Grant Writing Series

A four-session series to build capacity for a sustainable grant proposal program within your nonprofit.

Grant Writing Series

When it comes to grant writing, you may be a good writer, or even a great writer, but everyone can improve their skills at any time in their career. 

2024 Schedule: February 28 – March 20.

Four half-day sessions, 9am – 12pm PT. Via Zoom.


The series conducted on Zoom consists of lectures, scenario-based learning, and group discussions that reinforce the material, involves peer review and includes writing exercises.


The series will support participants learning more about:

  • Key components of a grant proposal.
  • Approaches to funder research.
  • Crafting a boilerplate grant for one of the organization’s programs.
  • Terminology in the grant seeking field.
  • Eligibility criteria to apply for grant programs.
  • Program budget development.
CVNL is pleased to offer partial scholarships to Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and under-represented individuals who are nonprofit staff or volunteers serving in Marin, Napa, Sonoma, and Solano Counties.

These scholarships are made available by generous grants from the Peter A., and Vernice H. Gasser Foundation, the Community Foundation of Sonoma County, the Solano Community Foundation, Marin Community Foundation, and U.S. Bank. For more information on scholarships, please contact us at

View the Info Session for the Grant Writing Series

Program Details


Grantwriting – Organizational Description

This session provides a solid foundation to deepen understanding of describing your organization and its strengths to grantors. The focus of this course is to know how to highlight the best qualities to the funders, so your organization shines among the many applicants. Session will cover: 

  • Describe the history of your organization
  • Highlight the strengths of your organization’s effectiveness, practices, and board
  • Describe the outstanding qualities of your program 
  • Learn to write a compelling need statement 

Grantwriting – Program Description

Without a strong program description, your grant proposal cannot highlight your capabilities. This course will dive deeper into specific structures and processes of your program. Session will cover: 

  • Craft an easily understandable program description  
  • Write clear and strong goals and objectives 
  • Apply the basics of program evaluation to demonstrate your ability to produce outcomes 


A key element in grant-seeking is presenting a strong budget.  This session explains the different types of budgets used by a non-profit organization. We will do an exercise to create the basics of a program budget. Session will cover: 

  • Learn the nonprofit budgeting terms 
  • The budget line items are used to explain the rationale for grant funding
  • Understand how foundations and corporations evaluate budgets to determine grant giving 


Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders that align with your organization’s needs. This session will take you through the process of creating a grant calendar and discussion on building relationships with funders. The training includes: 

  • Who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations 
  • What do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding 
  • ​​​​​​​How do you identify potential funders and make the first approach 

Cancellation policy: If plans change and you are no longer able to attend, we will transfer your enrollment and payment to the next program cycle. Funds must be applied and used within a 6 (six) month period. We do not offer refunds. 

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If you have any questions about CVNL Learning and Leadership opportunities, contact:

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