(Offline, Kyiv, 5 lessons for 2 hours)

Did you know?

Did you know that 348 international grant funds provide financial support for project implementation in Ukraine, and only 10 hours of intensive training separate you from the opportunity to receive this funding?

Despite the popular belief, granting is not just about writing the right application. That is why our course is designed to systematize different experiences in the field of design, presentations, sales, marketing and business communication, which will make your applications for funds as competitive as possible.

It will be hard for you to believe in this, but we will tell you a secret: winning a grant competition is a question of pure mathematics. Your task is to get the maximum score for each criterion according to the donor requirements. In other words, your application should simply leave no chance for expert! This is the topic we teach on the course.

You will be working on real cases during the course and upon completion of the course you will prepare a package of application documents for a grant contest on your choice.

You may get more information on profession of grant writer on the following link

About the School in numbers

Only 20 places

We pay particular attention to each student of the course. Thus, the number of seats is limited.

5 lessons

Once a week for 2 hours you will have the unique opportunity to gain a concentrated knowledge of grantwriting.

3500 UAH

Our experience shows that the training cost will pay off 100 times already with the first grant.

Who will get advantages of this

  • ambitious beginners in the fundraising field (social project managers in NGOs and specialized municipal and governmental institutions);
  • community activists and grant writers to increase their own competences in the field of social change design and attract funding for their implementation;
  • young entrepreneurs and representatives of for-profit companies interested in receiving grant funding for business development and modernization;
  • scientists and academic community representatives who plan to receive funding for their research or international mobility.

Course program

Firstly, the course provides an opportunity to learn how to think and act strategically, rather than simply adjusting well to the wishes of grant makers that are changing from time to time. We will talk rather little about life hacks. We will focus on basic application preparation methods and the fundamentals of far-sighted fundraising thinking instead of this.

Secondly, you will not just hear the success stories about competitive projects. You will create your own project that fits the logic and formalized process of receiving the grant.

There are main studying blocks, including following: planning, creative, budgeting, performance evaluation, successful grant writer skills.


Lesson 1
To eat fish, you need to achieve water …

Here we will talk about the grant writing place within the fundraising activities of the organization. We will make a map of the main players within the field called "Grant Aid", pay attention to ethical standards of fundraising and, most importantly, make an individual for each grant writer strategy, which will provide you with the necessary understanding to start the process of obtaining grant funding


Lesson 2
I see the goal and do not see barriers!

Project goal, project target groups, project geography, project logic matrix, project resource. This week we will speak about packaging the application materials and mechanics of describing the key points of any grant proposal. Concise, presentable, informative, interconnected - your application materials will acquire these qualities after this session.


Lesson 3
About sacramental…

No, it is not about the project budget. The topic will be the dangerous word "influence": we practice in justifying the social significance of the project. How is it possible to spell out quantitative and qualitative project results? How is it possible to present the short-term results and the delayed impact of the project on stakeholders? These questions will be answered during this meeting.


Lesson 4
Christmas is when children tell Santa Claus which gifts they would like to receive and adults pay for it ...

Many people think about the project budgeting to receive grant funding from this position. At the same time, donors have a different approach, namely budget is created to reduce it. How is it possible to make the planned cost items justified and the project quality maintained at the desired level? Are you interested? Then, don't miss this session.


Lesson 5
Would you like to speak about it?

The central topic of the meeting is self-examination of the completed application. What should I do before submitting my application? We will talk about the technology of parsing the prepared package of documents within the organization team, as well as work with a practical tool "20 questions for the grant writer".

Learning Mechanism

  1. The main part of the training is held in the format of “live” meetings with an expert, during which theoretical and practical material is provided, as well as questions of the participants are analyzed.
  2. An important part of the learning is provided within homework, which is checked by the teacher. You will also have the opportunity to review your colleagues' homework (lesson 2) and provide meaningful comments on how to improve the text of the application. Students will earn points for completing the tasks.
  3. At the end of the course, participants take a test and present their final work.
  4. Upon completion of the course, students will receive a certificate from the School of Grant Writer. The best graduates will be invited to join the Synergy Development Consulting team.

About the teachers

About the teachers

Svitlana Olieinikova

Svitlana Olieinikova is an expert in fundraising and social, cultural and business projects development. She is an organizational trainer, author of the Business Support Program. Graduate of the Open World Leadership Centre (USA), Tech Camp (US Embassy) and CRDF (USA), Stanford University’s Center of Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (USA).

Svitlana Olieinikova is a laureate of the Kyiv City Council Prize for the significant contribution to the entrepreneurship and market infrastructure development in Kyiv and high professionalism (2018). CEO of the consulting company Synergy Development Consulting, as well as co-founder, Chairman of the Board of the International Agency for Change.

She has been working in the field of fundraising for 14 years. The diverse experience in attracting funds to social and commercial projects has been gained during this time. Nowadays, the main attention is focused on the following topics: strategic fundraising; relations with donors and attracting non-reimbursable loan (grants); attraction of non-monetary (benefits in kind) assistance and relations with sponsors; development of social entrepreneurship.

Svitlana has experience in designing and implementing civil society development initiatives both at the regional and national levels within the framework of international technical assistance programs (such as US Embassy in Ukraine, USAID, UNHCR, World Bank, Canadian Local Initiatives Support Fund, DANIDA, UNDP, ECHO, KfW Bank, Chemonics, etc.), as well as advising non-governmental organizations and businesses on the fundraising strategies development..

School for grantwriters provides good prospects for your business development