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Spark The Fire Grantwriting

Spark The Fire Grantwriting

Spark the Fire Grantwriting provides educational workshops on grantwriting. Essential Grantwriting for beginners, Proposal Writing for intermediate-level nonprofit professionals, and Freelance Grantwriting are publicly offered, classroom-style workshops, while private group trainings – suited to your organization’s interests and needs – are also available.

PO Box 2124
Vashon, WA 98070-2124


Allison Shirk
Direct line: (206) 734-6521


Educational Programs & Resource Centers

  • Seminars/workshops/trainings

Fundraising & Development

  • Grant writing

About Spark The Fire Grantwriting

Spark the Fire Grantwriting provides educational workshops on grantwriting, strategic planning, and prospect research. Three classes are currently offered as traditional classroom-setting workshops, or you may request a customized class for your work group, based on your interests and needs.
Learn the core skills for writing grants, including learning where to find grants and understanding the application process. This class will walk you step-by-step through writing every section of the proposal. Learn how to submit applications and build long-term, meaningful relationships with grantmakers. This class is perfect for beginners and those who have some experience with grantwriting and want to brush up on their skills.
This class is a writing retreat for grant proposals. Spend the day writing, researching information, and sharing ideas. Critically evaluate grant guidelines and requests for proposals. Develop clear assumptions and reasoned-based outcomes necessary for success, including the project's long-term sustainability. Identify the appropriate balance between statistical data, evidence-based research, and anecdotal evidence to tell your organization's story. Develop evaluation tools and logic model framework for your program to better demonstrate results. Learn how grant makers use evaluation rubrics to score your proposal. This class is aimed at nonprofit professionals who have taken Part One – Essential Grantwriting, or who have intermediate/advanced grantwriting experience.
Learn how to get a business license and be prepared for financial reporting. Learn the most effective marketing tools and strategies to stay organized. Review contracts, accounting systems, and how to grow your business. Learn to how interview and manage clients. Finally, discuss communications systems and project management strategies. This class is aimed at advanced grantwriters. Other types of freelance writers who want to learn about grantwriting may also benefit from this class.
Spark the Fire Grantwriting 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 can range from 2-6 hours and take place in the location of your choice, statewide and nationally.

Background Info.

Subsector Experience

  • Arts and culture
  • Children, youth, and families
  • Disability issues
  • Education
  • Employment and training
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Immigrant and refugee
  • LGBT issues
  • Mental health/Substance abuse
  • Philanthropy
  • Senior services
  • Small grassroots organizations
  • Social services - general
  • Sports and recreation

Cultural Experience

  • Asian/Pacific Islander

Fee Structure

  • Hourly rate
  • Other: Registration fee for classes

Professional Affiliations / Licenses

  • Association of Fundraising Professionals

County Availability

  • Chelan
  • Cowlitz
  • King
  • Kitsap
  • Pierce
  • San Juan
  • Whatcom

County Experience

  • King
  • Kitsap
  • Pierce

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