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Extensive 8 Week Proposal Writing Course

The Mayor’s Office of Partnerships and Grant Services (OPGS) partnered with The Magi Group, LLC for an 8-week proposal writing course from May 10 to June 28, 2016. Participants were District non-profit executives, staff, and government employees. Designed for both the novice and the experienced individual, this intensive 8-week course combined expert instruction, with practical exercises, taking participants step-by-step through all the stages of planning programs, locating funding sources, and writing grant proposals.  Using common grant development formats, the course guided participants 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.
  • How to plan a budget for partnerships or program expansion.
  • How proposals are reviewed and selected for awards.

Also discussed were writing techniques to help make the grant-writing process easier and faster.  The instructor presented valuable content information while participants practiced on sample projects. The class the instructor also provided individual consultation and support for participants currently developing grant applications and participants were encouraged to bring in their actual applications to work on during the class. The OPGS office will also host a ceremony this month for past and current graduates of the class to network and celebrate their achievement. 


Carolyn Marshall
Executive Director

Mother Dear's Community Center

“I found the 8 weeks grant writing training to be very helpful and useful to me.  It has given me a broader and greater understanding of proposal writing and what is required to write a winning proposal.  The presentations and material we received are priceless.   I am truly grateful that I was selected to attend this outstanding workshop. Also, Mr. Stephen Broyles was absolutely amazing and very knowledgeable.  He was very professional, had great humor and was just a great person to listen to for eight weeks.   His presentations were exciting, clear and well put together.   He pointed out every aspect of how to write a winning proposal.  Now the rest is up to those of us who had the opportunity to attend his thorough training, to put all that we learned into action.   Thank you again for selection Mother Dear's Community Center to participate in this excellent granting workshop.”