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GRANTED! The Architecture of Grant Seeking for Progressive Social Change with Jennifer Navarro, Rachel Johnson, and Suzanne Valery

July 28, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Tuesdays 10AM – 12PM

July 28 | Session 1: Foundational Principles
August 4 | Session 2: Proposal Design: Who, What, Why, and When?
August 11 | Session 3: How Do You Know You’re Making a Difference?




This three-part workshop is intended for grassroots and social change organizations interested in enhancing their grant seeking and proposal writing skills. In this environment of scarce resources, the ability to write a grant proposal is an essential skill in the nonprofit sector, particularly for organizations advocating on behalf of people who have been marginalized. These workshops will prepare participants to develop their proposals from start to finish–refining your mission and explaining your programs, to writing outcome-focused objectives, and demonstrating the impact of your work. In addition to enhancing skills in writing successful proposals, participants will also develop an understanding of the explicit and implicit “rules” of grant making, some of which can undermine the work of nonprofit organizations working for social justice and progressive social change.

Because each session builds on the prior one, we would greatly appreciate you attending all three workshops, not only for your benefit, but also to provide important feedback on the program.

Session 1: Foundational Principles
This 2-hour workshop begins by exploring some of the written and unwritten rules of grantmaking that are about limiting rather than expanding access to resources. By focusing on “needs” rather than assets, for example, funders support a deficit mindset that comes to define the people being served. A similar lack of focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion supports the status quo instead of calling for structural change. The basic components of all grant proposals will be presented to lay the groundwork for Sessions 2 and 3.

Session 2: Proposal Design: Who, What, Why, and When?
This 2-hour session provides the building blocks needed to position you for success in grantseeking. You will learn to support the needs your program is addressing with data and to define the population experiencing the need or problem. An essential building block is then to create outcome-focused objectives to address the need, and to build an activity timeline for the project period of the grant. These activities will then inform what goes into your project budget.

Session 3: How Do You Know You’re Making a Difference?
This 2-hour workshop focuses on evaluating the progress you’re making along a continuum of change–from changes in knowledge to changes in action to changes in societal conditions–and demonstrating the impact your work is having to further social change goals. You will understand the value of building a plan to sustain the program when grant funding ends.


Jennifer Navarro Rios (She, Her, Ella)
Jennifer is a first-generation, Latinx, Santa Barbara native. Her passion for social justice stems from her experiences as a first-generation Latinx woman, and she is particularly interested in intersectionality among social justice issues, including immigrant rights and reproductive justice. While earning her Sociology degree at UC Santa Barbara, Jennifer was the grant making intern for the FUND! Jennifer’s grant experience includes being the grants manager for Planned Parenthood where she is responsible for writing and managing all of the grants for the organization. Additionally, Jennifer’s experience includes program planning, facilitation, and evaluation. In her spare time, Jennifer volunteers and participates in social justice events, enjoys barbecuing with her family, and is always on the lookout for new adventures.

Rachel Johnson (she, her)
Rachel has been the Director of Grants at the Foundation for Santa Barbara City College since 2017, and currently serves on The Fund’s Grant Making Committee. Rachel’s mission for her work is rooted in social justice and educational equity, priorities shared by the Foundation for SBCC, The Fund, and the many other organizations for which Rachel volunteers. Here in Santa Barbara County, she has worked with and for the LGBTQIA+ community, formerly incarcerated students, veterans, countywide food insecurity initiatives, arts education, programs for underrepresented students at SBCC, sustainability initiatives, and many more. Rachel has over 15 years of experience as an academic and nonprofit grant-seeker, is the chair-elect of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education’s Federal Funding Task Force, which advocates for increased access to federal grant money for community colleges, and presents regularly at conferences on grant topics, student basic needs, and equity issues within fundraising. She is also an alumnus of the Leading from Within Emerging Leaders Program, and a graduate of the Antioch University Women in Leadership Program.

Suzanne Valery
Suzanne Valery moved to the Central Coast in 2004 after 26 years in San Diego, to assume the role of director of institutional grants for Allan Hancock College. As the principal grant writer, Suzanne became familiar with the challenges and obstacles faced by the residents of north Santa Barbara County. She has over 30 years of experience working in all aspects of grant writing and management. Before working in education, she worked in the nonprofit sector providing case management, employment counseling, and developing self-sufficiency programs in collaboration with government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and community colleges. Now retired,Suzanne volunteers with the Fund for Santa Barbara’s Grant-Making Committee and is a member of Showing Up for Racial Justice in Santa Maria.


July 28, 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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