Writing Foundation Grants? Turn Straw into Gold

May 15, 2014
2-3:15pm EST

straw2Being able to win grants to support existing, long-term programs is the Holy Grail for every grant writer. With more and more foundations focused on funding innovative, replicable models of innovation and creativity, it often seems as though tried and true, long-term reliable programs (however effective) are passé, doomed to rejection.

Aside from grumbling about the sad state of foundation support for critically needed programs, what can be done? As it turns out, plenty! Although we can’t change what foundations are interested in funding, we can take steps to add shine to our existing programs and reveal them to funders (and possibly even ourselves) in a whole new way. Participants will examine three real-world programs to discover specific steps that can be taken to “re-vision” and write about existing programs in a way that will excite and engage grant makers as well as your entire community. Participants will also have an opportunity to share ideas about how to add “shine” to each other’s programs. This webinar – which focuses on the intersection between program development and grant writing – is appropriate for grant writers, managers, program staff, and anyone else involved in program development.


$65 per registration. Complimentary codes are available for selected partners in Connecticut.

To Register

Register and pay online by clicking the button to the right. Or pay by mail by clicking on this printable form.

About the Trainer

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.

For more information, contact Cindy Wilson at (207) 319-6009 or cwilson@youthcatalytics.org.