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Rebecca and SallyAnn Majoya


START DATE:   This class is currently closed.

DURATION:  4 weeks

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Are you cut out to write for grant funding? This workshop is for those who are freelance writers wanting to expand their toolkit or authors who are seeking grants for residency or monetary awards.

In this course you will learn:

  • Where to start
  • Where to look for grants
  • How to find grant details
  • How to know if a foundation is a good match for you
  • Communicate with foundations
  • Write a letter of Intent
  • How to avoid being in the rejected grants pile
  • Basics of budgets

Thank you for all the information, ladies. You’ve helped me untangle some of the mysteries of grants and grant writing for a newcomer like me! ~ Corina C.

Thank you for an inspirational introduction to grant writing! ~ Katherine S.

It was excellent. I always leave with knowledge that is applicable. ~ Tina Hatin

Great planning and very thoughtful in all aspects—lecture, practice, materials, etc. ~ Kevin H.

Rebecca Majoya has been a wonderful mentor to me in the creation of a non-profit girls camp in Rutland called Rosie’s Girls. Her advice and guidance in grant writing and building relationships with sponsors, donors, and grant foundation staff has been invaluable. I highly recommend Rebecca as a grant writing and fundraising advisor. ~ Susan May


Notes about assignments: Each week’s assignment will take between an hour to two hours depending on reading/writing ability and computer skill level. The instructors will be editing and responding to assignments each week.

Week 1: Where to Start to Look for Grants

You will learn where to look for grants, how to narrow down your options, and clarify your goal for the best results.

Assignment: Send your goal as per specifications in the lecture. Find three potential grants to write based on your goal.

Week 2: How to Find Grant Details so You Know if a Foundation is a Good Match for You

Learn how to review grant details without being overwhelmed by them, how to effectively communicate with foundations to find out if this is a successful place for you to apply to best use your time.

Assignment: Research the details of the three grants you chose last week. Fill out the details on the Research Form provided.

Week 3: Write a Letter of Intent

You will learn the four key elements to a Letter of Intent, and how to be persuasive. Who are you? Why should I (foundation) care? What is the proof = Statistics. What is the motivation = Stories.

Assignment: Write a Letter of Intent; minimum one page, maximum two pages.

Week 4: How to Avoid Being in the Rejected Grants Pile

This week you will learn the basics of writing a grant budget, and what must be included.

Assignment: Write a budget for your chosen grant. Rewrite your Letter of Intent based on instructor’s edits.

Materials needed:  An Internet connection and email. Assigned reading materials are provided by the instructor. There will be recommended resources online and books, but none are required.


Rebecca Majoya has dedicated 20+ years to making lives better for children and families in Vermont. She has provided leadership at all levels through her work as former Director of The Mentor Connector and Rutland County Women’s Network and Shelter. Additionally, she has administered annual evaluations for home schooling families since 1993, and served as the President of the Hayes Foundation, which awards funds to motivated youth who seek extra-disciplinary experiences in Rutland County. Through her years of grant writing and research, she has accumulated over $3,000,000 to assist VT communities. She is currently working with non-profit organizations in other states to develop their funding base.

Rebecca holds an MA in Education from Castleton State College, and is a licensed instructor in Communications and Theater Arts (K-12). Her proudest endeavors include helping others blossom and develop into their most authentic self. Her teaching goal is to instill confidence in others, especially when it comes to making life better through words.

SallyAnn Majoya’s love of language began at an early age when she concocted elaborate fairy tales about her family, as well as stories of animal and child adventures. This led to her first degree in English, and her work as a copywriter, grant writer and editor. Most recently, she served as an arts manager in a higher education setting. This role allowed her to marry her passion for arts and education, as she introduced students in Kindergarten through college to world music, dance and the liberal arts. SallyAnn is also a certified therapeutic harpist who has brought a compassionate presence to a variety of hospice and palliative care environments. She holds an additional degree in Wellness & Alternative Medicine and seeks to combine the principles of holistic health in helping others find a deeper, integrated sense of wellness through words and music.

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COST:  $175, which includes weekly assignments and feedback from the instructor.

BUY NOW:  Before You Write the First Word! Grant Writing 101, by Rebecca and SallyAnn Majoya (4 weeks, starting 1/24/2017) Limit: 10 students. Early registration is recommended.

This class is now closed. Please check here for our current schedule.

For Class Session Starting 1/24/2017


Notes: Upon successful completion of payment, your name, email address, and contact info will be submitted to your instructor. She will contact you via email so you can get started.

Questions? Email Marcia & Angela at:

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