Conservation Training

Finding a Needle in a Haystack: How to Successfully Research Grants

June 7, 2023

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Location: Webinar

Does it feel like researching to identify new grant funders for your organization is like looking for a needle in a haystack or a diamond in the rough? Are you worried that you are overlooking “the perfect” grant opportunity for your organization? Or missing new opportunities as they begin to accept applications?

If you answered yes, then you are ready to learn more about grants.

Researching potential grant funders is a critical step in the grant development process and having an effective grant writing process. Having a solid understanding of a potential grant funder’s funding history, current priorities, and application and funding process is critical to winning a grant.

Grant funder research involves so much more than contact information and deadlines. It includes understanding funding trends, priority interests, types of support provided, and geographic focus. It includes understanding the type of grantmaker if they allow or encourage contact prior to applying, and who is on their board or decision-making committee. Great grant research sets up your grantmaker relationship outreach to be successful.

Participating in “Finding a Needle in a Haystack: How to Successfully Research Grants” will help you identify strong funding matches, create a plan for the year ahead, and ultimately set you up for grant funding success.

In this live, interactive nonprofit webinar, we will discuss how to best use the most common paid databases utilized by US-based nonprofits for foundation research and integrate that research with free research tools in order to draft an initial grant strategy. We will use proven tools and strategies to successfully compile the multitude of information and documents collected during the research process in order to create a prioritized proactive grant-seeking strategy.

At CharityHowTo, we are all about 'grant writing made easy' and this is a critical step in being fully ready to learn about grants.

What You Will Learn from this Live Interactive Nonprofit Webinar:

  • How to utilize a variety of tools to conduct grant research
  • Understanding the pros and cons of the available paid databases.
  • Suggestions on a process for choosing a paid database.
  • Using paid databases to effectively research potential grant funders.
  • Using free research resources and options.
  • Exploring supplemental free research resources (beyond Google!).
  • Filling in the research blanks.
  • How to develop a strategy and manageable annual grant seeking plan
  • Demonstrating how to use proven tools to organize the mountains of electronic and hard copy records amassed during grant research.
  • Creating an annual calendar of grant outreach and applications from your research.
  • Setting the stage for grant funder relationship development: the next step after research and BEFORE submitting an application.

This Webinar is Perfect For You If…

  • Proactive grant research is not a part of your current grant-seeking process.
  • Your grant research is limited to what you can find on Google.
  • You are new to grant seeking and aren’t sure what information to focus on in all of the databases.
  • This webinar is targeted to US-based nonprofit organizations as the databases and tools highlighted in this webinar rely heavily on information provided by the US IRS 990 form.

You’ll Get These BONUS Materials:

  1. A tool for tracking your research results.
  2. A tool for managing your application deadlines.
  3. A tool for summarizing your opportunities to share and discuss with your colleagues.
  4. Research PRIORITIES template
  5. The Webinar Slides
  6. The Webinar Recording

** Please note, this webinar is intended for nonprofits researching US-based grantmakers. **

About Your Topic Expert:

Diane is specifically qualified to teach this webinar because:

  1. She is a Grant Professional Certified (GPC).
  2. She is an approved Trainer for the Grant Professionals Association.
  3. She began her career as a grantmaker.
  4. She has raised over $95.5 million for clients.
  5. She has trained over 69,206 professionals since 2006.

Diane H. Leonard, GPC, RST is a Grant Professional Certified (GPC), Approved Trainer of the Grant Professionals Association, and a Registered Scrum Trainer.

Diane began her career as a Program Officer for a state-wide grantmaking organization and she continues to serve as a reviewer for a variety of grantmaking organizations. Since 2006, when she formed DH Leonard Consulting, Diane and her team have secured more than $98 million dollars in competitive grant awards and Diane has personally trained more than 69,978 nonprofit professionals.

When not working with her team, Diane can be found in the 1000 Islands, out for a run, or drinking a strong cup of coffee.