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Grant Proposal Writing

Are you new to proposal writing? Or are you looking for a quick refresher? If so, you will want to check out next month’s live viewing of Foundation Center webinar, “Introduction to Proposal Writing.” It will be held in the Chippewa Room on Wednesday, November 14 from 1 to 2 p.m. This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. You will learn:

  • The basic elements of a proposal.
  • The “do’s and don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal.
  • How to follow up an acceptance or a rejection.

The intended audience is not only for beginners but for people who are already writing grants. The webinar will be lead by Lori Guidry, the City Lead for Foundation Center West. She oversees Foundation Center public services and programming for the social sector in the Bay Area. She helps nonprofits in the region find the information and tools they need to be successful. She has worked in information services for more than 15 years, specializing in business and marketing topics, including corporate social responsibility. She holds a Masters in Library & Information Science from Dominican University in River Forest, IL.

After the webinar, there will be time for questions and I’m also more than happy to give a tour of Foundation Directory Online Profession. This database is offered to you free of charge but you must be in the library to use it. It is a comprehensive database of almost 150,000 grantmakers and over 12 million grants. It allows you to search across the text of the entire database of IRS 990s and it is updated weekly.

Are you interested in the topic of grant seeking but are not quite to the proposal writing stage? Well then look no further than the Foundation Center website. You will find easy-to-use resource collections and get up to date information and guidance. The Foundation Center also has a nice collection of helpful videos on their YouTube channel. If you are still at a loss and don’t know where to start, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 715-839-5004 or at michaelaw@eauclaire.lib.wi.us.

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