This course provides insight into the entire grant process from organization planning and priority setting, project development, and grant administration. Emphasis will be placed on improving an organization’s grant readiness by
- Engaging in a planning process to identify key initiative and grant-worthy projects;
- Following a project development process to shape the concept or project to attract grant funding;
- Researching potential public and private grant sources; and
- Developing a strong case for support that results in successful proposals.
The course will introduce participants to a series of tools and frameworks to support project development and improve how organizations seek grant support. The following are a few tools participants will be introduced to during the course:
- Logic models and other planning tools for project development;
- Prospect research data base;
- Proposal development framework; and
- Grants management systems.
Participants will have the opportunity to develop a funding proposal during the course and receive feedback to improve its appeal to funders.
About the instructor
Chris Shrum, PhD, MPA is Professor and coordinator of Pratt Institute’s graduate program in Creative Enterprise Leadership for Arts and Cultural Management, as well as an independent consultant working in community economic development, workforce development, the arts, tourism, and organization change. For more than 20 years Dr. Shrum has assisted over 200 nonprofit organizations, Tribal governments, community groups, municipalities, and private business realize a strong economic, social and cultural future by fostering civic engagement, leading program development, and advancing community-based initiatives. During that time, he has leveraged more than $250 million in philanthropic investment and public grants to help transform community. As a community economic development professional trained in creative enterprise leadership, Dr. Shrum has dedicated much of his career to cultivating vibrant economies by bridging culture, community and commerce. His expertise in organization development, philanthropy, board development, program evaluation, and financial management allows for a comprehensive systems approach to capacity building. Dr. Shrum has worked to build organization and community capacity through direct technical assistance; education and training; workforce development; fund development; civic engagement, and strategic planning.
- Due to Covid, this course is being held online with live instruction. Students must have access to a reliable computer and internet connection for the duration of the course. A Zoom account is not necessary.
- Zoom invite will be emailed to students at least 3 hours before the first class begins. Invite may come from instructor or ACE MV. The same Zoom link should be valid for every subsequent class.
- If minimum enrollment is not met, courses may be postponed to a later date or cancelled. Students will be notified of postponement or cancellation as early as possible.
- By submitting payment for our courses, you agree to ACE MV's TERMS OF REGISTRATION.