Federal Grantwriting Workshop – Hands-on learning in two sessions
Friday, March 15, 2013 - 9:00am to Friday, March 15, 2013 - 4:00pm


Shrinking budgets and political gridlock have made getting federal government grants even more competitive. 

At the same time, the grantmaking process itself is constantly changing, making it necessary to keep current on new processes and procedures.

That’s why PSU’s Center for Public Service/Institute for Nonprofit Management is offering public service professionals in government and non-profit organizations a specially designed program to help develop winning proposals. The program is designed and offered by Michael Wells, a leading grant-writing professional who’s already raised over $140 million in grants during his career and has taught grantwriting in PSU's Public Administration MPA program for over 10 years.

Registration information:


Workshop Information

2 all-day classes on Friday, March 15 (9 am to 4 pm) & Friday, April 12 (9 am to 4 pm) at Portland State University (room TBA)

During the intervening weeks, participants will be expected to craft part of an actual grant proposal and review sample grants; they will also receive direct feedback and advice on their grant work from other participants and the instructor.

The program is designed so participants will gain the knowledge and develop skills for:

  • Understanding the federal funding process
  • Reading and understanding RFP's (Requests for Proposals)
  • Using and applying online
  • Deciding whether and how to pursue a grant opportunity
  • Writing for reviewers, and for points
  • Budgeting for federal grants
  • What makes a successful proposal
  • Using logic models
  • Building collaborations and using evaluators
  • Mock grant reviewing and practice writing exercises

Who should attend?

  • Local and state government managers and program staff
  • University and school district administrators
  • Nonprofit organization Executive Directors and fundraising staff
  • Experienced and beginning grantwriters

About the instructor

Michael Wells, MA, GPC, CFRE is owner of the grantwriting firm Grants Northwest (, and has been consulting since 1987 helping dozens of organizations to raise over $140 million. Michael has a Masters degree in Humanities and teaches Grantwriting at Portland State University. He is a former editor of the Grants and Foundation Review, a past board member of the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) and the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI), and author of the Grantwriting Beyond the Basics book series.

Workshop Fee

  • $450 per person for the two-day workshop