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The Grant Writer's Well has 4 unique features for you
You may have taken other short courses, but then six months later when you need to write a proposal it's all a vague memory. Grant writing can be a challenging process. I designed this course very carefully after years of teaching grant writing because I saw FOUR ISSUES WITH MOST GRANT WRITING COURSES that I believe don't equip students to succeed over the long-run. This course has four features designed to give you grant-writing skills that endure.
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 a 1:1 consultation plus weekly group coaching calls in which I answer your questions.
Come back to the materials over and over again whenever you need to when you are writing proposals.
The Grant Writer's Well...
is an in-depth online course designed for people who are dedicated to building a sustainable non-profit organization and career. During the 8 week course, you'll have the opportunity to prepare a full draft proposal that puts your most beautiful vision for the world into action.
"Last year we applied for 10 grants and we were awarded 9 out 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
"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."
"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
This course is like none I've ever participated in...
Most courses approach grants with a very scientific mindset; which for me often feels difficult to access. Jana on the other hand approaches grant writing in a way that encourages curiosity and a sense of wonder. Don’t be fooled, however, there are plenty of practical tools and guidelines. I found the webinars and resources Jana provided made grant writing more accessible. I no longer approach it with a sense of intimidation; I actually believe I am up for the challenge.
"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."
"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!"
Dr. Marie Constant
"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."
"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
"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."
"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."
This course is for you if...
You want to position your non-profit to thrive after the COVID19 virus.
You are building a career in the non-profit sector and want to build some solid grant writing skills that will serve you and your organization well over the long-term.
You have great ideas and are committed to getting them funded and just need some support and guidance.
You plan to stick around for a while and are committed to a career in the non-profit world or committed to volunteering for a non-profit that you love.
You’ve been procrastinating and second-guessing yourself about writing grant proposals for far too long and are ready to take action.
You are capable of (kind) self-discipline because you’ll need to sit yourself down and get the work done.
You are determined to create positive social, environmental and economic change in the world and know that you can do it with the right support.
You’re comfortable with and enjoy meditations, yoga, connecting in sacred space and talking about our inherent oneness. You’re the kind of person who heads off on retreat every once is in a while – or would like to.
You're comfortable with computers.
You're drawn to spirituality and believe that we all have a deep reservoir of eternal wisdom inside of us.
To get full the benefit during the live course, you need to have a draft project in mind and be ABLE and WILLING to spend 4-5 hours per week putting what you have learned into action. You need to set aside at least 16 hours to work on your draft proposal during sessions 6 &7.
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 hail from the land of Robin Hood and I now live by a waterfall in the Finger Lakes of 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.
I am offering a sliding scale: Please choose the category that has integrity for you.
Non-profits with revenue < $300k/year and students= $795
Non-profits with revenue < $1M/year and individuals = $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)
Non-profits with revenue < $300k/year and students= $795
Non-profits with revenue < $1M/year and individuals = $895
Non-profits with revenue > $1M= $995
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.
I offer a 1:1 individual call for all registrants so that we can brainstorm and refine your project ideas.
We’ll also have a live 45 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 participation 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 organization 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 the 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.