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Demystifying Grant Writing: Writing Winning Proposals

Maryland Nonprofits

Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 8:30 AM - Friday, May 16, 2014 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

Demystifying Grant Writing: Writing Winning Proposals

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Are you seeking funding to support your organizational initiatives? Are you working to find the most compelling story to share with your funders? Do you struggle with developing a budget for your proposal? Have you recently started your own nonprofit organization?

If you answered yes, then “Demystifying Grant Writing: Writing Winning Proposals” will teach you the mechanics of effective grant writing and put you on the path to winning proposals.

Writing grants can feel like a daunting and overwhelming task when you don’t understand the process. This two day workshop will teach you critical skills for understanding how to structure grants, how to search for grants and how to put your vision to paper. Participants will practice following a full grant writing process while gaining tools to organize thinking and will learn how to articulate program goals and objectives. Once you understand these basic principles we will support you as you learn how to build relationships with funders and learn how to search foundation websites to find the most pertinent information relevant to your organizational goals.

This Course is Ideal For: New and Seasoned Grant Writers, Emerging Development Directors, Fundraising Professionals, Nonprofits, Administrative Assistants, and Government Agencies

In this course you will:

  • Understand the basics of grant writing
  • Learn strategies for how to begin the grant writing process
  • Discover the storyteller in you and how it will serve the grant writing process
  • Learn the basics of constructing a needs statement
  • Learn the differences between program support and general operating support and when to choose between the two
  • Understand the elements of preparing your budget and justifying expenses
  • Understand how to respond to basic requests for information from the funder


DAY ONE: Demystifying Grant Writing: Writing Winning Proposals Training

Demystifying Grants” means making the process simple and addressing those confusing and often unanswered questions. We will discuss proven strategies developed by experts in the field. This workshop will be presented with instruction, real time examples, interactive group exercises, and group discussion. Check-In starts at 8:30AM and the training starts promptly at 9:00AM!

DAY TWO: Grant Coaching Clinic (60-Minute Coaching Sessions Only)

Participants who attend the Demystifying Grant Writing: Writing Winning Proposals" workshop will also have an opportunity to sign up for a one-on-one, 60-minute coaching session to have grants proposals or other organizational materials reviewed. Experts in the field of grant writing will provide hands-on coaching to help participant’s complete grants, or review other organizational materials. Participants will leave their one-on-one coaching session with strategies and direct feedback on how to write and develop current and future projects.




Presenter Ashley McSwain is the president of Consultants for Change (CFC) a dynamic consulting firm designed to assist the emerging nonprofit to manage their projects build infrastructure and capacity and learn the art of writing successful grant proposals. She has worked in the human services field for over twenty-five years and is currently an adjunct professor at Montgomery College teaching nonprofit management and teaches grant writing for Maryland Nonprofits. Ashley writes government and foundation grants and approaches grant writing using an organizations development lens to ensure the organization is using its grants as the opportunity to build capacity as well as to tell their most compelling story.


She presently works in the Master’s Program for Organization Development at American University serving as a Practicum Advisor where she supports students as they manage their external field projects and she supervises graduates in the School of Social Work at Howard University as they complete a field project. Additionally, Ashley leads the women’s reentry initiative for the District of Columbia to provide vision and support to women as they return home following a period of incarceration. She coordinates this reentry initiative in collaboration with the Executive Office of the Mayor, Community Based Organizations and the local Jail. She is the former Executive Director for Our Place DC, a nonprofit that offers programming and resources to currently and formerly incarcerated women in the DC area, as they transition back into the community.


Ashley is a licensed Social Worker and holds a Master of Social Work from Temple University and a Master of Organizational Development from American University’s NTL program located in Washington, DC, she is certified as a domestic violence counselor and is qualified to administer the Myers Briggs Type Indicator.

Have questions about Demystifying Grant Writing: Writing Winning Proposals? Contact Maryland Nonprofits

When & Where

Mental Health Association of Frederick County
226 South Jefferson Street
Community Services Wing
Frederick, MD 21701

Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 8:30 AM - Friday, May 16, 2014 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

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Maryland Nonprofits

Maryland Nonprofits is the collective voice of Maryland’s nonprofit sector. Through leadership, advocacy, and essential resources, we strengthen individual nonprofits, educate Board, staff ,volunteers, and engage communities to improve the quality of life for all Marylanders.

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