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Essential Skills for Grant-Writing Success:
Research, Writing and Assessment Tools to Get Your Grant Applications to Stand Out

Friday, April 24, 2020
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Hartford Times Building (HTB), Room TBD

The success of any nonprofit or government organization is contingent on its mission, vision, governance, ability to run quality programs and most importantly on its ability to raise funds. Organizations with the knowledge, skills and expertise to seek out and successfully win grants are more likely to thrive in this increasingly competitive funding environment.  This session will help you better understand how to identify grant opportunities and develop winning proposals.  Attendees will have the opportunity to practice grant-writing skills based on practical examples from their organizations or experiences.  

What will you learn?  

This session will provide vital information about how to approach grant writing in today’s competitive environment. You will gain an understanding of how to research and identify appropriate grant opportunities, develop strategies for approaching the grant writing process, and learn how to develop compelling responses to each component of the proposal. We’ll use real life examples to help you practice proposal writing for your organizations so that you’ll be better prepared to deliver compelling and winning proposals.

Alyssa Goduti
With Alyssa Goduti, UConn DPP adjunct professor and President & CEO of Ädelbrook



We will discuss the current state of fundraising and grant seeking.  Specifically we will:

  • Learn how to describe your organization and identify programs or activities ideal for support through grants.
  • Understand the grant seeking process and the types of funding available for different organizations.
  • Discuss ways to build and steward relationships with funders.
  • Develop tools for researching, identifying and determining which grants are appropriate for your organizations.
  • Review strategies for developing your grant writing process, from writing letters of inquiry to developing your team (program, fiscal, board members, etc.)


We will examine the specific components of grants, using your organizations as case studies to practice grant writing skills. We will learn how to:

  • Write strong descriptions of the problem and develop a persuasive case for support.
  • Define goals using the SMART approach (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Reasonable and Time-Limited).
  • Develop a program implementation plan to show how those goals will be achieved.
  • Build plans for evaluating and demonstrating program success.
  • Develop budgets and supporting documents that are clear, reasonable and compelling to funders.
  • Demonstrate sustainability and long-term impact.