Federal Grants Can Seem Impossibly Complicated


2014 Fund Development Webinar Series

Nuts and Bolts of Applying for Federal Grants

Thursday, February 27, 2014 2:00 to 3:15 PM EST

But still, many agencies depend on them, and doing a good job with them isn’t optional. This webinar is designed for grant writers and other personnel responsible for identifying federal funding opportunities and preparing federal grant proposals. You will come away from this session with the basic “how-to’s” of federal grant writing, including:

  • Navigating the grants.gov grant application
  • Characteristics of successful proposals
  • Elements of the narrative
  • Guidelines for composing the most challenging narrative elements (needs statement, goals/objectives, workplan, staffing plan, dissemination/replication, logic model and evaluation)
  • Budget and budget narrative
  • Support letters, memoranda of understanding, and third party agreements
  • Presentation and polishing
  • Submitting the package

This webinar will provide a general overview of the process of preparing federal grants, with an emphasis on responding to Requests for Proposals (RFPs) issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (such as ACYF, FYSB, SAMHSA, etc.) and Department of Justice (OJJDP).  It will not cover specific federal announcements.

FEE: $65 per registration

The Trainer: Sharon 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 sevSVardatira_stafferal 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. Sharon 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.



See the next two webinars in our 2014 Grant Development Series:

The Core of a Winning Grant Proposal: Persuasive Writing  March 20

Turning Straw into Gold — or Making What’s Old Shine Again  May 15

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