Copy of WLA 10-08

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A to Z Granwriting for Non-Profit Organizations and Grantwriting Professionals presents a step-by step overview of the grantwriting process providing students with the skills and tools to implement a successful grantwriting campaign to submit ongoing proposals to government, foundation, and corporate funders.

Linda Vallejo engages students in meaningful discussions and welcomes students to ask questions and state needs as a part of the learning experience.  The seminar has been developed to assist a wide variety of non profit professionals include representatives from education, arts, health, environmental, health social service, and religious non-profit organizations, higher education institutions, government agencies, and individuals wishing to become consultants

The seminar is an excellent opportunity for the novice as well as for the intermediate and advanced grantwriting professional in focusing and honing their skills.  Seminars are open to all and have been designed for community leaders, nonprofit leadership and staff, environmentalists, health administrators, faith-based organizers, K-16 educators, and school administrators.  Organizations and agencies are encouraged to send teams of 2-3 representatives to establish a successful grantwriting team where everyone is on the same page.  Seminars and workshops can be provided in a variety of time schedules ranging in length from 3 hours to 2 days.

Students learn how to:

  • Implement a successful grantwriting campaign for long-term funding and stability
  • Find and organize “good match” potential foundation, corporate, and government funders to support program efforts
  • Establish a well-organized and productive grantwriting team and office
  • Develop positive ongoing communications with potential funding sources and collaborative partners, and supporters
  • Prepare for all funding opportunities and eliminate the stress and chaos of submitting proposals at the last minute
  • Understand a complete proposal package required by all funding sources including measurable objectives, evaluation, plan and budgets

Students receive an A to Z Grantwriting Manual with all lessons, targeted resources, tools and samples as well as a personalized list of good match potential funders to help them get started in the grantwriting process.

A to Z Granwriting Workshops for Individual Artists helps artists to prepare a full proposal package to submit for fellowships, residencies, and exhibitions.

Students learn how to:

  • Study complete individual artist proposal package including resume, bio, artist statement, work samples, and budget
  • Read and study one sample artist fellowship and residency application(s)
  • Work in-class to write a draft artist statement, OR bio, OR resume

Students receive a workshop manual with links to regional, state, national and international individual artist grants, fellowships, and residencies.

Seminars and Workshops Fees can be found at the top of the page under FEES



Working together with leadership and staff to find support

Linda Vallejo works with non-profit organizations to:

  • Organize targeted potential funders including application guidelines and documents, items, and materials required in a proposal package
  • Create a grantwriting plan with application deadlines to help the organization forecast opportunities and deadlines
  • Organize and update the organization’s full proposal package including need statement, measurable objectives, evaluation plan, and budgets
  • Develop positive communications and relationships with potential funders
  • Submit ongoing proposals to good match government, foundation and corporate funding sources.

Linda Vallejo also works with individual artists to locate and submit grants for individuals, fellowships and residencies

Consultation Fees can be found at the top of the page under FEES


How do I become a grantwriter?

For those of you wishing to become a grantwriting professional, here are a few suggestions on how to find your first client: Here are a few suggestions about locating and approaching an organization for a position as a paid part/full-time or contract grantwriter that may be helpful in your future efforts:



  1. Find out the organization’s schedule and attend a few special events to introduce yourself to leadership and express your willingness to write grants in an informal setting.
  2. Work on your knowledge of the grants available in your region for their specific type of organization and program.
  3. Collect a few letters of recommendation from community members and previous employers/educators to provide a character reference and to share your excellent communication, organizational and writing skills.
  4. Offer to volunteer to write one proposal and if the process is completed successfully (you work well with the organization, executive director, and staff) you can then discuss a position with the organization.

Will the A to Z Grantwriting Seminar certify me as a grantwriter?

Students who successfully complete the A to Z Grantwriting Seminar will receive a Certificate of Completion, but A to Z Grantwriting does not certify its students. No independent body is capable of certifying grant professionals. There is no legitimate certification process that can be compared to that followed for Certified Public Accountants or Certified Fundraising Executives. Organizations that claim to certify their students as grantwriters are incorrect.

Can the A to Z Grantwriting Seminar help for-profit businesses in finding grants and loans?

Many of my students are interested in learning how to write grants to support business efforts! All of the tools and resources presented in the A to Z Grantwriting Seminar can be used in implementing a for- profit business grantwriting campaigns. Also, students will be provided with a detailed outline of a complete business proposal package, proposal samples links, and research and writing tools.

Can an individual get a grant?

An individual can receive grants to assist with emergency and health needs and an individual artist can receive a fellowship or an artist in residence grant. Also an individual can affiliate with a like- minded organization or school, and use the organization’s non-profit status to submit proposals for grants. As an example, an individual who wants to develop a program to provide art classes for the elderly, would work with a non-profit organization that serves the elderly, write a grant in collaboration with the organization, and provide the class at the organization’s site for their elderly clients as well as at other centers in the region. The nonprofit organization will serve as the fiscal agent receiving the awarded grant funds. In some cases, the non-profit fiscal agent will request 10% of the awarded grant in exchange for keeping appropriate financial records and submitting final reports to the funding source.

Can a faith-based organization get a grant?

Yes, but support to faith-based organizations is limited. A faith-based organization may choose to create a separate, community-based non-profit organization not associated directly with the parent faith- based organization. This separate non-profit organization must maintain separate financial records and a separate board of directors to avoid a conflict of interest. Non faith-based organizations, serving the community at large, have access to a broader number and variety of funding sources.