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Spark The Fire Grantwriting Classes

Spark The Fire Grantwriting Classes

Spark the Fire Grantwriting Classes provides a variety of grantwriting trainings as well as the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Grantwriting. Private group trainings – suited to your organization’s interests and needs – are also available.

PO Box 2124
Vashon, WA 98070-2124

Contact

Allison Shirk
Direct line: (206) 734-6521

Expertise

Educational Programs & Resource Centers

  • Seminars/workshops/trainings

Fundraising & Development

  • Grant writing

About Spark The Fire Grantwriting Classes

ABOUT SPARK THE FIRE GRANTWRITING CLASSES

Spark the Fire Grantwriting Classes provides online courses in grantwriting and freelancing. These courses are fully interactive with weekly zoom group cohort meetings to discuss topics and network with peers. The curriculum is a combination of video, text, quizzes, assignments, and chat discussions. The format is a combination of learning and mentorship as you work closely with the instructor through the class and join a networking community to connect once the course is completed.

CERTIFICATE IN GRANTWRITING:
This comprehensive grantwriting course walks you through prospect research, organizational readiness, grant strategy, budget development, writing the proposal, building relationships with grantmakers, grants management, reporting, and ethics. This course is perfect for both beginners and intermediate/advanced writers who seek to brush up their skills. Each student writes a complete grant proposal during the course with the assistance of the instructor and receives individualized attention for their writing skills and grant strategy. The course is offered in two formats – with a group in an eight-week format, or at your own pace.

THE BUSINESS OF FREELANCE GRANTWRITING:
For advanced writers, learn to start a freelance grantwriting business. Create a business plan based on your strengths and challenges. Learn the most effective marketing tools and strategies to stay organized. Review contracts, accounting systems, and how to grow your business. Strategize best practices for effective client relationships. Discover communications systems and project management techniques. Discuss when to raise rates, whether you should volunteer and how to handle sticky situations. The course is offered in two formats – with a group in a three-week format, or at your own pace.

CUSTOMIZED TRAINING/ WEBINARS/ SPEAKING:
Spark the Fire Grantwriting Classes is available to teach a customized class to your work group. Learn prospect research, grantwriting, program development, budget development, strategic planning, evaluation, and/or continuous quality improvement planning. Classes take place in the location of your choice, statewide and nationally. Allison is available to speak at your conference, teach break-out sessions, and host webinars for your association on grant writing topics.

ABOUT ALLISON SHIRK
Allison Shirk is the Executive Director and Founder of Spark the Fire Grantwriting Classes, an organization providing quality grantwriting to more than 1,500 nonprofits and institutions since 2013. Shirk has more than twenty years’ experience in grantwriting and nonprofit management and has helped nonprofits raise millions of dollars through grantwriting. She is member of the Grant Professionals Association and the Montana Nonprofit Association, and is a Columnist for the Foundation Center’s blog, The Sustainable Nonprofit.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
Grant Professionals Association
Montana Nonprofit Association
Nonprofit Association of Oregon
Puget Sound Grantwriters Association
Washington Nonprofit Association

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Cultural Experience

  • Asian/Pacific Islander

Fee Structure

  • Hourly rate
  • Other: Registration fee for classes

Professional Affiliations / Licenses

  • Puget Sound Grantwriters Association
  • Washington Nonprofits

County Availability

  • Chelan
  • Cowlitz
  • Grays Harbor
  • King
  • Kitsap
  • Pierce
  • Snohomish
  • Spokane
  • Thurston
  • Walla Walla
  • Whatcom
  • Yakima

County Experience

  • Chelan
  • Cowlitz
  • Grays Harbor
  • King
  • Kitsap
  • Pierce
  • Snohomish
  • Spokane
  • Thurston
  • Walla Walla
  • Whatcom
  • Yakima

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