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.


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.



Week 1: 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.


Week 2: BC Arts Council Funding

  • Explore the funding available through the BC Arts Council, eligibility requirements, and their current strategic priorities.


Week 3: 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.


Week 4: Gaming Grants

  • 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.


Week 5: 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.


Week 6: Canadian Heritage Grants

  • 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.


Week 7: 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

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  • 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