The Nonprofit Practices Institute and Thriving Together NCW are bringing the Grant Writing Road Trip Summit to North Central Washington this spring! This series has been created to offer professional grant writing training to nonprofits across the region.

The 101, 201, and 301 courses must be taken sequentially. You may sign up for the entire series at once if you plan to take them all (although you will register for each class/location individually). You can also sign up for just 101 if you do not plan to take the others, but you cannot take 301 without 201 or 201 without 101.

Cost: $25 per class (email to inquire about scholarships); lunch is provided

Capacity: 25 participants per course (no more than 1 participant from a single organization)

Wait List: If a course is sold out, you can email to be added to a waiting list.

101 Grant Writing Essentials

Choose a location:

  • March 20, 2024 - 10am-3pm, Omak
  • March 21, 2024 - 10am-3pm, Wenatchee
  • March 22, 2024 - 10am-3pm, Moses Lake

Begin your journey into the learning the skills of grantwriting. This one-day session will get you up to speed on the five sections of a grant proposal and teach you to navigate through common roadblocks. You will begin writing a grant proposal with step-by-step guidance, identifying essential waypoints to develop a compelling and concise proposal.

Learning Objectives:

  • Tour the five sections of a grant proposal and understand the key components to include in each for success.
  • Identify common grant writing road bumps and learn to navigate through them using a logic model as a road map.
  • Practice writing a 'real-life' grant proposal to get hands on experience.

Deliverables - Each student will leave the training with the following:

  • Completed logic model for one of their programs that needs grant support.
  • Rough draft of a full grant proposal using a common grant application form.

Wait List: If a course is sold out, you can email to be added to a waiting list.

201 Advanced Grant Writing

Choose a location:

  • April 23, 2024 - 10am-3pm, Pateros
  • April 24, 2024 - 10am-3pm, Quincy

Building from your work in the first session, cruise into advanced strategies of grant writing such as incorporating storytelling, empowering language, framing theory, powerful statistics, and powerful impact.

Learning Objectives:

  • Continue writing a 'real-life' grant proposal from grantwriting essentials and receive feedback and encouragement from the instructor and your peers on your writing.
  • Understand framing theory and how it applies to grant writing to focus your writing on the needs of the community, which is much more compelling than focusing on the needs of the organization.
  • Learn to level up each section of your grant proposal to incorporate powerful sentences, statistics, and impact statements.

Deliverables - Each student will leave the training with the following:

  • Second draft of a 'real life' grant proposal using a common grant application form.
  • Peer review and instructor review of their proposal draft.

Wait List: If a course is sold out, you can email to be added to a waiting list.

301 Government Grants

One location:

  • April 25, 2024 - 10am-3pm, Wenatchee
  • April 26, 2024 - 10am-3pm, Wenatchee (new date added)

In this final session, learn how to find federal grant opportunities, understand requests for proposal (RFPs), and write federal grant proposals.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how to search for federal grant opportunities and determine if your organization is a good fit.
  • Prepare tools for presenting a project's goal, objectives, timeline, work plan, outputs, outcomes, and demonstrating project success.
  • Practice transforming a grant proposal for a foundation into a government grant proposal.

Deliverables - Each student will leave the training with the following:

  • Completed templates for work plan, timelines, and evaluation plan that includes goal, objectives, outcomes, outputs, and impact statement.

Wait List: If a course is sold out, you can email to be added to a waiting list.

About the Facilitator

Spark the Fire Grantwriting Classes uses brain-based learning methods in highly interactive sessions to teach professionals to write and manage grants. In each of our trainings, participants receive a workbook and participate in problem-based and case-based discussions that build from
students’ current knowledge. The result is that participants will learn more deeply and move knowledge to long-term memory.

Established in 2003, Spark the Fire Grantwriting Classes has helped more than 2,000 nonprofit organizations increase funding through grantwriting. Referenced by participants as “the best grantwriting class I have ever taken,” Spark the Fire Grantwriting Classes is proud to use brain-based learning research as the basis for our trainings.

Allison Jones (formerly Shirk) is the founder of Spark the Fire Grantwriting Classes. She is one of only twenty-five approved trainers in the country for the Grant Professionals Certification Institute and is an approved trainer of the Grant Professionals Association. She is a grantwriting professor at Western Washington University, Evergreen College, and Seattle Central College. Allison speaks at nonprofit conference across the country and has 23 years of experience in grantwriting and nonprofit management. She is devoted to teaching and provides highly interactive, student-centric learning experiences. Allison is also a columnist for's blog.

Sponsored by Nonprofit Practices Institute in partnership with Thriving Together NCW.




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I am currently pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science at Stanford. Since the beginning of my freshman year I have been involved with clubs such as Stanford’s Space Initiative (SSI) and the Society of Latinx Engineers (SOLE). In SSI I built a rocket and launched it.


Aero Methow Rescue Service


Due to being rural, remote, and geographically isolated, we must be prepared to do more than respond to emergencies. We have become a healthcare partner who fills gaps in service. The grant allowed our board the time and ability to work with a Strategic Planner to modify our plan to address those gaps.


Chelan Douglas Volunteer Attorney Services


The grant provided funds to hire a Housing Justice and Outreach Coordinator to visit rural and underserved areas. Rosie’s bilingual and bicultural skills and experience have increased equity of service. Rosie is building partnerships with local organizations through events such as the Columbia Valley Community Health’s Back to School Drive, as well as posting yard signs.

Tenoch Mandujano

Tenoch Mandujano

Scholarship Recipient

My father was a migrant agricultural worker who eventually started his own cherry and apple orchard. He told me if I wanted to live a better life, I had to get an education. I plan on starting a career with the Chelan PUD with a passion for renewable energy and in turn give back to my parents and community for supporting my dreams.

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