In this seven-session virtual workshop, Grant Writing 101 will introduce you to the theory and practice of writing grants and communicating organizational impact in the non-profit sector. By the end of this virtual workshop, you will have learned how to focus your messages, practiced a number of common grant writing tasks, and developed a mini-grant revenue development plan. Throughout the virtual workshop, we will be joined by experts covering BC Arts Council, Canadian Heritage, and BC Gaming grants.


Dates: June 24, July 8, July 22, August 5, August 19, September 2 & September 16 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 


Cost: $250 for BCMA members, $300 for non-members


Presented by: BCMA Executive Director Ryan Hunt and Guests


Workshop Objectives: At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the fundamentals clearly and effectively communicating with a grant review committee
  2. Feel more confident in writing clear, compelling, successful grants
  3. Create a personalized mini-grant revenue plan with key dates, deliverables, and objectives.
  4. Receive feedback on past grant applications or writing samples.



Jun 24: Grant Writing and Storytelling

  • Explore how treating your grant applications like a story can make grant writing more enjoyable and make you more successful in receiving funding.


July 8: BC Arts Council Funding with Anissa Paulsen from the BC Arts Council

  • Explore the funding available through the BC Arts Council, eligibility requirements, and their current strategic priorities. Anissa Paulsen, BC Arts Council Program Officer for Museums & Indigenous Cultural Centres | Scholarship | Youth Engagement Program, will join this session to discuss available funding opportunities and to help answer your questions.


July 22: Creating Your Grant Narrative

  • Crafting a narrative for your grant application is critical because it helps you focus your message, stay on topic, and write something that resonates with review committees.


Aug 5: Canadian Heritage Grants with Shannon Bettles from the Department of Canadian Heritage

  • Canadian Heritage offers a number of grants that are extremely helpful for museums and heritage organizations. Learn more about the types of funding they offer and their current strategic priorities. Shannon Bettles, Senior Program Advisor, Western Region, Department of Canadian Heritage, will join this session to discuss available funding opportunities and to help answer your questions.


Aug 19: Writing an Effective Budget

  • Budgets are a critical component of the story you are trying to tell. This session will explore tips and strategies for creating sound budgets, even for those who don’t love math.


Sept 2 (special 2-hour session from 12-2pm): Gaming Grants with Mary Ann Anderson from Little Dog Creative Consulting

  • Gaming Grants can be intimidating and confusing, but this session will provide you with tips, strategies, and common misconceptions that will help your Gaming applications. Join experienced Gaming Grants consultant Mary Ann Anderson for this special 2-hour session!


Sep 16: Creating an Annual Grant Calendar

  • There is nothing more frustrating than finding the perfect grant, only to have missed the application date. Learn how making a grant calendar can help you find the right funding at the right time.



Participants are encouraged to obtain a copy of the following readings:

Cheryl A. Clarke, Storytelling for Grantseekers, 2nd Edition, 2009.


Grant Writing 101 - Theory and Practice

  • Thursday June 24 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Thursday July 08 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Thursday July 22 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Thursday Aug 05 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Thursday Aug 19 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Thursday Sep 02 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Thursday Sep 16 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM