Learn the art of building a successful grants program with a special grant-seeking workshop series!

The Arkansas Arts Council will host a three-part workshop on grant seeking from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 13, Jan. 20 and Jan. 27. The workshops are free.

Grants expert Brenda Mauldin will lead the two-hour, virtual workshops and help participants understand what organizations need to do to be competitive in pursuing foundation funding.

The workshops are designed for people who are new or relatively new to the grant-seeking world of foundation funding. The series will cover: How to create a system to manage the grant-seeking process; what the basic grant application components are; what funders are looking for in applications; how to identify potential funders; and how to effectively incorporate storytelling and mission statements into grant proposals.

To register for one or all of the workshops, email Janet.Perkins@Arkansas.gov.

The first workshop, “Getting Your Organization ‘Grant Ready,’” will be from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 13. During the first session, Mauldin will discuss specific tasks that will help participants develop a successful grant-seeking program for their organizations. Participants will review the overall, grant-seeking process, learn the importance of grants teams and understand the role organizations’ missions play in the grant-seeking process.

Topics include:

What the common documents required for grant applications are

How to select the most appropriate project for grants

Who to recruit for a grants team

How to build relationships in the grants community

How important following directions are

Addressing these topics before submitting a grant application helps ensure the applying organization is positioned to successfully pursue grant funding.

The second workshop, “The Common Elements of a Typical Grant Application,” will be from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 20. The workshop will provide participants with the basic knowledge of the components of grant applications as well as what funders are looking for. Participants will learn how to build a grant proposal around the needs of the people the organization serves and its mission statement.

Topics include:

Common grant applications components

How to build a grant budget

A review of two grant application samples

How to develop a letter of inquiry

The last workshop, “Where to Find Grant Funders,” will be from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 27. The workshop will introduce participants to the basics of foundation research and the role research plays in the overall grants program. Participants will learn how to read and understand the IRS Form 990 and how to determine whether a foundation is a good funding match.

Topics include:

Getting started with research

Reviewing popular search engines

Managing your prospect information

Building a grants calendar

Interpreting funders’ interests

Understanding what a good match looks like

Brenda Mauldin, president of Brenda Long Mauldin Grantwriting & Development Consulting, is an experienced grant writer and development professional who has worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations for more than 25 years.

Mauldin has firsthand experience in nonprofit management and administration, board development, strategic planning, fundraising and volunteer management. She has worked with a variety of organizations to raise funds for the arts, youth programs, a hospice program and a Christian residential youth home.

As a consultant, Mauldin works with nonprofit organizations to help bring people and resources together. She adheres to the Code of Ethical Standards established by the Association of Fundraising Professionals and supports the Donor Bill of Rights.

Mauldin graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and lives in Benton with her husband. To learn more about her background, visit www.blmfundraising.com.

The workshops are part of the GetSmART! Learning Series, which aims to offer professional development workshops to artists, arts supporters or advocates and staff at nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.arkansasarts.org, or contact Janet Perkins at 501-324-9775 or janet.perkins@arkansas.gov.

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