NEW! Collaborative Grant Writing

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with Jana Hexter
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fee $70, includes light refreshments

Borg Warner Conference Room, Tompkins County Public Library,
E. Green St. at S. Cayuga St., Ithaca (driving and access directions below)
Presented by the Human Services Coalition
Co-sponsored by the Tompkins County Public Library

Winning grants has always been competitive and there is more and more pressure from funders to collaborate. Grant writers often serve as informal leaders on teams brought together to work on grant projects. For most of us, it’s a simply a challenge to keep funding flowing in while maintaining our organization’s focus, beauty, and expertise. And, you’ve probably been involved in a grant collaboration that fell apart or left you feeling short-changed, dominated, or unappreciated.

This course is designed to give you the self-awareness and skills to lead a short-term team to success and collaborate on grant projects where everyone gets on, work gets done, and goals get accomplished.

Part 1: Grants Leadership and Team Building
You will learn to:

  • Get better results leading teams to meet deadlines
  • Identify and diffuse points of tension early in the process
  • Lead from a strengths-based perspective that brings out the best in everyone
  • Harness the one vital element to leading when you have neither formal authority nor familiarity with the team

Part 2: Writing Collaborative Grant Proposals
You will:

  • Gain the capacity to identify why previous collaborations went awry and how to correct for that in the future
  • Gain clarity about what role your agency should play for optimal results
  • Understand your Collaborative Bottom Line so you know when to join and when to walk
  • Learn the ability to save yourself a lot of heartache by knowing the 10 questions to ask yourself before you enter
    into a collaboration
  • Be provided a sample Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that you can adapt for your organization’s needs
About the Presenter:

Jana Hexter has raised over $70 million and written well over 150 successful proposals for a wide variety of non-profit organizations throughout the nation. She teaches an online in-depth 8-week grant writing course called The Grant Writer’ Well starting in January, March, and September – She also offers a plethora of free resources at such as an Online Grant Writing Self-Assessment Quiz, a gift copy of Jana’s book Grant Writing Revealed: 25 Experts Share Their Art, Science, and Secrets, and a meditation series, the 11 Guiding Questions for Conscious Grant Writing.

Registration and Payment

Register online at If you are unable to register and pay online please call 607.273.8686 or

Cancellation Policy

All registration sales are final – we are unable to refund or transfer fees onto a different workshop for missed
sessions.  At times a workshop may be cancelled due to inclement weather or other issues. If this occurs, we will post the cancellation on our website:, email all registered participants, and refund any prepaid fees. If you plan to walk-in, please check our website for the most up-to-date information prior to attending.


Limited scholarships are available to agencies whose non-profit board and staff members cannot attend without one. To request a scholarship, email: in advance of the workshop.


Coffee, other drinks, and snacks are provided at all workshops; lunch is not provided. Attendees at sessions in the Borg Warner Room may leave and eat lunch on the beautiful Ithaca Commons.

Special Needs

Please notify us if you have any special needs; the Coalition wishes to make its workshops accessible to everyone.

For the comfort of everyone, HSC workshops are fragrance free. We appreciate your cooperation.

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