Beginning Grant Writing Workshop

power up your pantry logoThe Power Up Your Pantry Beginning Grant Writing Workshop took place via Zoom during March – July, 2020. The goal was to help those with little to no grant writing experience gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed to apply for small grants. The workshop emphasized learning-by-doing and included presentations, small group discussion, featured speakers, and assignments. Workshop materials are posted below.

Workshop Agenda and Materials

Wednesday, May 20: Introduction to Grant Writing (Slides)

Wednesday, June 3: Successful Grant Applications + Making Your Case with Data (Slides)

Wednesday, June 17: Budgets and Budget Narratives (Slides)

  • Assignment #4: Budgets and Budget Narratives (PDF and Word Doc, Due Monday, June 29 by Noon)
  • Additional resources:
    • Missouri Common Grant Application User Guide (PDF)
    • Missouri Common Grant Application Budget Template (Excel)
    • Introduction to Project Budgets (Video, Handout, and Worksheet from Candid)
    • Budget Narrative Sample (PDF)
  • Short Poll (Results)

Wednesday, June 24 Office Hours: Searching for Grants Office Hours with Suzanne Hansford Bowles (Searching for Grants Tip Sheet)

Wednesday, July 1: Project and Evaluation Plans (Slides)

  • Additional Resources
    • Getting Grants and Financial Resources (Community Tool Box, KU)
    • Grant Writing Project Plan Definitions and Template (Imagine!, Colorado)

Wednesday, July 8 Office Hours: Introduction to Capital Campaigns Q&A with Diane Hagni, Phelps County Faith Distribution (Phases of a Capital Campaign)

  • 12:00-12:30pm: Competitive Award Q&A
  • 12:30-1:00pm: Capital Campaign Q&A with Diane Hagni

Wednesday, July 15: Final Grant Writing Discussion (Slides)

For more information, please contact Bill McKelvey at

Funding for this project is provided in part by the Missouri Foundation for Health. The Missouri Foundation for Health is a philanthropic organization whose vision is to improve the health of the people in the communities it serves.