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OPGS Grant Writing Workshop Testimonials

Monday, October 1, 2012

OPGS Grant Writing Workshop Testimonials


On July 2, 2012, twenty organizations attended a 10-week grant writing workshop sponsored by the Office of Partnerships and Grant Services and facilitated by Mr. Stephen Broyles of the Magi Group.  The organizations consisted of nonprofit and faith based organizations as well as DC Government Agency representatives.  The grant writing course was designed to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully complete and submit a proposal for either a grant or contract.    The skills included the ability to identify funding sources, to critically analyze internal and external factors, to conduct program development, to create program budgets, to be able to conduct basic program evaluations and identify evidence-based practices, and to engage in proposal writing.   Using common grant development formats, the class went step-by-step through the development of a proposal with an emphasis on the following: *how to identify and evaluate the most appropriate funding sources *how to research a problem *how to supply the documentation and statistics necessary for supporting a grant proposal.   In addition, the participants learned writing techniques that would help make their grant-writing process smarter and faster.   At the end of the session a formal peer review of the proposals with a common scoring process was established.    Participants were able to experience the proposal review process from both sides of the table . . . reviewer and reviewed . . . further enhancing their insight into successful grant writing.    At the completion of the 10-week session each participant received a certificate of completion.

Following are participant’s testimonials

Rosalind M. Parker, Esq.

President & CEO, Bridging Resources In Communities, Inc.

"This course has been extremely beneficial to the growth and sustainability of the organization I represent.  We will now be able to put in place a system specifically for grant and resource development.  Stephen Broyles is an exceptional instructor willing to share his industry expertise in an easily understandable format.  I would recommend this course for anyone who needs assistance in learning the grant-writing process.  I want to thank all of you for the opportunity. "

"This class was extremely well done and definitely should be continued. Mr. Broyles' approach of sharing his proven practical insights on each of the core elements of identifying sources of funding and of each component of preparing and submitting a fundable grant application was invaluable and extremely beneficial.  Also Mr. Broyles' willingness to provide us with the same tools he utilizes in writing grants and assisting organizations assess and pursue funding opportunities was an extra special bonus.  In fact, I am submitting a proposal today from which I have already benefited from lessons learned from taking this course."

Veronica Jenkins,MD

Executive Director: HFH

Medical Director: FMCS

"Thank you for teaching me how to write a better grant.   We were awarded one of the Effie Barry Strategic Planning awards.  I believe that some of the techniques I learned in class directly helped me to make this application much stronger than previous ones I submitted.   Thank you again for all of your encouragement!"

Therese Sule

President, 1330 Tenant’s Association

"The grant writing call with Mr. Broyles has been the best gratin writing course I have ever taken.  He is very interactive. He answers questions and he is reachable by email.  I have learned a lot.  I have taken a project management class, budgeting and still was able to learn more."

Effie and BrendaSmith

Consumer Action Network

"We signed up for your grant writing course to learn how to truly define our funding need.  The workshop was especially rewarding and useful.  Although we had some grant experience, we learned a lot at this workshop and would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in writing grant proposals."

Alfred Harrison

Founder, Angels of Hope Ministries, Inc.

"This course was just what we need as a new nonprofit 501©3.  It helped us to get needed items in order for the next phase of the grant writing process.  Thanks.  Facilitator was dynamic!!!!"

Mamadou M. Samba

Capital City Fellow, Office of the Chief Financial Officer

"Again thank you for the opportunity to be part of the grant writing class the past few weeks.  It has been a great experience and I look forward to putting it to good use.  Kudos to Lafayette Barnes, and the great OPGS team."