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Extensive 8 Week Proposal Writing Course

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Extensive 8 Week Proposal Writing Course

The Mayor’s Office of Partnerships and Grant Services (OPGS) partnered with The Magi Group, LLC and offered a proposal writing course for District residents and organizations.  Designed for both the novice and the experienced individual, this intensive 8-week course combined expert instruction, with practical exercises,  taking you step-by-step through all the stages of planning programs, locating funding sources, and writing grant proposals.  Using common grant development formats, the course  proceeded step-by-step through the development of a proposal with emphasis on the following:

  • How to assess the capacity and funding attractiveness of your organization
  • How to develop relationships with funders
  • How to develop a compelling statement of need
  • How to design evidence-based programs and create a clear logic model
  • How to make work plans work for you
  • How to avoid the common pitfalls of proposal writing
  • How to prove that your programs and services will work

Also discussed were writing techniques to help make your grant-writing process smarter and faster.  The instructor presented valuable content information; then while you worked on your own project, he provided consultation and support helping you to refine your own proposals. You also learned how proposals are reviewed. Participants currently developing a grant were encouraged to bring them to work on during the class. 

There were 80 participants in total. Byte Back, Affordable DC, Catholic Charities, Efforts, and Stand are just a few of the participants. A large number of the participants agreed that the course enhanced their skills in proposal writing, enabled them to do their job better, and was satisfied with the quality of the course, the instructor, the handouts and the classroom materials. Overall, the participants were satified with the course and found the material presented to be useful in their proposal writing and would recommend the course to colleague.

If you have any question about upcoming workshops, please contact Pat Henry at pat.henry@dc.gov.