The Core of a Winning Grant Proposal: Persuasive Writing

June 11, 2014
2-3:15pm EST

writingAlthough grant writing often seems like a formulaic exercise in making sure you have answered every question and included all attachments, it is, first and foremost, an exercise in teaching from a distance. Based largely on how you write your narrative, reviewers will decide whether you are creative, analytical, scattered, out of your depth, or a leader in your field. The written word is your best chance of getting into a reader’s consciousness, becoming memorable, and demonstrating that you are capable of executing the proposed project. While the funding guidelines and conventions may dictate the general style of your writing, successful grant writing tells a story and allows your agency’s voice and personality to shine through.

Through the principles of story structure and persuasive writing, as well as examples of real-life winning (and not so winning) proposals, this webinar will focus on the internal structure of the grant narrative and how to write engaging and memorable sections, paragraphs, and sentences in a way that is clear and compelling.


$65 per registration. TOP partners in Connecticut register for free by using the complimentary code TOPIC.

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About the Trainers

SVardatira_staffSharon Vardatira, Fund Development Specialist for Youth Catalytics, brings over 30 years of experience in nonprofit development and management, including as Development Director and Executive Director of several Boston-area nonprofits. Since joining Youth Catalytics in 1996, she has helped a variety of organizations develop organizational capacity through fund development, fundraising planning, grant writing, program evaluation, community needs assessment, diversity education, and board development. In the last three years, Ms. Vardatira has written over 75 grants, raising approximately $5 million from government, private foundation, and corporate funders. She has a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and a master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School. She is a member of the Foundation Center, Associated Grantmakers of Massachusetts, and the Council on Foundations. She is also included in the US Department of Education Registry of Evaluation Researchers. 

JJoshua_Wolfsunoshua Wolfsun, currently a junior at Swarthmore College, has been an Organizing Fellow with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) since 2012 and Writing and Speaking Associate at Swarthmore College for the past year. As a Writing Associate, Joshua is part of a select group of peer/citizen teachers, chosen for their writing skill and trained in technical and persuasive writing, who guide and collaborate with students during all stages of the writing process and in various disciplines. Joshua’s work with PCCC includes video editing, developing and writing electronic media and legislative action campaigns, and providing and conducting interviews with the media, legislators, and politicians. In 2007, Joshua founded (and continues to direct) Riverwolf Productions, an independent film and television production group that has created several nationally- and regionally-recognized youth-run TV shows and short films including Student News and Lights Up From Youth in the Valley.

For more information, contact Cindy Wilson at (207) 319-6009 or