June 2016 - Grantsmanship Training Program - Los Angeles

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"The standards are set high by The Grantsmanship Center. Nonprofits that participate in Project Grantsmanship are more likely to secure funding because it’s easier for us to fund great proposals for well-planned programs."

Wendy Garen, President & CEO
Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

PROJECT GRANTSMANSHIP trains nonprofit leaders to plan more effective programs, produce logical and compelling grant proposals, and collaborate more effectively with colleague organizations.


PROJECT GRANTSMANSHIP began in 2007 as a partnership of the Annenberg Foundation, California Community Foundation, and The Grantsmanship Center to strengthen small to medium-sized, community-based organizations in Los Angeles County. PROJECT GRANTSMANSHIP is also generously supported by the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and the S. Mark Taper Foundation.


HOW DOES PROJECT GRANTSMANSHIP WORK? The partner foundations underwrite up to 90 percent of the tuition for eligible nonprofit board members and paid staff to attend The Grantsmanship Center’s 5-day Grantsmanship Training Program. This training program uses the Center's Listen & Discuss, Do & Review®  curriculum so that students gain essential knowledge and skills in all aspects of program planning, proposal writing, finding appropriate funders, and working with funders as partners.


The last day of each PROJECT GRANTSMANSHIP training includes a Meet-the-Grantmakers event so that participants are able to speak directly with foundation staff. Graduates of PROJECT GRANTSMANSHIP receive 12 months of Full Membership in the Center's Membership Program at no additional cost. Full membership includes a range of benefits, including access to the GrantDomain funder databases.


ARE THERE OTHER REQUIREMENTS? Because of the comprehensive nature of this training and the team approach to certain segments, participants are required to attend all scheduled sessions for all five days. Additionally, within five months of completing the training, each participant is required to submit a draft proposal to The Grantsmanship Center for review—a great opportunity to put into practice what is learned in class. (Participants receive guidelines during the training.) 


WHAT IS THE COST? Qualifying organizations pay either $200 per person (for organizations with budgets less than $750,000); or $300 per person (for organizations with budgets between $750,000 and $10 million.) Half of the tuition paid is rebated when participants complete 1) the proposal review component and 2) an online survey, about 6 months after the training. The standard cost of this training is $995 per person.


"We’ve seen the benefit of this project in the proposals submitted to us—the quality is better—and we attribute much of this improvement to participation in Project Grantsmanship."
Wendy Garen, President & CEO
Ralph M. Parsons Foundation


WHO MAY ATTEND? Board members or paid staff of organizations based in Los Angeles County with IRS 501(c)(3)  public charity status and annual budgets at or below $10 million are eligible. Only two registrants per organization may enroll over the lifetime of the program. (Sorry, volunteers and independent consultants are not eligible.)


February 1-5
June 6-10
October 24-28 (tentative) 
December 12-16 (tentative) 

The Grantsmanship Center
350 S. Bixel Street, Suite 110
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Monday & Tuesday 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM (Participants may choose to work until 8:00 PM)
Thursday 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Friday 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM


Complete the 
PROJECT GRANTSMANSHIP Registration Form, making sure to include required documentation and payment for tuition. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. For questions, please call Amy Van Mechelen, PROJECT GRANTSMANSHIP Coordinator at (213) 482-9860 ext. 248 or email Applications@tgci.com.


Please Note: Class size is limited to 25 participants per training program. Enrollment is on a first come, first serve basis. To withdraw and receive a refund, you must notify The Grantsmanship Center at least three weeks prior to the training program. In special circumstances, you may designate another eligible person to attend in your place prior to the start of training. Transfers from one training to another training at a later date are allowed no more than two times and require at least three weeks notice each time.

"We’re happy to continue support for Project Grantsmanship because we believe that it brings solid value to the nonprofit sector."

Wendy Garen, President & CEO
Ralph M. Parsons Foundation


Click here for Registration Form