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The Ultimate Grant Proposal Blueprint On-Demand Course

About this event

This event is produced in partnership with GrantsMagic U. Registration is on the GrantsMagic U page.


NAO Members get $100 off this series! Visit the Members Only Page for your discount code. You must be logged in to view this page.

This 8-session video-based online course is everything you need to dramatically up-level your grantseeking success. Presenter Maryn Boess has distilled her 25+ years of experience into a powerful “inside-up” framework for constructing a grant proposal that’s clear, compelling, and irresistible to grantmakers. Participants will:

  • Learn how to build a solid, fundable proposal from the inside out and the bottom up.
  • Work with a unique set of tried-and-tested planning tools, worksheets, road maps, checklists, and step-by-step, fill-in-the-blanks templates to make your proposals clear, concise, complete, coherent – and compelling.
  • Learn literally hundreds of “insider’s tips” from grantmakers and successful grantseeking organizations that you can put to work for your organization – right away.
  • Learn how to organize the details of your work in a way guaranteed to take you to your next level of grantseeking success … no matter where you’re starting out.

Each session is delivered at-your-own-pace and on-your-own-schedule, and includes a printable workbook filled with planning guides, checklists and step-by-step, fill-in-the-blank templates to help you capture, organize, and articulate your good thinking every step of the way. In addition, the course features 3 live group Q&A sessions with Maryn, where you can get answers to all your questions about grants, grantseeking, and grantmaking. And participants can request personal support via an “Ask Maryn Anything” Facebook page.

SNEAK PREVIEW: Get a sneak preview of this on-demand course by joining us for a FREE webinar, The Biggest Myths about Grantseeking Right Now…, on May 4.

Course Schedule

May 23: Starting Right Where You Are – Right Now

May 30: What’s the Problem? – Crafting a Statement of Issue, Need, or Opportunity that’s Clear, Compelling – and Completely Irresistible

June 6: Impact Outcomes: Let’s Visit Emerald City!

June 13: Work Plan/Partnership: . . . And How Will We Get from Where We Are to Where We Want to Be?

June 20: The Essential Evaluation Toolkit: How Are We Doing . . . and Why Does It Matter, Anyway?

June 27: Building an Unbreakable Project Budget – Guaranteed!

July 4: The Summary/The Credibility Statement: What’s This All About – Quickly? And Why Should Anyone Trust Us?

July 11: Turning Your Blueprint into an A+ Proposal – On Paper or On-Line

Additional one hour Q & A Sessions will be offered on June 1, June 29, & July 20, starting at 10 a.m. Pacific Time.


$197 NAO Members

$297 Nonmembers

About the Presenter

Maryn Boess

Over her 20+ year career in the nonprofit world, Maryn Boess has been an on-staff program developer and grantwriter; an independent grants consultant; a grants project manager; a grants trainer; a grants reviewer, author, speaker, mentor and coach; and – yes – for the past 9 years, even a grantmaker. GrantsMagic U, launching in fall 2015, is the “virtual academy” she created to make her extensive portfolio of practical and inspiring trainings on successful grantsmanship available (and affordable!) for anyone, anytime, anywhere.


NAO Members get $100 off this series! Visit the Members Only Page for your discount code. You must be logged in to view this page.

Membership Opportunity for Rural Organizations

Thanks to the support of the Ford Institute for Community Building, rural organizations participating in this event will qualify for a 2 for 1 NAO membership opportunity! Contact Mayra Camacho [email protected] to join now!