Most people fear public speaking, along with death and taxes! Becoming a good communicator is something you have to WORK at and give attention to. Oprah did not become *Oprah* overnight. Rather she had been speaking in front of groups and on radio/TV for many years and from a young age. Effectively communicating is extremely important to building relationships and working productively. This class helps you learn effective ways of introduction and follow-up communications with your prospects, volunteers and all stakeholders. You need the ability to build rapport and communicate effectively with internal and external partners. This course will help you gain confidence in establishing personal contact and maintaining relationships with foundation contacts and program officers. Best practices using email, phone, in-person meetings and written correspondence are covered. The 2-minute pitch and role play are used to facilitate learning. Many students comment that Effective Communications is their favorite class!
Successful Grant Writing
Get an A-Z overview of the grantwriting process and learn the core components of every grant proposal:cover letter, needs assessment, budget, methodology, and program evaluation. Develop a strategic approach to write a successful grant proposal.
This class provides the knowledge, strategies and resources necessary to find funding for various types of grants. Course covers identifying, prioritizing and creating a pipeline for potential funding sources from corporate and foundation funders.
Proposal Writing: Putting Pen to Paper
Students get started writing step-by-step. This hands-on class teaches how to write succinctly and persuasively. Students are encouraged to bring a project idea to begin formulating an outline for writing an actual rough draft proposal.
Grant Budgeting Basics
Learn how to construct the budget component for your grant application. Understand how to estimate the costs needed and determine if the grant can cover the costs. You will determine if it is feasible for your project to be accomplished.
Learn how to apply project management tools and techniques to succeed at implementing programs and managing projects of any size and scope. Recognize ways to make your effort professional and competitive. Students are encouraged to bring their work in progress for interactive discussion and critique.
Fundamentals of Program Evaluation
Conducting program evaluations is critical for demonstrating program impact to various stakeholders. Learn how to plan an evaluation, design a questionnaire, select evaluation methods, and interpret data to produce a cohesive evaluation report.
Developing Corporate Partners
Identify and comprehend the unique characteristics of corporate funders, the do's and don'ts in building corporate partnerships and what it takes to ultimately gaining their long-term support.
How To Apply
To enter the program, interested applicants must:
- be fluent in English (written and spoken)
- have a computer (or access to one) and an email address to receive communications from program coordinator
- have access to dropbox or google docs in order to download and print course materials/handouts and bring to class
- complete and submit VMG's Grant Writing Training Program Registration Form with payment
Schedules, Fees & Registration
To register for the 8-course program or individual courses(classroom only), please complete and submit the VMG Grant Writing Training Program Registration Form and make payment. It's that easy! There is no application process required. Registration continues until classes are full. Walk-in registration on the day of class is permitted only if there is space in the class and you call in advance to confirm a spot in the class. Completed registration forms can be mailed to Volunteer Management Group, faxed to 917-456-3449 or scanned and emailed to the email address on the registration form. Please email admin (at) volunteermanagementgroup.com with questions or to confirm that your registration form and payment have been received.
Registration for Individual Courses
Individual course registration is available for classroom courses. For the online program, individual course registration is not permitted, only the full 8-course online program.
Cancellation Policy: No Refunds
Registration is first come, first served. Space is limited. Due to space arrangements all payments are final. No refunds possible. Cancellations can transfer to the same course/program in the next series, registration fee applies. Cancellation policy applies to online and classroom programs.
Class Size and Course Status
Class size typically is 7 to 10 students and classes do get filled up. Please register early to avoid disappointment. Minimum enrollment must be met for a program or course to run. If minimum enrollment is not met, registrants will be contacted and offered a refund or the opportunity to take the training online or in the next series.
Homework and Grades
This is a non-credit training program. While grades will not be given, students are offered the option to meet "VMG Challenge Assignments" assigned for each course by completing the challenge and submitting work to the instructor for feedback and critique. Instructors will only review work on a timely basis at the time the course is taught (not after you finish the series).
Students are required to be professional and, as a courtesy to the instructor and other students, be punctual in attending class. If absence is to occur, the student is responsible for notifying VMG. Each instructor maintains and submits attendance records for each class.
Completing Your Training and Earning Your Certificate
The Grant Writing Training consists of completing the 8 courses listed above. "Completing" the series consists of attending and participating in all class sessions for the program. Upon completion you will receive a Certificate of Completion issued by VMG. Attendance at each class is required. Partial attendance in any class does not count toward completion. It is recommended that courses be taken in one semester, but if necessary, they can be spread out over two semesters. Students with schedule conflicts can also take a class online if they miss the classroom session. It is recommended that the courses be taken in sequence due to the flow of the course content; however, they may be taken out of order if absolutely necessary.
VMG offers Grant Writing On-Site Training and Consulting Services. Click here for details.