Building Grant Capabilities

Would you rather DIY instead of outsourcing your grants office? The Grant Plant can set you up for success. Whether you need sequenced learning experiences, flexible mix-and-match sessions, or customized training topics, our experienced grant professionals love to share their knowledge.

Our skill-building services are often commissioned by private foundations, public grant-making agencies, state associations, and other partners interested in better resourcing nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and educational institutions. Our trainers can guide your organization, members, or constituency to better flex their grant-getting and grant-managing muscles.

With The Grant Plant as your coach you can expect:

Sequenced Immersive Learning – Our most popular option is recommended for immersive learning that helps organizations and Communities of Practice level-set understanding and advance skills. We provide multi-day workshops and grant learning series that includes presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on exercises focused on planning and writing strong grant proposals, coordinating and preparing common attachments, and using tools to improve grant writing quality and efficiency. Topics for our popular three-day workshop, Get the Grant, include:

  • The Landscape — Functions of proposals, types and component characteristics of proposals, understanding funders and grantor priorities
  • The Guidance — Confirming fit, flagging issues, reviewing required registrations and pre-submission actions, understanding review and scoring
  • The Set-Up — Creating a project team, rough budgeting and project planning, designing proposal work plans, creating document template
  • The Writing — Writing well, dealing with length limits and formatting, understanding the experience of reviewing
  • The Problem — Researching and explaining the need you are addressing, identifying barriers, teeing up a validated approach
  • The Solution — Planning the project, justifying your approach, developing work plans and timelines, creating supporting materials
  • The Results — Developing strong result measures, designing evaluation, developing supporting attachments
  • The People — Describing your agency background, communicating capability and capacity, gathering attachments
  • The Money — Creating budgets and budget justifications, including contractors and sub-awardees, tackling financial management
  • The Bookends — Creating project summaries and abstracts, responding to sustainability questions, addressing dissemination
  • The Plant — Ensuring everything is complete and compliant, submitting, properly documenting the project, using funder feedback
  • The Funder — Learn from a funders panel representing different types of grant-making entities, hear their perspectives and ask questions (This session is contingent on funders being willing to join — they usually are!)


Mix and Match Training Sessions – When you need flexibility and to “meet people where they’re at,” selecting from our developed single-session trainings is simple and cost-effective. Popular topics include: 


  • Searching for Gold: Prospecting for Grants
  • Screening Grants: Should We Apply for this Grant?
  • Hedging Your Bets: How to Prepare a Case Statement


  • Set up for Success: Planning and Managing Complex Proposals
  • Nailing your Needs Statement
  • Writing a Compelling Narrative
  • Building Trust Throughout Your Proposal
  • Top 10 Grant Survival Tips
  • Developing Logic Models
  • Writing a Grant with Delivery in Mind
  • Budgets and Budget Narratives
  • Attachments Funders Will Love


  • Understanding Grant Requirements
  • Financial Management and Reporting
  • Documentation and Recordkeeping
  • Internal Controls and Procedures
  • Program Implementation and Evaluation
  • Compliance with Federal Regulations


Tailored Content – When you’re keen on providing both general information along with specialized guidance that you know your audience needs, we can work together to make sure your training session meets all of your needs. These are typically half-day or full-day sessions that include funder- or sector-specific topics such as:

  • Setting proposals up for success
  • Defining community need
  • Describing your project
  • Crafting strong result targets
  • Creating budgets

“We always appreciate opportunities to work with and learn from The Grant Plant team, and always feel more confident in our capacity as a result of engaging with all of you!”
– Executive Director of a Nonprofit Organization