Two 4-Hour Sessions (In-Person)
Wednesday, June 21 & 28
12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Event Description

Grant Writing: Keys to a Successful Foundation Proposal - Prineville

Sarah Spangler, Nonprofit Education Specialist, NAO

Join us for this two day workshop to learn more about writing foundation grants. This series will offer hands-on learning activities, peer networking, expert knowledge on grant readiness, grant research, proposal writing, and grant management.

This is a perfect introduction to foundation proposal writing for small and rural nonprofits, as well as those new to grant writing. Through this course, participants will gain tangible tools and strategies to bring back and implement in their nonprofit organizations.


Session 1: June 21

Grant Readiness 
In this session we’ll discuss what it takes to be considered “ready” to seek foundation funding. We’ll review a list of commonly requested documents, highlight what funders are looking for, discuss how to assess priorities, and ensure program readiness.


  1. Learn the importance of having a strategy and priorities for funding
  2. Gain confidence that you are PREPARED enough to seek grants (programmatically and organizationally)
  3. Develop an efficient and organized grant system
  4. Develop a Logic Model for a top-priority project/program (to work on during class time) 
  5. Learn about the benefits of creating a Grant Answer Template 

Grant Research
Most people feel lost when it comes to grant research because they “don’t know where to start,” which is why we’ll walk through the entire process! We’ll start with discussing the importance of identifying keywords and phrases, showcasing the different platforms to look for grants (grant databases, Google, 990s), and walk through cursory and detailed reviews of grant guidelines.


  1. Learn about platforms for grant research and discuss how to pick the one(s) that will best serve your organization’s grant-seeking process 
  2. Discuss keywords and why they are important; brainstorm a list of keywords to use as a starting point for your independent grant research 
  3. Introduce and explore the Grant Opportunity List (template): Research List 

Session 2: June 28

Grant Writing
This is where we like to dig in and do some actual writing! We will refer back to the Grant Answer Template introduced in Session 1 and in this session we will walk through the boilerplate and teach you how to add compelling language, data, and funder-specific alignment to make your narrative stand out. 


  1. Understand how to create a concise and compelling grant proposal 
  2. Learn what funders *really* want to know
  3. Taking a proposal to the next level by making your narrative tailored to each funder you apply for
  4. Gain confidence in your writing skills

Grant Management/Building Relationships
In this session, we will begin to wrap up the grant writing process by discussing how to track outcomes you’ve outlined in grant proposals (internal progress reports), how to organize your reporting calendar, and ways to build relationships with funders after the grant ends.


  1. Understand how to show your program was successful & worth the investment
  2. Clarifying goals and objectives and how to track them 
  3. When to reach out to funders and what to say to build strong relationships
  4. Developing an organized plan to track outcomes

About the Facilitator

Sarah Spangler, Nonprofit Education Specialist, NAO

Sarah Spangler is a Nonprofit Education Specialist at NAO. Sarah has worked in the nonprofit sector in different capacities for almost 10 years; as a nonprofit volunteer, committee member, program coordinator, development director, executive director, and board member. Sarah is an active community member and feels at her best when she is surrounded by others who are passionate about building stronger, more equitable, and more compassionate communities.


Thank You Sponsors

This workshop series is made possible with support from The Ford Family FoundationMeyer Memorial Trust, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, and The Roundhouse Foundation.


$125 for NAO Members
$200 for Nonmembers

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June 21st, 2023 12:00 PM to June 28th, 2023 4:00 PM
Central Oregon Community College – Prineville Campus
510 SE Lynn Blvd.
PRI 119
Prineville, OR 97754
Price $200.00
Event Particulars
City Prineville
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Development & Fundraising
Event Region Central Oregon
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding, Principles & Practices