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Getting Funded: Writing Successful Grant Proposals
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When: May 19, 2015
Where: NASW-NYC Chapter office
50 Broadway
Suite 1001
New York, New York  10004
United States
Presenter: Jacqueline M. Ebanks, M.S.

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 NASW New York City Chapter is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0027 This workshop has been approved.


Getting Funded: Writing Successful Grant Proposals


NASW-NYC Chapter office, 50 Broadway 1001, New York, NY 10004.  

Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 6pm-9pm


Social workers are often employed in nonprofit settings where programs are frequently funded by government and philanthropic entities—third party funders. Unfortunately, many of these programs are underfunded and social workers have to seek additional funding to ensure that programs function optimally and can meet demand. Additionally, social service organizations often need to secure funding to support new and innovative programming. The primary vehicle to secure these funds is the grant application or grant proposal. When writing grant applications and/or grant proposals, social workers must be able to explain the rationale, necessity, and impact of the services for which they seek funding to external parties who often do not have an intimate understanding/knowledge of the social services sector.


This workshop will help social workers understand how to write an effective grant proposal in order to secure programmatic funding. Participants will learn about (1) NYC's philanthropic landscape, (2) researching and identifying potential funders, (3) the structure and elements of a grant proposal, (4) developing a program budget, and (5) cultivating, building and maintaining an effective philanthropic partnership.


Prior to the workshop, participants will be asked to complete a brief survey which will help the facilitator understand participants' goals, their experience with grant writing, thetypes of organizations/programs in which they work, and their roles in these organizations. Participants will be asked to identify one program/initiative for which they want to secure funding and will leave with an outline of that proposal and tools to track proposal submissions at the end of the workshop.


Jacqueline M. Ebanks, M.S., is the Policy Analysis and Public Management

Executive Director of the Women’s City Club of New York (WCC) where she will guide the 600+ member organization into its second century of activism to ensure that all New Yorkers attain economic security, enjoy equal opportunity, and live in safe and secure communities.


Prior to joining WCC, Ms. Ebanks was Vice President of Programs at the New York Women’s Foundation directing the Foundation’s grantmaking and public education activities during a 5-year period of aggressive growth and expansion. During Ms. Ebanks tenure, the Foundation’s grantmaking grew from $2.7 million to $5.5 million on her departure. Ms. Ebanks is the former Vice President for Community Investment at United Way of New York City (UWNYC) with responsibility for the organization’s funds distribution and program development and implementation processes. In this capacity, she oversaw the distribution of a $15.2 million grant budget. During her five-year tenure at UWNYC, she also managed the organization’s $2,000,000 Management Assistance Program that provided nonprofits with free, expert consulting services to help strengthen their management, financial, technological, and leadership capacity.

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