We plan to organize a grant writing workshop for Non Governmental Organizations in Calabar, immediately after which we will organize training sessions for indigenes and residents of Cross River State willing to learn how to trade packaged agricultural products on international market platforms and a step by step approach on how to source for international merchants and markets.
The grant writing sessions will feature “hands on approach” where participants will write their proposals while in class. Basic themes during the training sessions will include:
1. How to write Introduction, Executive summaries, Problem statement/needs analyses, how to capture your project demography and target population, Goals, Objectives, Methodology, Program descriptions, Timelines, Evaluations, Expected outcomes, Sustainability, budgets and budgets analysis.
2. How to access international foundations, World bank, UKaid, major US foundations that are funding projects in Africa, entrepreneurial skill development funding, how to fill out application forms for funding, how to access international celebrities to fund your pet projects, how to develop stand alone funding projects with donor agencies, how to access IFC funding, African development foundation funding, how to navigate grants.gov portals, and how to electronically transmit successful proposals.
3. Furthermore, the class will teach participants how to write proposals for Corporate giving programs, foundation funding and international donor funding’s including techniques for technical writing including do’sand don’ts.
4. Participants will be given access to information on how to source for funding, how to develop program concepts, and how to market their programs to donor agencies.
5. On Export Promotion, participants will be trained and given access to trade platforms for agricultural export products including sesame seeds, dried fish and crayfish and other notable agricultural products in Cross River state exportable to markets in Europe and the United states.
6. Participants will also learn how to write business plans and feasibility studies to help them secure local loans for their small businesses.
7. The grant writing workshop is designed to help participants start their local NGO and easily secure international funding, while the Agricultural Export workshops are designed for small scale entrepreneurs willing to export their local products to international markets and platforms.
How to apply:
The entire class sessions and training is free. The class is designed for only 60 participants this year. Primarily, preference will be given to local NGOs to send in their representatives for training,(not more than two persons per NGO) in addition, Unemployed persons willing to start an NGO, or those willing to start export businesses will also be given preference to attend.
Only successful nominees will be contacted and provided with training venue and other materials to read before the classes. To be nominated for the class sessions, send a letter of intent to include the following:
Brief Profile of applicant or organization, highest educational qualifications of attendees and reasons why you (they) want to be considered to join the class. Only applicants with convincing letters of intent will be admitted to join the first session beginning December 2016.
Forward your letter of intent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The trainer, Princewill Odidi is a seasoned US based grants administrator, reviewer and training expert. He has published several books on grants development, funding and grants administration.