Grant Writing Workshop

This four-session, open enrollment virtual program is delivered in partnership with the Prentice Institute.

Effective grant-writing is an increasingly important skill in the municipal, not-for-profit, and even corporate world. For small organizations and communities, however, grant writing can present a real challenge in terms of time, completion, budgeting and submission.

Join Dr. Lars Hallström, the recipient of over 100 research, knowledge mobilization, infrastructure and collaborative grants, for this activity-based, online workshop for people with varied experiences in the grant-writing process.

Learning Outcomes

Over a period of four, 90 minute live virtual and interactive sessions, this workshop will cover:

  • Assessing and writing a needs statement
  • Identifying and working through a theory of change
  • Assessing and articulating organizational capacity and readiness
  • Designing grants-based projects
  • Creating and using logic models
  • Budgets: costs and revenues
  • Project and program evaluation
  • Practical considerations and checklists for grant writing
  • Plus opportunities for questions and feedback from the workshop facilitator.

Participants are encouraged to bring a grant (either in process, or from a previous project) or granting opportunity to work on, with the goal of providing concrete ideas, skills and content for those same grants.

Technology Requirements

For this workshop, you will need access to a computer or mobile device with webcam and microphone capabilities. If you are using a desktop or laptop computer, an updated Google Chrome browser with browser settings allowing access to microphone, webcam, and pop-ups/notifications are also required.If 3rd-party VPN, Firewall, and Anti-Virus software is used, ensure the settings allow access to downloading desktop applications, webcams and microphones.

This workshop will be delivered in four 90 minute live virtual sessions.

Session 1:  Introduction

90 minutes

Introduction to the Basics of Grant-writing

  • Program design, organizational assessment and understanding change logics

Session 2:  Grant-writing by Design

90 minutes

  • Grant planning, writing as a learned skill and designing for change

Session 3: Project Finance and Funding

90 minutes

  • Budgets, revenues, costs and evaluation

Session 4:  From design to submission

90 minutes

  • Outputs, impacts and outcomes: from change logic to implementation and success

This activity-based workshop is designed for community members, not-for-profit organizations, and municipal workers with varied experiences in the grant writing process.

Lars K. Hallström, Ph.D
Lars K. Hallstrom became the Director of the Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy at the University of Lethbridge in January 2020. A political scientist by training, he was the Director of the Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities at the University of Alberta from 2009 to December 2020, and before that he was a Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Governance at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. His research interests and publications are diverse, ranging from environmental policy to rural economic development to public health to public engagement in science. Since 2009 he has been awarded over 70 research and knowledge mobilization grants, and has been teaching grant-writing workshops since 2012, with a particular emphasis upon rural and community capacity building, grant-writing as a design process, and linking funding initiatives to organizational development and planning. He is the author or editor of several books and dozens of peer-reviewed publications, and is currently focused on issues of population growth and consumption, watershed-based health and well-being, and challenges in the governance of rural and small communities in Western Canada.