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Proposal Writing Workshop

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 9:00 am - 4:00 pm  PT
In-person | San Francsico , CA

This event is no longer available.

Over 39,000 grantseekers have learned what grantmakers have to say about creating a competitive grant proposal by taking Foundation Center’s Proposal Writing Seminar.

Now the Proposal Writing Seminar has been enhanced to give grantseekers hands-on proposal writing experience plus a deeper understanding of the funder’s process. This workshop is based on insights collected from foundation and corporate representatives for the 6th edition of The Foundation Center’s Guide to Proposal Writing.

Using group exercises, case studies, and the participant’s own proposal outline, the Proposal Writing Workshop will help participants understand the components of a competitive grant proposal, discover what grantmakers consider “red flags,” and learn how to cultivate potential institutional donors. 


  • The grantseeking process, including the impact of technology
  • Components of a competitive grant proposal
  • Tips from funders to proposal writers
  • The grantmaker’s process and criteria for funding decisions

You will:

  • Refine your project proposal outline
  • Practice writing selected components of a proposal
  • Receive peer critiques of your writing sample
  • Roleplay as a grantmaker reviewing a sample letter of inquiry


  • A comprehensive workbook
  • Ongoing online access to course worksheets
  • A copy of The Foundation Center’s Guide to Proposal Writing, 6th Ed
  • One week of complimentary access to Foundation Directory Online Professional


  • Be prepared to gather the information needed to create a complete project proposal
  • Be able to identify “red flags” in project proposals
  • Know how to create a comprehensive and competitive proposal package for institutional grantmakers

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
  • Students interested in gaining knowledge about the nonprofit sector and fundraising
  • Volunteers who want to help their organizations with tangible fundraising skills

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.

About the Instructor: 

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Ganga Dharmappa is the Community Outreach Manager, providing outreach and training throughout the Bay Area, statewide, and in the Western United States. For more than a decade, Ganga has led training, capacity-building, and development efforts within the nonprofit sector, and she has worked to increase access and safety for marginalized and underserved communities. Prior to joining Foundation Center, Ganga worked at the Asian Women’s Shelter in San Francisco and Girls Incorporated of Lynn, Massachusetts. Ganga holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Cornell University and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from the University of San Francisco. She is a short fiction writer and occasional poet. In her spare time, she also works as a Postpartum Doula for newly expanded families.


312 Sutter St.
San Francsico , CA 94108

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