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The art of grant writing and management

February 2012

St. Ambrose University's Professional Development is pleased to partner with Drake University Center for Professional Studies to offer a comprehensive certificate program that brings a wide array of competencies supporting the art of grant writing and management. The 42 contact-hour program provides a focused and interactive learning experience.

The program will bring focus to:
  • Developing a sustainable grants strategy to be a creative, successful and competitive grant seeker
  • Finding and evaluating grant making organizations (government, corporation, foundations, etc.) who want to make an "investment" in your mission
  • Good project design-how the most successful grant proposals are designed to deliver measurable results that are sustainable
  • Telling the story through effective mission, goals, and objectives
  • The role of the budget-how effective budgeting adds value and creditability
  • The critical role of evaluation-making the case that the grant proposal will deliver sustainable results
  • What happens after receiving a grant? Developing a plan for effectively managing grant projects
  • Putting it all together and making a strong case-interpreting the Request for Proposal (RFP), writing persuasive narrative, organizing and formatting the application, engaging stakeholder support, effective presentation making, etc.
Who should join this program?
  • The person who is new to grant writing, but who is now charged with grant seeking, writing grant and/or management within the organization
  • The person who wants to develop grant writing skills and expand professional and personal opportunities
  • The person who currently is working with grants and seeks a comprehensive program of study
  • The experienced grant writer who wishes to take a fresh look at the art of grant writing and retool

What will I take away from this program?
  • Grant seeking, writing, and management competencies related to the areas of focus listed above
  • A certificate of completion with your name affixed stating that you have successfully completed the Certificate in Grant Writing and Management from the Drake University Center for Professional Studies. A record of this accomplishment will be kept at the offices of the Drake University Center for Professional Studies
  • A comprehensive set of learning notes that will serve as an ongoing resource
  • A set of completed assignments/exercises that will serve as a professional portfolio to demonstrate grant-related skills and competencies to current and potential clients and employers
Who will facilitate the sessions?

Lance Noe, Director of the Drake University Center for Professional Studies, will facilitate the program. Lance teaches grant writing for the Drake University Master of Public Administration program at the Des Moines, Ames, and Quad Cities locations. He also serves as the instructor for the grant writing curriculum taught as part of the nationally accredited Certified Public Management program. Lance has spoken at numerous regional conferences and professional meetings bringing a message of how to best develop a sustainable grant seeking and grant writing organization. Since 2006, he has worked as a consultant to several agencies of state and local government leading them through a comprehensive process of developing a sustainable grants strategy. Most recently he served as the grant writer for the State of Iowa's application for the Teacher Quality Partnership Grants Program-a major federal grant which was awarded in 2010 following a highly competitive review process.

When and where do classes meet?

The six-day, 42-contact hour program meets the following dates in 2011: April 26–27; May 3–4; May 10–11. Classes begin at 9 am and conclude at 5 pm each day. This format provides a concentrated focus with space in between weeks to allow time for reflection and to bring the learning back to your organization.

Classes will be held at the St. Ambrose satellite campus at 1950 E. 54th Street, Davenport. Click for directions 

  • $999 per participant and includes all handout materials and lunches.
  • Payment can be made with credit card or by check made out to the St. Ambrose University.

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