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The Foundation Center

The Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. Grantsmakers and their grants. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance philanthropy at every level.

Their NEW LOCATION is in the Financial District: 32 Old Slip, 24th Floor New York, NY 10005 212-620-4230

The Foundation Center has scheduled the following FREE training opportunities:

Introduction to Finding Grants

This newly revised class will teach  attendees how the Center’s resources can help make them more effective grantseekers. For beginners, this introduction to the library provides instruction in foundation research and identification of potential funders. A tour of the library will follow. 

September 10         Thursday              1:00-2:00pm
September 22         Tuesday                1:00-2:00pm
October 6               Tuesday                2:00-3:00pm

Grantseeking Basics for Individuals in the Arts
If you are an individual involved in the arts and looking for funding to complete a project, mount an exhibition, put on a performance, conduct research, or anything else arts-related, Grantseeking Basics for Individuals in the Arts will show you how to:
*Identify funders in the arts. 
*Explore the option of fiscal sponsorship. 
*Create a step-by-step plan to find funding for your  needs as an individual grantseeker. 

October 13               Tuesday             2:00-3:00pm

Introduction to Proposal Writing
This newly revised class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation.  It will include:
    The basic elements of a proposal
    The “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal
    How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no

September 10      Thursday                 3:30-5:00pm
October 21          Tuesday                  1:00-2:00pm
October 27          Tuesday                 12:30-2:00pm

Proposal Writing In Spanish - Principios de la Redacion de Propuestas

Introduction to Proposal Budgets
Learn to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal.
This session, geared to the novice grantseeker, will cover such topics as:

What is included under the "personnel" section and how to calculate it? 
What level of detail do you need to include for non-personnel expenses? 
How do you determine reasonable costs? 
What types of expenses are considered "overhead"? 
What other financial documents will funders want to see?

September 16             Wednesday           1:00-2:30pm
October 28                 Wednesday           1:00-2:00pm
November 11              Wednesday           2:00-3:00pm



How to Approach a Foundation        
Attendees will learn how to initiate contact with potential funders; plan calls and meetings; and build partnerships with donors. This class is intended for fundraisers with some experience, though not necessarily with foundations.             

Classes are held at:
The Foundation Center
New York Library/Learning Center
79 Fifth Avenue at 16th Street
2nd Floor

Register online:

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