Organizational Readiness for Securing Grant Funding - Today and Tomorrow
This course will take an in-depth look at what it takes to increase organizational preparations needed to successfully apply for grant funding, how to write a highly competitive proposal, incorporate best practices in program design, and develop compelling budget narratives. In addition, the course will explore the major steps needed to go from initial idea to grant writing and submission. The course is hands-on and process oriented. Those taking the course will have the tools and preparation to apply for a number of different types of grants.
- Session 1: Grant Writing 101 will allow those who have never written a grant the chance to receive a compressive overview of (1) grant terminology; (2) different types of grants; (3) where and how to find grant opportunities; and (4) key components of most grant proposals.
- Session 2: Grant Writing Tips and Strategies focuses on key elements for successful proposals and incorporating story telling into effective grant writing.
- Session 3: Grant Writing Strategies in Action demonstrates how solid and efficient proposal language can be used for multiple funding opportunities with minimal edits, and how organizing grant materials benefits present and future grant writing and improves organizational readiness.
- Session 4: The Value of Peer Review gives real examples of the peer review process in prioritizing grants for funding. This session will also include interactive activities that allows organizations to bring segments of a grant application to be reviewed and discussed based on strengths and weaknesses.
Session Dates and Time
States and American Samoa
January 11, 18, 25, and February 8, 2024
02:00 pm – 03:30 pm Alaska
03:00 pm – 04:30 pm Pacific
04:00 pm – 05:30 pm Mountain (and Arizona)
01:00 pm – 02:30 pm Hawaii
12:00 pm – 01:30 pm American Samoa
January 12, 19, 26, and February 9, 2024
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Republic of the Marshall Islands
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Pohnpei and Kosrae
09:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Chuuk, and Yap
08:00 a.m. - 09:30 a.m. Republic of Palau
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Dawn Marie Baletka, PhD, LPC, GPC, has over a decade of experience as a K-12 administrator, parenting educator, and national grant consultant who facilitates the designing, writing, implementing, and managing grant programs. She has held a position with Texas A&M University as a Research Scientist and Instructional Assistant Professor, teaching Grant Writing, Senior Seminar, and Program Evaluation since 2016. Dr. Baletka has extensive interdisciplinary/cross-sector experience. Dawn Marie has earned credentials with the Grant Professionals Certification Institute as a certified grant professional (GPC) and is also a licensed professional counselor (LPC). A popular speaker and professional development trainer, she couples her strategic thinking skills with her ability to facilitate collaborative efforts that underscore successful results-driven programs. A persuasive storyteller and strategic thinker, Dawn Marie is known for her ability to facilitate collaborative planning efforts that underscore successful proposals. Her open-concept problem-solving abilities have guided numerous organizations nationwide to maximize funding streams and improve programmatic capacity. Dawn Marie has focused her career on helping educators, students, community members, and parents reach their goals and objectives.
Participant Commitments and Expectations
- If unfamiliar with grant writing, attend the first 1.5-hour live Zoom session in the four-part series
- If somewhat familiar with grant writing, attend sessions 2-4 live Zoom sessions in the series
- Complete up to an hour of independent learning activities before each session
- Use a web camera and have the appropriate technology to join the online videoconferencing platform (i.e., internet connection, built-in or USB webcam, laptop/tablet, built-in/USB/Bluetooth speakers & microphone)
- Actively engage and be on camera 90% of the time during each session since this is not a webinar series, and active participation is essential to gain/improve skills
Up to 9 hours of continuing education hours can be earned in this series. Participants who complete the entire course will receive a certificate of attendance for 9 hours. Participants will need to confirm with their state certification board to determine if these hours are accepted towards their specific certification requirements.
Due to limited enrollment, if you cannot commit to the full participant requirements, please defer this opportunity to others.
Cost is Free!
Please contact Holly Simak ([email protected]) for any questions related to registration. For any other questions, please contact Britany Wiele ([email protected]) or Kathy Gardner ([email protected]).