CSDi Training for Individuals, Communities & Nonprofits
Great Project Design = New Funding + Increased Services + Positive Impact. Project Design to Attract Project Grants
Raise More Money and Do More Good. Learn how in this one-on-one mentored nonprofit training program.
6 Months | Train & Consult One-on-One With a Private Mentor | Hands-On
You will learn nonprofit project design to attract project grants—and project management techniques for increased impact.
The program is designed to help both experienced—and novice—project designers create sustainable, fundable, and manageable project designs.
You will focus on a new nonprofit project design that you want to develop during this training program. During that time, we will:
Learn by doing. Train & consult with a private mentor to develop & launch your next, impact-oriented nonprofit project design. This training program will be customized for you and your nonprofit.
In 6 months you will complete a project design with solutions for your community’s challenges.
Course participants have helped communities in North America, Europe, Australia, and Great Britain who have worked on project designs as diverse as:
The course will lead you through the project design and launch of a similar, real nonprofit project in your local community.
Work in a the Global South? This course is a better match.
How to start your course? Enroll, login, scroll down and click on Welcome Students!
6 Months: Research your project design. Approach donors. Launch your project.
Month 1. Choose and clearly define a community and a challenge. Incorporate evidence-based solutions into your project design.
Month 2. Develop project management and project grant presentation documents.
Month 3. Identify donors for your new presentations and present them.
Month 4. Select and develop a series of no-cost/low-cost project activities.
Month 5. Learn the importance of community engagement and program co-management.
Month 6. Launch your first activity to harness community ownership and build project impact through community engagement.
Full Syllabus: See a detailed, week-by-week syllabus here.
This is course is the first part of a four-course program on planning, funding, launching, and managing a local climate action plan for your community. The course will lead you through the design and launch of a similar, real project in your local community.
In this first course, you will work hand-in-hand with community members in developing a local climate action plan.
By the end of the 8 weeks, you will have designed a plan complete with climate change solutions that will work for your community’s climate change challenges. Your plan is in preparation for the second course of the program where you will develop a full set of donor documents to present for funding.
8 Weeks: Develop a real-life, local climate action plan.
Week 1. Complete enrollment, meet your teacher, and explore the course resources. You will then have the next 3 weeks for Assignment One.
Week 2 & 3. Conduct a climate change conversation with community members to understand their needs, personal interests—and strengths!
Week 4. Clearly define your community and its overall climate challenges.
Week 5. Learn how to solve the challenge using locally-focused climate change solutions.
Week 6. Make sure your plan will work by checking that your climate solutions have success stories that show a proven track record.
Week 7. Assemble a detailed outline for a local climate action plan in preparation for a donor presentation.
Week 8. Share your project with your community and with a donor for feedback.
Types of communities that you can help prepare for their climate challenges during your participation in this course:
The importance of community members. Every community has different climate challenges: location and size make each community unique. Designing solutions to climate challenges will need to be on a very local, human scale. Top-down plans won’t work.
Consequently, the most important people in designing, launching and maintaining climate action plans are the community members themselves. They know their unique climate challenges, they know potential solutions, and they know what they want for their community. They will become the owners of the plan.
8 Weeks | Course 1 of 4 | Hands-On
This is the first course of four-courses on planning, funding, launching, and managing a climate action plan with your community.
You will work hand-in-hand with community members in developing their plan.
The program is designed to help both experienced—and novice—climate change planners implement bold climate action plans for ensuring that communities are prepared for a changing climate.
In designing a successful climate action plan you will:
Learn by doing. This climate change program is for actually launching a climate change action plan with a real community. In 8 weeks you will design a plan complete with solutions for your community’s climate change challenges.
This is in preparation for the second course of the program where you will develop a full set of donor documents to present for funding.
Course participants have helped communities in North America, Europe, Australia, and Great Britain be prepared for local challenges magnified by global warming:
The course will lead you through the design and launch of a similar, real project in your local community.
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