Frequently Asked Questions

what is the difference between the classes offered directly from spark the fire versus through colleges? 

All classes offer the same curriculum. The difference is that the classes that are directly through Spark the Fire Grantwriting - Certificate in Grantwriting - are two days of class and then one-on-one consultations with Allison as you write your proposal from home. The 3-Day Bootcamps through the colleges are three days of class and you write your proposal in class. This is the most intensive format. The eight-week course through Seattle Central is also the same curriculum, but you get eight weeks to digest each lesson and write your proposal. 

Do you offer a discount for groups or any other discounts?

Groups of 3 or more from any one organization may receive an additional discount of $10 off per person. To register as a group, please use this link. AmeriCorps Volunteers are also offered a discount of $10 per person.

What should I bring to class?

You will be provided a comprehensive handbook. You should bring a pen/pencil and a laptop computer or tablet to write your grant proposal. If you do not have a laptop, bring a pad of paper. It is helpful if you also bring background/reference materials about your organization and program/project. For Freelance Grantwriting, you should bring a pen or pencil. I will provide a comprehensive workbook. You will not need a laptop for Freelance Grantwriting.

In what locations do you teach grantwriting classes?

I'm interested in teaching grantwriting anywhere in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. Currently, classes are offered in Seattle, Portland, Yakima, Spokane, Wenatchee, Aberdeen, Bellingham, Olympia, Bremerton, and Bainbridge Island. Most locations offer classes twice per year. You can request Essential Grantwriting and Proposal Writing in your location by joining the wait list. Additionally, if you know of a great space that can hold 20 individuals, please email me

How can my organization sponsor a class?

I whole-heartedly welcome sponsorship. You provide space to host a class and marketing assistance or a cash contribution to offset the cost. In return, your organization's name and logo will appear on all marketing materials and class materials. For more information, please email me.