Learn about grants. Build capacity.

New to the grant application process? Looking to sharpen your grant writing skills? Want to build your capacity to manage grants? Welcome to GrantLab. Our Capacity Building Program emphasizes specific skills needed to secure and effectively administer federal resources.  

GrantLab facilitates networking opportunities and expert-designed resources and workshops to help organizations do their best work. 

Check out our events, explore our resources, and share tips for success with peers.

CAPACITY BUILDING EVENTS:

Please join us for any of the following events. Be sure to check back regularly to see what's new! Have questions? Contact our Director of Capacity Building, Dr. Alee Moore.

Upcoming Events

Thursday

February 16

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Nevada Partners

An Exploration of Evidence-Based Practices for Grant Writing

Grantmakers want to know that your interventions are known to lead to desired results and long-term outcomes. When writing a grant proposal, it’s a good idea to base your program interventions on evidence-based practices that have been proven, through research and evaluation, to be effective. Learn to locate and integrate evidence-based practices into your grant proposal.

 

Taught by expert: Mallory Waters of Hanover Research

Monday

February 27

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Virtual

Federal Grant Readiness

Applying for a federal grant can be frightening but this overview will prepare you for a seamless application process. Sort out the registrations, policies and procedures, internal controls, and regulatory requirements that your organization must have in place before applying.

 

Taught by experts: Suzanne Alewine and Catherine Hooper of Encore

Past Events

Wednesday

February 16

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Virtual

Quickbooks for Grant Reporting

Learn the top 5 tips for effectively tracking grants by leveraging some unique features of QuickBooks.

Taught by expert: Jessica Sayles of HRC

Thursday

February 24

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Virtual

Advocacy Public Policy for Nonprofits

Learn key strategies for impacting public policy decisions that can affect your organization and the communities you serve.

Taught by expert: April Mastroluca of Synergy Nonprofit Consulting

Monday

February 28

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Virtual

HR Management: Retaining Talent

The labor turnover rate for nonprofits far outpaces other sectors. Learn how to develop a Stay Interview program to retain top performing talent.

 

Taught by expert: Greg Wilken of Endunamo Consulting

Thursday

March 10

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Virtual

Building a Data Management Plan

Learn to build a comprehensive data management plan detailing data collection,  data quality (QA process), data storage, data policies/security, data dissemination, and more.

Taught by expert: Julie Assel of AGS

Tuesday

March 15

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Virtual

Preparing a Federal Grant Application Budget, 101

Part 1 of 2 (register for both!): An introduction to the basic principles of creating a budget for your grant proposal. Get a handle on the CFR regulations that describe direct/indirect costs and allowable/unallowable expenses. 

Taught by expert: Andy Schuricht of Valor CSR

Wednesday

March 23

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Virtual

Preparing a Federal Grant Application Budget, 201

Part 2 of 2 (Register for both courses) Learn how to create a detailed, line-item budget for your grant proposal, matching expenses with program activities and outcomes. Objectives: -Create a detailed, line-item budget for a standard grant proposal. -Learn to estimate the realistic costs of program activities.

Taught by expert: Andy Schuricht of Valor CSR

Monday

March 28

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Virtual

Demystifying Logic Models

Learn to use this at-a-glance tool to develop winning grant proposals and communicate the nature and scope of the project to your stakeholders.

Taught by expert: Julie Assel of AGS

Thursday

March 31

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Virtual

Census Data for Grant Writing

Are you looking for data for your grant application? Learn how to access demographic, socioeconomic and housing data from the Census Bureau that can be used for your grant proposal.

Taught by expert: Lia Bolden of U.S. Census Bureau

Monday

April 04

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Virtual

Federal Grants 101

Federal funding overview including information on how to research federal grant opportunities and evaluate if a specific grant is a good fit for your organization. Sort out the organizational documents, federal registrations, financial management, internal controls, and monitoring activities that need to be in place before applying.

Taught by expert: Julie Assel of AGS 

Wednesday

April 13

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Virtual

Keys to Forming a Comprehensive Evaluation Plan

An evaluation plan explains how the project will be evaluated and at what frequency. Learn how to link your evaluation plan to your data management plan to create an ongoing evaluation process. Assess the implications of using an external evaluator. 

Taught be expert: Michelle Dykes-Anderson of AGS

Thursday

April 21

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

The Center

Grant Closeout Preparedness

What are the accounting and grant related considerations at the end of the fiscal year and what can be done on the front-end to make the closeout process run smoothly? This workshop provides grantees with tools to plan for year-end and gives an understanding of what to expect before grantors and other external parties ask.

Taught by expert: Stephen Matthew of HRC

Monday

May 02

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

The Center

Single Audit Readiness

What is a single audit and who needs one? What things need to be considered and completed when preparing for a single audit? Includes a preview of the workpapers required for a single audit.

Taught by expert: Jackie Matthew of HRC

Tuesday

May 10

11:00 PM - 12:15 PM

Virtual

The Answer is No: Strategies to Improve a Proposal for Resubmission

Grant seeking is highly competitive and proposals are sometimes rejected but there are strategies to increase your chances for funding. Discover ways to move forward with your proposal if you receive a rejection letter.

Taught by expert: Tracey Diefenbach of AGS

Wednesday

May 18

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

The Public Education
Foundation

Cash Flow Management

Nearly all federal grants are reimbursement grants. How do you spend money you don’t yet have? Topics include budgeting, cash flow forecasting and options for making sure your nonprofit remains liquid.

Taught by expert: Andy Schuricht of Valor CSR

Wednesday

May 25

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Virtual

Constructing a Sound Implementation Plan

A strong work plan is the heart of a proposal. Learn how work plans can be used to enhance your project’s SMART goals and bring the logic model to life.

Taught by expert: Julie Alsup of AGS

Thursday

June 02

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Virtual

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA): Guidelines for Developing Responsive Programming

Effective nonprofits recognize the unique cultural elements of their target population and incorporate that knowledge into the goals, activities and deliverables outlined in their implementation plans. Strengthen your grant proposal by building IDEA initiatives into your implementation plan.

Taught by expert: Rebecca Fox Jascoviak of RBW

Saturday

June 04

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Historic Westside
School

THE BIG IDEA CHALLENGE: Lunch & Learn Event

Nevada GrantLab is pleased to host a Lunch & Learn event uniquely designed for semi- finalists of THE BIG IDEA CHALLENGE.  Join us for an interactive panel discussion with inspiring education entrepreneurs whose innovative ideas have transformed Nevada’s educational landscape.  Meet the experts, ask questions, and hear insights from others who’ve launched their education ideas.

Wednesday

June 15

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Virtual

Great Schools for Nevada Charter School Program Grant: Technical Assistance

One-on-One Consultations

June 15-22, 2022

 

Nevada GrantLab wants to build your capacity for writing a winning Charter School Program (CSP) grant. We’ve partnered with Opportunity 180° to offer customized, one-on-one technical assistance for CSP grant applicants. 

 

Teachnical Assistance provided by expert Marilyn Zlotnik of Metis Associates

Thursday

June 23

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

The Public Education
Foundation

Advanced Advocacy and Public Policy for Nonprofits

The 2022 Nevada Primary Election has ended, and the General Election is coming. How can your organization use this opportunity to move your mission forward? Learn the steps you can take to educate elected officials about the needs of the community you serve and create an advocacy plan for the upcoming legislative session.

Taught by expert: April Mastroluca of Synergy Nonprofit Consulting

Wednesday

July 06

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Virtual

Federal Grants 101

Federal funding overview including information on how to research federal grant opportunities and evaluate if a specific grant is a good fit for your organization. Sort out the organizational documents, federal registrations, financial management, internal controls, and monitoring activities that need to be in place before applying.

 

Taught by expert: Alex Rudolph of RBW

Tuesday

July 12

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Virtual

Building a Data Management Plan

Grant funded organizations are required to track their program activities. Learn to build a comprehensive data management plan detailing data collection, data organization, data quality (QA process), data storage, data policies/security, data dissemination, etc.

 

Taught by experts: Suzanne Alewine and Catherine Hooper of Encore Institute for Social Impact

Wednesday

July 20

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Virtual

Designing Programs for Sustainability

Strong nonprofits build sustainability into their program plans and can maintain outcomes beyond grant funding. Write a winning proposal that thoroughly explains how your organization can produce positive outcomes without perpetual cash investments.

 

Taught by expert: Rebecca Fox Jascoviak of RBW

Tuesday

August 02

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Nevada Partners

Preparing a Federal Grant Application Budget, 101

Part 1 of 2 (Register for Both) An introduction to the basic principles of creating a budget for your grant proposal. Get a handle on the CFR regulations that describe direct/indirect costs and allowable/unallowable expenses. This workshop accompanies "Preparing a Federal Grant Application Budget, 201".

 

Taught by expert: Andy Schuricht of Valor CSR

Thursday

August 04

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Nevada Partners

Preparing a Federal Grant Application Budget, 201

Part 2 of 2 (Register for Both) Learn how to create a detailed, line-item budget for your grant proposal, matching expenses with program activities and outcomes. This workshop accompanies "Preparing a Federal Grant Application Budget, 101".

 

Taught by expert: Andy Schuricht of Valor CSR

Tuesday

August 16

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Virtual

Demystifying Logic Models

Part 1 of 2 (Register for Both) Learn to use this at-a-glance tool to develop winning grant proposals and communicate the nature and scope of the project to your stakeholders. This workshop accompanies "Constructing a Sound Implementation (Work) Plan".

 

Taught by experts: Shelley Loethen and Suzanne Alewine of Encore

Thursday

August 18

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Virtual

Constructing a Sound Implementation (Work) Plan

Part 2 of 2 (Register for Both) A strong work plan is the heart of a proposal. It’s important to articulate a sound implementation plan capable of producing meaningful outcomes. This workshop accompanies "Demystifying Logic Models".

 

Taught by experts: Shelley Loethen and Suzanne Alewine of Encore

Monday

August 29

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Nevada Partners

QuickBooks Tips and Tricks for Grant Reporting

Many organizations use QuickBooks for their accounting needs. Learn the top five tips for grant tracking to get the most out of this valuable software.

 

Taught by expert: Jessica Sayles of HRC

Monday

September 12

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Virtual

Data Analysis: Turn Your Data into Meaningful Findings

Successful organizations analyze their program data in a way that tells a compelling story about their impact. Learn data management and analysis strategies to enhance your case for continued financial support.

 

Taught by experts: Shelley Loethen and Catherine Hooper of Encore

Wednesday

September 21

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Virtual

The Answer is No: Strategies to Improve a Proposal for Resubmission

Grant seeking is highly competitive, and proposals are sometimes rejected but there are strategies to increase your chances for funding. Discover ways to move forward with your proposal if you receive a rejection letter.

 

Taught by expert: Judy Riffle of RBW

Tuesday

September 27

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Virtual

Keys to Forming a Comprehensive Evaluation Plan

An evaluation plan explains how the project will be evaluated and at what frequency. Learn how to link your evaluation plan to your data management plan to create an ongoing evaluation process. Assess the implications of using an external evaluator.

 

Taught by experts: Suzanne Alewine and Catherine Hooper of Encore

Tuesday

October 04

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Virtual

Federal Grants 101

Federal funding overview including information on how to research federal grant opportunities and evaluate if a specific grant is a good fit for your organization. Sort out the organizational documents, federal registrations, financial management, internal controls, and monitoring activities that need to be in place before applying.

 

Taught by experts: Suzanne Alewine and Catherine Hooper of Encore

Wednesday

October 12

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

The Center

Cash Flow Management

Nearly all federal grants are reimbursement grants. How do you spend money you don’t yet have? Topics include budgeting, cash flow forecasting and options for making sure your nonprofit remains liquid.

 

Taught by expert: Andy Schuricht of Valor CSR

Thursday

October 27

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Betty's Village

Grant Closeout Preparedness

What are the accounting and grant related considerations at the end of the fiscal year and what can be done on the front-end to make the close-out process run smoothly? This workshop provides grantees with tools to plan for year-end and gives an understanding of what to expect before grantors and other external parties ask.

 

Taught by expert: Stephen Matthew of HRC

Wednesday

November 02

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Betty's Village

Single Audit Readiness

What is a single audit and who needs one? What things need to be considered and completed when preparing for a single audit? Includes a preview of the workpapers required for a single audit.

 

Taught by expert: Stephen Matthew of HRC

Tuesday

November 15

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Virtual

Census Data for Grant Writing

Are you looking for data for your grant application? Learn how to access demographic, socioeconomic and housing data from the Census Bureau that can be used for your grant proposal.

 

Taught by expert: Armando Mendoza of U.S. Census Bureau 

Wednesday

November 30

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Virtual

Designing Programs for Sustainability

Strong nonprofits build sustainability into their program plans and can maintain outcomes beyond grant funding. Write a winning proposal that thoroughly explains how your organization can produce positive outcomes without perpetual cash investments.

 

Taught by expert: Rebecca Fox Jascoviak of RBW

CAPACITY BUILDING RESOURCES

Explore our resource guides and other tools to access expert-designed support on pre-award planning, proposal development, successful post-award administration, and beyond.

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