Understanding Grant Guidelines & Responding to Requests for Proposals

Understanding Grant Guidelines & Responding to Requests for Proposals

Careful review and response to grant guidelines are critical elements to winning a grant award. This course provides greater detail about the grant proposal submission process. It covers the basics such as: organizing grant documents, determining whether and how to respond to a grant request for proposal, reading and reviewing grant guidelines, forming organizational talking points, delegating grant writing tasks to a team and more. The course covers weighted review criteria popular with grant makers today and how to address exactly the points presented. Participants will walk away with a criteria checklist and process that can be applied to any guidelines or RFP process.


  • After completing this course, learners should be able to do the following:
  • Develop an organized approach to responding to funding opportunities;
  • Organizing grant writing projects and teams;
  • Setting up a grants management process;
  • Collecting supporting documentation;
  • Determining organizational competencies;
  • Estimating project costs and schedule.

Who Should Attend?

  • Grants managers who need a more efficient way of responding to funding opportunities.
  • Grant writers who need help organizing proposal responses.
  • Individuals who require an introduction to grants management.
  • Any individual who needs help estimating project resource costs and time.

This is a free, in-person workshop taking place at the Middletown Library Service Center. The presenter is Ira Revels.

Comments from evaluations from previous class:

"Ira Revels was a terrific, knowledgeable and focused presenter. Sorry that I cannot attend her full day session."

                  "Thank you for the list of funding resources and for your expertise! A wonderful presentation,"

"Also liked comments on how to convey passion for project in grantwriting"

                  "Excellent, excellent, so much to learn"

"Most useful aspects of the workshop: Learning how to organize the process and be ready when grant opportunities arise; practical worksheets and explanation of binder process; emphasis on building a relationship with funders before the application gets submitted"

Monday, May 21, 2018
9:30am - 1:00pm
Ira Revels
Middletown Library Service Center, 786 South Main St., Middletown
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If the public schools in the town where the workshop is to be held close due to weather, the workshop will be canceled. If the schools have a delay, the workshop will go on as scheduled.

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Continuing Education workshops and the professional development collection are funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Connecticut State Library.