Local Fundraising: A 6-session series to get you ready and able to apply for and receive grant funding

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 3:00pm - Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 4:30pm

Cost: Official Transition Initiative (sliding scale $30 - $60), A community resilience-building group or effort that is not an official Transition Initiative ($90 - $120), Partial scholarships are also available. We will be giving preference to official and forming Transition Initiatives, and to those groups that exhibit a readiness to fundraise. To be considered for this cohort please complete this application by September 16th.

A prosperous community for all

This webinar series will help to answer a beginner's questions about writing grants and seeking funds from local foundation sources. It will be a multi-week virtual workshop, meeting every other week, with a "hands on" component.  Attendees will be required to do homework in between sessions and we will set up a paired approach to "peer review" of your homework and final products. All of your individual homework assignments will build towards your final product which will be a grant proposal, ready for submission. We will be learning together and forming a TUS grant writing support team. A winning grant for one of us will be a win for all of us!!

General Format and Expectations

·       Every other week we will all meet via an on-line platform  

·       You will be paired up in order to do peer-reviews of your homework.

·       Every other week, when we meet on-line, there will be time for sharing and Q & A

·       You will be expected to do homework in between the calls. Some of the homework will include writing. 

·       You will be expected to attend all of the sessions. 

Session 1            Sept 21, 3pm PDT

TOPIC: Overview of fundraising

HOMEWORK: Develop your idea/project and write a 250-word abstract. In pairs, read each other’s abstracts and provide comments, ask clarifying questions.

Session 2            Oct 5, 3pm PDT              

TOPIC: Telling your story and reading your abstract

HOMEWORK: Change partners and read each other’s abstracts. Provide feedback. Hone your abstract.

Session 3            Oct 19, 3pm PDT

TOPIC:  Program development elements

HOMEWORK: Develop: Goal(s), Objectives, Program Description, Capacity, Timeline, Personnel, Evaluation

Session 4            Nov 2, 3pm PDT

TOPIC: Developing your budget / partners / indirects

HOMEWORK: Develop a budget based on your proposal elements. Budget worksheet supplied.

Session 5            Nov 16, 3pm PST

TOPIC:  Where’s the money?  Strategies for identifying funders.

HOMEWORK: Identify at least 2 local or regional foundations whose programmatic areas align with your topic. Read through their website carefully. Find out how they would like to be approached:  a call, a letter of intent, a full proposal?    

Session 6            Nov 30, 3pm PST


We’ll create a listserve for continued questions, comments, success stories, consultation, as well as another conference call if desired.


Barbara Sattler


Dr. Barbara Sattler is a Professor in Public Health at the University of San Francisco and a nursing leader in the area of environmental health, including issues related to climate change.   She has been an advisor to the EPA’s Office of Child Health Protection and the National Library of Medicine for informational needs of health professionals on environmental health. She helped to create the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, an international organization that is helping to integrate environmental health into nursing education, practice, research, and policy/advocacy. Barbara has been the principle on grants from the National Institute of Environmental Health Science, the USDA, HUD, and the US EPA. She has been the recipient of dozens of local, regional and national foundation grants. In her personal life, she and her husband own an organic farm/vineyard/winery where they host the weekly community Farmers’ Market.





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