7 May 2024

Writing grant and funding applications: skills for Community Education Network members

AONTAS Community Education Network, shows three women standing together at the front of a building

We have consistently heard from members of the Community Education Network (CEN) that funding is a major issue that affects their work. In response to their calls for support on this, we organised a webinar this April, with a practical workshop to provide our members with the tools to succeed in their grant or funding applications. 

The session was facilitated by Joanne Ryan from Trust Grant Writing, a seasoned grant writer with 15 years of experience in local and national organisations across Ireland.  

The workshop guided members through the essentials of crafting impactful grant proposals, effective budgeting, and identifying untapped funding sources, among other things. 

This workshop's teachings were versatile and suited for any type of community education funding application. Participants also got access to practical handouts. There was also time for group discussions and knowledge sharing. 

21 members from the CEN joined us on the day, and our Community Education Officer Lorraine initially asked them to pick one word to describe their feelings about having to do grant application. Participants responded:  

Joanne provided practical tips on the dos and don’ts of grant writing, and facilitated an open discussion for people to share experiences and peer learning.  

Lorraine then asked the group to share one word on what they felt after the workshop.

Participants responded:  

The goal of the session was to demystify grant writing, and we were pleased to see the positive impact.  

We will continue to support members of the CEN with workshops and opportunities to develop skills and build relationships and knowledge.  

Keep an eye on our website and social media for more opportunities to get involved.  

If you are not a member of the CEN, but would like to be, contact Lorraine at