Prairie Central District recently had a Grant Writing Workshop presentation with Shelley Thoen-Chaykoski. Check out the excerpts taken from the presentation in this Grant Writing 101 illustration.
What are Grant Writing Workshops?
The Grant Writing Workshop (GWW) & the Indigenous Community Sport Development Grant Program – Grant Writing Workshop (ICSDGP – GWW) targets member Sport, Culture and Recreation service providers. The intent of the program is to facilitate the development of beneficial sport, culture and recreation program or project plans. The participant learns how to communicate these beneficial plans to the funder in the grant application process. The GWW can be done in both a 1 day and 2 day format. The ICSDGP – GWW is a 1 day format.
Both the Grant Writing Workshop and the Indigenous Community Sport Development Grant Program Grant Writing workshops are offered in the winter and spring by request. Member communities are asked to fill out the Expression of Interest to Host application. The district will try to accommodate each request within the time frames of the Expression of Interest to Host Application.
- An understanding of the proposal writing process.
- An understanding of the development of a program plan.
- An understanding of how the program planning process relates to the proposal writing process.
- The awareness necessary to justify the need for the funding.
- The knowledge and skill needed to develop a proposed balanced budget.
- An understanding of why it is necessary to plan the evaluation into your funding application.
- An understanding of how to plan for the follow-up reporting once the event is finished.
YELLOW QUILL FIRST NATION GRANT WRITING WORKSHOP
Yellow Quill First Nation Urban Services Office – Saskatoon
Community Consultant – Crystal Longman
It was a success! Sherry Perillat, the Post-Secondary Coordinator, requested the workshop and recruited ten participants from the Urban Services Office. Her office also generously provided the boardroom, lunch, and spooky Halloween treats.
Bonnie Wohlberg facilitated the session and began the workshop with a 10-minute meditation to help centre us and bring us to the present moment. Interestingly enough, Mental Health services turned out to be one of the priority areas identified as a community need. Other key areas included Youth Development, Pre-employment, Life Skills/Coaching, Emergency Services, Remote Learning Supports, and Food Security (fruit forests and gardens).
Bonnie worked with everyone in the group to state their needs and develop several outcomes that they could use as the foundation to use to apply for any grant. This was followed by workplans, timelines, budgets, follow up reports, etc providing examples and tips for each.
The evaluations were positive with participants listing what they learned from the session.
In the wrap up and the evaluation, several people requested a second session where they could get hands-on experience applying for a grant.