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“Seeking Approval” – Successful Grant Proposal Writing Steps and Strategies

Grants from institutional sources – government agencies, foundations, service clubs, associations and the like – are a major revenue source for charities and non-profit groups striving to jumpstart new programs or strengthen existing services.  Yet the process of researching granting sources and developing compelling proposals can be a mysterious and frustrating quest for many charities. 

As challenging as it initially appears, writing and developing effective and results-oriented grant proposals is a skill area where staff and volunteers can achieve a significant level of proficiency.  Through this workshop participants will learn:

  • How to construct a compelling, concise case for support that will serve as the template for most institutional grant proposals;
  • How to communicate effectively with the “point people” from granting sources;
  • The differences between traditional granting sources including foundations, government agencies and corporate philanthropy programs;
  • About formulating realistic project and operating budgets that meet the needs of applicant organizations and satisfy the expectations of granting sources;
  • About the importance of setting realistic benchmarks and “indicators of success”.


BRIDGEWATER: Monday, August 14th, 2017, HB Studios Sports Centre, 543 Glen Allen, Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

DARTMOUTH: Tuesday, August 15th, 2017, Hearthstone Inn, 313 Prince Albert Road, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

SYDNEY: Thursday, August 17th, 2017, Travelodge Sydney, Route 480 Kings Road, Sydney, Nova Scotia, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

NEW GLASGOW: Friday, August 18th, 2017, Travelodge Suites New Glasgow, 700 Westville Road, New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

TARGET AUDIENCE:  Staff, board members and volunteers from small to large non-profit organizations.

PRESENTER:  Mike Paquet, Principal, People First Resource Development

During his 22-year career in fund development, Mike Paquet has helped several community-based and grassroots non-profit groups throughout Southern Ontario to implement long-term sustainable fundraising and resource development programs.  Driven by the concept that “people give to people”, Mike has enabled several organizations to discover the enormous potential of major gift fundraising.  Currently, Mike is the Principal of People First Resource Development and remains steadfastly committed to guiding non-profit groups towards long-term viability by emphasizing the importance of cultivating strong relations with individual and institutional donors in the community.

REGISTRATION FEE: Cost includes lunch, coffee, tea, refreshments and workshop resources.  Payment may be made by credit card, cash or cheque. Please make cheques payable to “People First Resource Development”.

  • $130.00 for One (1) Registration
  • $250.00 for Two (2) Registrations
  • $375.00 for Three (3) Registrations

    For groups of four (4) or more registrations, please contact us for discount information.

    TO REGISTER: Call to reserve your space at (905) 318-6130.  You may also reserve your space by sending an email to the attention of Mike Paquet at .

    Please note that space is limited.  To secure your reservation, it is recommended that you rsvp with your credit card information by contacting the above-listed telephone number. Invoices would be issued and emailed to you immediately.