Tacoma Program

Grant and Proposal Writing Made Simple Workshop

Friday, February 28, 2014 (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

Evergreen State College, Tacoma is offering a workshop entitled, “Grant and Proposal Writing Made Simple.” This entry level, non-credit bearing, course is part of its newly established Professional Development Offerings, and is intended to provide an opportunity for renewed life-long learning, skill development, and topics of interest. At the conclusion of the course, participants will receive a certificate of completion. It is designed to serve traditional and non-traditional students, and anyone interested in learning the basics of grant and proposal writing.

It is targeted for: the general public, neighborhood activists and organizers; individuals associated with the following agencies: governments; non-profits; neighborhood and community organizations; social service and community agencies; school districts; faith-based organizations; and interested persons living and/or working in the Puget Sound region.

Attendees will have an opportunity to learn a variety of skills and enhancements for individual and professional growth. It will also allow them an opportunity to engage in a practice; hands-on, exercise to assist them in becoming familiar with, gaining a better understanding of, and refining skills in preparing grants and proposals.

To register, please go to: Evergreen Web Payment. Organizations sending more than two participants, will receive a discount for the third registration.

Workshop Information

  • Workshop Title: “Grant and Proposal Writing Made Simple”
  • When: Friday, February 28, 2014 (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
  • Where: Evergreen State College, Tacoma – 1210 Sixth Ave. -Tacoma, WA 98305
  • Cost: $75, registration required (Evergreen Web Payment)
  • Instructor: Elton Gatewood, Ph.D., Consultant
  • Workshop Description: The “Grant and Proposal Writing Made Simple” workshop is intended to provide a basic understanding and knowledge of preparing grants and proposals, and will cover the following topics:

Basic Understanding of Grant and Proposal Writing

  • Define Grant and Proposal Writing
  • Types of Proposals
  • Functions of a Grant Proposal
  • Basic Principles for Grant and Proposal Writing
  • 12 Basic Rules of Proposal Writing
  • What Funding Agencies Look For
  • Searching For Funding
  • Internet Search
  • Gathering Background Information
  • Components of a Grant Proposal

Hands on Exercise in Grant and Proposal Writing

  • Let’s Write a Grant Proposal
  • Explore and express your creativity
  • Respond to the Components of a Grant Proposal
  • Assist in refining your proposal writing skills
  • Review the Exercise


  1. Hand-out material, a manual, “Grant and Proposal Writing”
  2. Certificate of Participation

Elton Gatewood Head ShotElton Gatewood, Ph.D., Consultant

Presenter/ Instructor

Elton Gatewood, Ph.D. has over 40 years of state and municipal government experience and service, retiring from the City of Tacoma after 37 years as founder and administrator of the Neighborhood Council Program. He has also served as an adjunct professor and lecturer at Evergreen State College and the University of Washington in Tacoma, and as a Municipal and International Consultant for the past 20 years to various cities and organizations throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Dr. Gatewood has taught “Grant and Proposal Writing Made Simple” for over 18 years locally, and given workshop at national conferences and seminars. Additionally, he has prepared, administered, monitored, and served on evaluation teams for grant and proposal selection processes. His interactive and hands-on approach to introducing and simplifying the basic components of grant and proposal writing is ideal for persons interested in learning and developing their skills.