Your Wish is Granted: 2022 Grant Writers' Skill-Building Retreat

One of the organizational positions with the highest level of stress and pressure is the grant writer. Whether you are leading a team or developing each proposal on your own, the time and effort commitments are significant. What better way to hone your talents than to deliberately focus on skill-building, engaging with colleagues, and practicing some self-care in a retreat setting prior to the onset of the 2022 grant season?

Grant writers routinely wish for similar things. Some wish for clarity about expectations. Others wish for tips and techniques to create comprehensive yet streamlined response. Even more, individuals wish to understand how to avoid common errors. National Safe Place Network (NSPN) is granting your wishes with the 2022 Grant Writers' Skill-Building Retreat. This retreat is about granting wishes and helping participants engage in important conversations about what is needed to enhance opportunities for success.

While the retreat will also emphasize ways to manage the pressure and stress which comes with the job, the focus will be on skill-building and each participant will be asked to actively participate in the learning process.

Retreat Topics

  • Chasing support for identified needs – not the money
  • Assessing the return on investment and capacity to sustain funded service
  • Examining capacity to meet expectations beyond the award letter
  • Engaging stakeholders in crafting proposals
  • Understanding and interpreting terminology
  • Embracing the useful redundancy of federal proposals
  • Avoiding common errors
  • Participant’s choice

There will also be an opportunity to share writing samples for specific feedback and critique.

Course Dates

February 22 – 24, 2022 | 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. EST

Follow-up support webinar will be offered on March 31, 2022 | 3:00 p.m. EDT


$500 for NSPN Members
$700 for non-members


NSPN's Grant Writers' Skill-Building Retreat will be held on the campus of Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine.

St. Augustine is a city on the northeast coast of Florida. It's the oldest city in the United States and is known for its Spanish colonial architecture as well as Atlantic Ocean beaches like sandy St. Augustine Beach and tranquil Crescent Beach. Anastasia State Park is a protected wildlife sanctuary. The Castillo de San Marcos is a 17th-century Spanish stone fortress with views of the St. Augustine Inlet. St. Augustine's average temperature in February is 69/48 degrees. Click here to learn more about St. Augustine.

Each participant will be responsible for food, transportation, and lodging. The address of the meeting location will be shared with all registered participants to support decisions related to lodging.

Participants traveling by air may choose to fly into one of the following airports.

  • Jacksonville (JAX) – 40 miles
  • Daytona Beach (DAB) – 55 miles

A rental car is recommended for those traveling to the location by air. 

This Event will Benefit:

  • New grant writers or those with limited experience in crafting federal, foundation, or corporate proposals.
  • Those seeking to enhance their existing skill sets by dedicating time to develop potential solutions to common challenges.
  • Individuals seeking one-on-one consultation support for proposals not funded.
  • Executives and directors willing to send the staff member who is “the next logical choice” for assuming grant writing responsibilities.
  • Any grant writer wishing to continue professional development.
Register Today!