Grantwriting Essentials


This workshop will explore how to find and apply for funding opportunities, ensuring fit with your program, and crafting a strong proposal.  Participants will discuss and examine the common types of grants, with a focus on private foundation funding.  A thorough review of how to align the right foundation with the right program will help participants set themselves up for success and put their efforts toward the grants that are most likely to be funded.  This session will explore the components of a standard grant application and provide insights on making your proposal stand out from the crowd.

Master Key Concepts

  • Creating a donor-centered proposal that speaks to what is important to the funder
  • Finding a funder that fits
  • How to design your “pitch” in the most fundable way


Jenny Bigelow
Jenny Bigelow Development Services

Jenny Bigelow, CFRE, has 21 years’ experience as a development professional. Jenny has been consulting for a variety of nonprofit organizations since 2006 and has raised over $365 million. Clients range from having budgets of less than $1 million to over $60 million and include nonprofit organizations in the following arenas: education, arts, health care, social service, legal services, prison re-entry, and affordable housing.  Jenny is an exceptional development manager and strategist, as well as a very strong writer. Private and federal grant writing make up a significant portion of her consulting efforts, and she also supports organizations as a development coach, annual plan and direct mail specialist, and strategy partner.  Jenny is an adjunct faculty member at the University of New Orleans, where she teaches a graduate level class in grantwriting. She is a graduate of Tulane University and a member of the board of the New Orleans Association of Fundraising Professionals.