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The Grant Writer's Well...
is an in-depth course designed for people who are dedicated to building a sustainable non-profit organization and career. During the 2 month course, you'll write a full draft proposal that puts your most beautiful vision for the world into action.
Our next classes start September 24, 2019 and January 11, 2020.
"Last year we applied for 10 grants and we were awarded 9 of the 10!"
"My main takeaway from the course is that grant writing doesn't have to be torturous - in fact it can be joyful."
Erin Marteal, Director, Ithaca Children's Garden
Does this sound familiar?
You’re building a career dedicated to social change and know that grant writing is a skill that you'd like to have in your tool belt.
Your boss asked you to start writing proposals but you’re daunted because you’ve heard others talking about how difficult it is.
Or, you love your nonprofit but know that you really need to diversify the funding base for its long-term health and your peace of mind but find yourself thinking, "I see other organizations getting grants. I want us to get just as many but I'm not sure how.”
And... while you yearn to be a powerful force for greater good you also want to
live a balanced life.
And, it would TOTALLY float your boat to feel confident in your grant writing skills knowing that you can use them to create the world that you dream of for future generations.
If so… then you're in the right place my friend because the Grant Writer’s Well is your cuppa tea.
The Grant Writer's Well has 4 unique features for you
I designed this course very carefully after years of teaching grant writing because I was tired of seeing the level of burnout in our field and courses that simply didn't equip students to succeed over the long-run. I teach short 1 day courses and they are fine to give you a 20,000 ft overview of the field. But, If you've taken them you know that they don't equip you to write a grant application 6 months later when one comes across your desk.
A simple and comprehensive curriculum
that incorporates decades of expertisein both video and written format.
You will research funders and write a proposal during the course with guidance.
The course includes weekly coaching calls in which I answer your questions and we review your working drafts.
The course is offered 3x/yr. Come back to the materials over and over again whenever you need to when you are writing proposals.
23 Learning Outcomes
or...what you'll be able to do after the Grant Writer's Well
Nuts and Bolts
Receive guidance on how to present what you have to offer in a way that funders respond with a “YES.”
Know what to say to make a solid case for funding and what data to use.
Have a proposal draft that you’re excited about and is a reflection of your organization’s mission and vision for the future.
Develop a clear picture of how the grant funding system works.
Know where to look for private and public grant opportunities.
Learn first-hand about the qualities of outstanding proposals – the tricks of the trade.
Complete an assessment of your agency’s readiness for grant funding.
The ability to assess whether a prospect is worth pursuing by reading 990 PFs and RFPs.
Capacity to search for public grant opportunities and the Foundation Center database to identify prospective foundations.
Capacity to assess the prospect pool and begin to discern top priorities.
Know how to write the seven elements of a proposal.
Know how to write clearly and tell a good story.
Know how to put together a solid budget.
If you’ve looked at or taken any grant writing courses before, you’ll notice that most of this content is familiar. This is where most grant writing trainings stop.
I cover this content and also something that is just as critical...how you do it - that I describe below.
An understanding of the importance of creating positive relationships with funders.
A sense of ease about contacting program officers about potential projects.
The capacity to see the grant seeking process within an empowering context that gives you the courage to write and submit.
Create a powerful intention by clearly identifying your agency’s funding priorities.
Capacity to create a context of sufficiency and gratitude in which to do grant research.
You won't find yourself saying, "I don't know how to say this in a way that will make them fund it." Or "How on earth can I get a proposal submitted on time with everything else that I have to do?" Or "My grants never get funded" Or "I just don’t know grants language."
Have the capacity to tell your project or organization’s story from and to the heart, with integrity.
Feel more creativity and ease in writing proposals.
Know what grant writing is really about at its core.
Clearly understand the link between planning and success.
Feel nourished by the grant writing process and feel empowered to fulfill your vision for the world.
"Since taking this course, I have helped secure more than $625,000 in grants!"
"Before I attended your workshop, I used to ‘wing it’ when it came to writing grant applications. Now I know some strategies that have helped me organize my time better and, thankfully, keep my sanity. The best part of all: since taking this course, I have helped secure more than $625,000 in grants!"
Dr. Lenore Strocchia-Rivera
"I have been successful in securing 18 grants, helping to make up for critical funding losses in our program."
"I took the GrantsChampion workshop several years ago and it was my first formal introduction to grants. Since then, I have been successful in securing 18 grants, helping to make up for critical funding losses in our program. Without learning how to write these grants, and gaining the confidence to pursue them, the program might not be here today.
The workshop was relaxed, fun, social, and focused on real grants we were pursuing. It was a very honest workshop. I discovered that grant-writing can be like a puzzle with many pieces we already have. We just need to find the right way of connecting those pieces so they make up the whole picture."
"My proposals are now clear, focused, direct, and heart-felt"
"I came into this class with some grant writing experience but wanting a better success rate. The class broke down the funder/grantee hierarchy and empowered me to feel like a funder’s peer. I am now explicit in the use of statistics and story and am explicit in what the proposal means to and for funders. My proposals are now clear, focused, direct, and heart-felt. Jana breaks down barriers between people and forms safe connections and mentoring relationships. As a result of the class I have more ability to work with others and seek help when needed."
"I’m left with more energy .. and feel more confident about bringing the creative soul into the whole process."
"I’ve longed for a way to better manage the complexities of the grant development process. Jana is gifted at calming weary bodies, minds, and hearts, and affirms our bone deep longings for our work and our world. This workshop is practical, empowering, and visionary. I’m left with more energy for the work and the art of grant development and feel more confident about bringing the creative soul into the whole process. With this workshop you’ll discover how your passion and your expertise can be a compelling story for funders."
"This workshop expands the meaning of grant writing far beyond the everyday, touching on the sacred and what it means to be human."
"I used to think that of grant proposals as nothing more than dollars and needs. This workshop lifts grant writing from the mundane. I learned a lot about the structure of grant proposals but even more about how important it is to imbue your proposal with spirit and passion. This workshop expands the meaning of grant writing far beyond the everyday, touching on the sacred and what it means to be human. I appreciated the creative projects and exercises that were edge experiences, making for much more dynamic learning."
"Our first grant proposal was not only approved but recognized by the funders as being well-written."
"We would not have been able to do it without Jana’s coaching. I would recommend her training to anybody who is interested in getting a good grasp of the art of grant writing. It involves much more than the process of accurately writing a proposal, it’s essentially defining a vision and using the necessary tools to make it happen!"
I know that it's important for me to know a bit more about who's running any program I sign up for so here's my bio....
Here's all the official credentials and experience
Authored GrantWriting Revealed: 25 Experts Share Their Art, Science, and Secrets which is based on interviews with experts who have collectively raised $1.7 billion and written 24,000 proposals with 400 years of experience.
Served as a Subject Matter Expert for the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI) to develop the Grant Professionals Certificate exam.
Helped hundreds of people raise millions of dollars for programs that make a difference. I've written well over 150 successful proposals and raised over $70 million for my grant writing clients — school districts, higher education institutions, and human service agencies throughout the U.S..
Co-taught one of the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s all-time most highly subscribed webinars.
Taught grant writing at New York University’s George H. Heyman Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising.
Spoken at the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) and Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) National Conferences. The “Presentation on Presentation” breakout session at the National GPA conference was given the highest ranking by conference attendees.
Served on the National Board of the GPA and am a former chapter board member of the AFP Finger Lakes.
Served on peer review panels for New York State and the United States Department of Education.
Earned a BA cum laude from Cornell University and conducted research as a Ford Foundation Clusters Scholar.
In short, I've dedicated my life to the social good and mastering the grant writing craft. So, I know that I can help you learn the skills that will serve you well for years to come.
And a bit about me when I'm not in the grant writing world
I'm a Brit - born and raised in Nottingham, England. I now live in Ithaca, NY and have fallen in love with the natural beauty of the landscape. I can most often be found in the woods by a waterfall, on the dance floor, or coming down a ski slope.
I'm also gifted with intuitive insights and offer access to eternal wisdom through The Jana Channel.
I love to walk and had the incredible good fortune to walk the 500 mile Camino de Santiago with my daughter in 2017, the Grand Canyon with my son in 2013, and the Camino Portuguese in 2018. I look forward to the next pilgrimage.
P.S. If you're looking for a good way to get to know me and my work, I'd be happy to offer you my book and associated quiz. Just click here to sign up to receive them.
"There is something very special about this course"
"Not everyone who is an expert in their field is willing to share their knowledge and expertise. Moreover, even fewer experts have the gift of being an excellent teacher. Or, are able to encapsulate and crystallize all they have learned, and present their accumulated knowledge in a course of easily digestible lessons. Jana does that in her series of short videos, her comprehensive course manual, and in her LIVE weekly Question & Answer sessions. Those weekly Q&As not only give you direct access to Jana and your cohort for discussion of the grant writing process, but you also have a chance to learn from your classmates as they share their own experiences. The Grant Writer's Well will inspire you, expand your 'skill set' in proposal writing, and provide a rock solid grant writing methodology for creating any proposal, and getting that grant."
Steven Carlson, CA
"I learned to tell my 'story' in a compelling way"
"Most workshops are about doing this and not doing that but this workshop was heart-centered and Jana took a lot of care to address individual questions and concerns to ensure that everyone had a clear understanding of the grant writing process. I learned to view my organization through the lens of potential funders and how to tell my ‘story’ in a compelling way. This is the best training you can take if you want to get to the ‘heart’ of successful grant writing."
"If you’re thinking of taking the class, just do it and be prepared to do some work. My time and money were well-spent."
"I came into this class feeling intimidated by the grant development process. Jana communicates with humor and creates a calm space in which to focus. The exercises were really helpful and useful and I learned the importance of people and their stories in grant development. I left the class with a big picture of the grants process and feel much more confident. If you’re thinking of taking the class, just do it and be prepared to do some work. My time and money were well-spent."
"Taking this workshop has made me more comfortable and skilled"
"This in-depth and interactive workshop gave me the support to go for an RFP that I would otherwise have let pass by. I like that the class emphasized the importance of taking all the necessary steps and on teamwork to fill in and strengthen gaps. Taking this workshop has made me more comfortable and skilled with aspects of the grant writing process where I was weakest, such as building relationships with funders.
This workshop, designed by a grants professional, will provide you with valuable new skills and the opportunity to draft a proposal during the class and receive support and feedback from your peers."
"The course materials and resources provided have been particularly helpful, even several months after the workshop."
"From the introduction on day one, I felt confident in Jana Hexter's command of the subject and knew I would learn a great deal from her grant-writing workshop. It provided the opportunity for me to review the grant-writing process, look closely at each step, and consider different approaches to grant-writing depending on the source of funding. Jana taught about the finer details of grant-writing from both the writer's and grant reviewer's perspectives. The course materials and resources provided have been particularly helpful, even several months after the workshop. I would recommend this course to beginning grant-writers, as well as to experienced grant-writers who want to sharpen their skills."
I am offering a sliding scale: Please choose the category that has integrity for you.
Non-profits with revenue < $300k/year = $795
Non-profits with revenue < $1M/year = $895
Non-profits with revenue > $1M = $995
I’M OFFERING A FULL PAYMENT OPTION
THREE INSTALLMENT OPTION (this costs 3% more to cover additional credit card processing fees)
I understand that it’s an investment of both your time, money and life force to take this course - and the potential downside is that you’ll put time into this and it won’t be a fit for you.
I’d like to take the risk off of you and onto me. If you sign up for the course, do all of the exercises, and attend 90% of the live calls and complete 90% of the videos and are not completely satisfied, just let me know and I’ll REFUND YOUR FEE and while it won't compensate you for your time, I'll make a $100 donation to your non-profit (or one of your choosing) in addition.
To say that another way: if you do the work, you are guaranteed to raise at least $100 from this program.
How much time will it take?
The course will require 3-6 hours per week plus 8-10 hours in weeks 6 & 7. I understand this is a huge time commitment for most people - but I guarantee you that I’ll do my absolute best to make it worth your time and give you the skills that you’ll be able to use for years to come.
It sounds great but I don’t have the money.
I understand that non-profit budgets are always tight. So, I'm offering this course with an installment option in which you pay over 3 months.
And, I also have a LOT of free resources on my main grant writing page including my book at www.grantschampion.com .
I don’t have project to work on – will this be useful?
Not really, if you don’t know a program or project very well.
If it’s online, how much interaction do I get with you?
I’ve designed the course and all the course materials and videos etc are imbibed with the best of my experience.
We’ll also have a live 90 minute call each week where we can talk through what you’re working on and get feedback from me and your peers.
Do you offer CFRE credits?
Not at this time.
In the course description you mention having a buddy. Is that a requirement?
You are not required to have a buddy. However, there is an appreciable difference in the participatioin and success of people who have buddies as they go through the course so I highly recommend it. It could be a board member since they know your organizsion from a different angle. Plus, it can be helpful to have their support for your developing project. Or, you might have an intern working with you who could benefit from teh experience.
You talk about the sacred - is this religious?
No, it’s not. I do not adhere to any religion and respect all of them that empower people to be be more loving. I believe that we all share a common root that is loving, expansive and peaceful - what all religions point to. The course includes some non-denominational meditations intended to bring us present to this sense of the sacred. I’ve found that most people find them relaxing, grounding and peaceful - and religious fundamentalists don’t like it.