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Strength Based Grant Writing

September 27, 2017 @ 10:00 am - September 29, 2017 @ 12:30 pm

WVNPA Members Save $50!


Strength-Based Grant Writing is intended to help build new capacity for nonprofit organizations. This hands-on, intensive training will help aspiring and experienced grant writers to approach grant writing from a strength-based perspective. At the end of this training, participants will not only understand all the components of a grant application, but will also have a new way of looking appreciatively at what works in their organization and community.

The workshop will help participants:

  • Experience and understand strength-based approaches to enhance program planning.
  • Incorporate strength-based strategies into common sections of a grant proposal.
  • Use a Program Planning Framework to develop grant proposals that tell a compelling story.
  • Understand how to find grant opportunities and work with funders.

Almost 500 people have attended this workshop since its inception. One participant recently wrote:

I had the absolute pleasure of participating in your Strength-Based Grant Writing Workshop this past October. I cannot express to you how extraordinary and worthwhile I found the entire process. So far, my organization has been approved for two of the grants that I have written – there is no doubt in my mind this would not have been feasible without the tools and knowledge I gained through your workshop.

Come and join the growing network of nonprofit professionals approaching grant writing from this energizing perspective. Registration is limited to the first 50 people.

Training Times
September 27, 2017: 10:00 am-5:00pm
September 28, 2017: 9:15 am-5:00pm
September 29, 2017: 9:15 am-12:30pm

Registration is $250 per person. This fee covers all materials, lunch on Wednesday and Thursday and breaks each day. Member organizations of the West Virginia Non-Profit Association are eligible to send two (2) people at a discounted rate of $200. Please make checks payable to Volunteer West Virginia. We would be happy to send an invoice if that is more convenient for you or your organization. We are unable to accept credit card payments.

Trinity Lutheran Church
1600 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, West Virginia

Please contact Moya Doneghy at 304-558-0111 or

Alice Ruhnke, Founder and Owner of The Grant Advantage
Alice Ruhnke is the founder and owner of The Grant Advantage, progressive, innovative consulting business devoted to helping nonprofit organizations unleash their strengths to embrace tomorrow’s opportunities. Located in Charleston, West Virginia, The Grant Advantage’s services include grant writing; funding searches; qualitative evaluation; capacity building assistance; and learning opportunities through trainings, workshops, webinars, and manuals.
Alice has raised over $27 million writing federal, state, foundation, and corporate grants and has managed the sub-granting and monitoring of federal capacity-building funds to nonprofit organizations throughout West Virginia. If Alice is not at her computer writing, she can usually be found facilitating trainings for individuals and organizations. Alice is also the author of Mapping the Course: A Practical Approach to Grant Writing, a practical, step-by-step manual that walks through an entire grant proposal from start to finish.

Trish Hatfield, Consultant/Facilitator
Trish Hatfield helps people heighten performance, nurture discoveries, improve communication, encourage shared leadership, shepherd change, and strengthen the capacity for critical thinking. She’s been at this for 30+ years, primarily as a trainer or facilitator in nonprofit organizations using strategies learned from Appreciative Inquiry, Skilled Facilitator, Facilitator U and the University of Wisconsin, Non-Violent Communication, not to mention the abundant wisdom of colleagues and clients. She has a MA in Humanities and works part time as program assistant for Marshall University Graduate Humanities Program. She’s also a reasonable contra dancer.



September 27, 2017 @ 10:00 am
September 29, 2017 @ 12:30 pm
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West Virginia Nonprofit Association


Trinity Lutheran Church
600 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25311 United States
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