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Five Weekly Sessions via Zoom

Wednesdays  -  5/5,  5/12,  5/19,  5/26,  6/2
12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. (PT)

Event Description

Grantwriting Fundamentals - Nonprofit Learning Cohort

Allison Shirk, Owner/Instructor, Spark The Fire Grantwriting Classes

Join a group of your peers for this five-session interactive series and embark on a unique  journey and learning experience into the world of grantwriting. Explore the big picture of writing grants in current times and discuss the detailed nuances of the proposal writing process. Discover resources for finding grant opportunities. Develop strategies for gaining visibility and building relationships with grantmakers. And finally, discover what makes the difference between a good proposal and a great one. This webinar series is targeted to both beginning grantwriters and those who seek to advance their success, as each session begins with a basic framework and builds in complexity through discussion and discovery. The learning cohort is interactive and learner-centric with hands-on activities and resources for ongoing learning.  

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  1. Apply concrete methods for writing winning grants in current times.
  2. Understand the nuanced techniques of the proposal writing process. 
  3. Find promising grant opportunities through research strategy.
  4. Develop strategies for gaining visibility and building relationships with grantmakers.
  5. Utilize a framing theory for turning a good proposal into a great one.



Session 1

May 5           

Introductions/Expectations and Opening Activity

The ‘Of Course’ Factor: Grantwriting Overview

Session 2

May 12        

Success Lies in the Path Less Taken: Community Need to Evaluation

Session 3

May 19

Research Strategy: Finding Grant Opportunities

Session 4

May 26

Visibility: Building Relationships with Grantmakers

Session 5

June 2

Framing Theory: Editing Your Grant from Good to Great

Additional Guidelines

  • This learning series is intended to support Oregon-based 501(c)(3) all-volunteer to small staffed nonprofits in rural communities statewide.
  • Each session will provide nonprofit leaders with vetted information, ideas, and peer support as they navigate a flood of critical decisions they must make in 2021 and beyond.  
  • Limit is 25 individuals per cohort with no more than two representatives from one organization.
  • Participants make a commitment to attend all sessions.


This nonprofit learning cohort is made possible with support from The Ford Family Foundation.

Please send questions and comments ahead of the session to

About the Cohort Leader

Allison Shirk, Founder, Spark The Fire Grantwriting Classes

Allison Shirk is the Founder, Executive Director and Instructor of Spark the Fire Grantwriting Classes, an organization providing quality grantwriting to more than 1,500 nonprofits and institutions since 2013. Shirk has more than twenty years of experience in grantwriting and nonprofit management and has helped nonprofits raise millions of dollars to make a powerful positive impact on our communities. She is passionate about teaching and provides highly interactive, learner-centric learning experiences. She is an adjunct professor at Seattle Central College and Lower Columbia College. She is an approved, vetted trainer by 501 Commons and the Nonprofit Association of Oregon and is a member of the Grant Professionals Association. Shirk is also a columnist for the Foundation Center, New York.



$75 for NAO Members
$150 for Yet To Be Members

The NAO member discount will be applied after you select "Register Now" below. You must be logged in to your member account to receive the discount. 

You will receive a registration confirmation e-mail. A link to access each weekly virtual cohort session will be sent to registered participants by the Cohort Leader prior to each session.

If you have questions or trouble registering contact



May 5th, 2021 12:00 PM through June 2nd, 2021 1:15 PM
Online Event
Price $ 150.00
Event Particulars
City Online learning
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Development & Fundraising
Event Region Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, North Coast, Northern Willamette Valley, South Coast, Southern Oregon, Southern Willamette Valley
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding