grantmakers look for and how they approach the proposal review process
  • How to write and frame the components of a competitive grant proposal
  • Ensuring that your budget conveys an accurate picture of your project’s needs and value
  • Translating your organization’s needs into research strategies
  • How to analyze and evaluate prospects using Foundation Directory Online Professional to determine a potential fit

You will:

  • Refine your project proposal outline
  • Practice writing selected components of the proposal
  • Review a variety of proposal budget formats
  • Research potential funding partners using Foundation Directory Online Professional


  • Three comprehensive workbooks
  • Online access to course worksheets
  • A copy of The Foundation Center’s Guide to Proposal Writing, 6th Ed.,The Grantseeker’s Guide to Winning Proposals, and After the Grant
  • Two weeks of complimentary access to Foundation Directory Online Professional


  • Understand the proposal’s role in the fundraising process
  • Be prepared to create a comprehensive and competitive proposal package for institutional grantmakers
  • Gain the knowledge and confidence to write effective proposals for your organization
  • Understand how to use budgeting tools and formats to meet funders’ requirements while providing an accurate representation of the full costs of your project
  • Be ready to approach funders with comprehensive information about their grantmaking interests and activities

Intended audiences:

  • Grantseekers who have some fundraising experience and want to hone their foundation proposal writing skills
  • Individuals who want to begin a career as a grant writer
  • Consultants who want to expand their services to include proposal writing and foundation research
Leeanne M. G-Bowley
Innovation Manager
Ganga Dharmappa
Community Outreach Manager



312 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

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