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GRANT WRITING & FUND RAISING FOR MISSIONARY PROJECTS

7-11 October, 2024

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HOST ORGANISATION

SOFIA – (Salvatorian Office for International Aid) is the international agency for the aid and development work of the Salvatorian Fathers and Brothers in Rome. It has been a forerunner in training Catholic religious members in Project Management for the last ten years. It has trained about 400 participants from more than fifty countries.

CORE CONTENT

Preparing project applications and reports
  • The steps of the project cycle
  • Results focused planning
  • Preparing budgets and financial plans
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Preparing narrative and financial reports
Finding Funding
  • Catholic funding agencies in Europe and the US
  • Government sources of funding for missionary projects
  • Understanding how funding agencies operate
  • Nurturing donor relationships and strategies to grow your donor base
  • Roundtable on setting up a solidarity or development office and working with lay collaborators

WORKSHOP METHODOLOGY

  • Classroom teaching
  • Group discussions and exercises
  • Individual work
  • Roundtable session

WORKSHOP PRESENTERS

Brother Allen Sherry fms is an Australian Marist Brother and the former CEO of Australian Marist Solidarity and now consultant in international development and funding, Sydney- Australia. He is also a consultant to several international missionary congregations.

Dr. Arnout Mertens is the International Director for Programmes and Innovation, Jesuit Refugee Service, Rome-Italy.

PARTICIPANTS

The workshop is directed at religious or lay people working for congregations who are NEW to the field or have only little experience. A good understanding of English is required. No translation can be provided.

TIME SCHEDULE

1. Registration: 7 October 2024, 8:00 to 9:00 am

2. Daily sessions:

Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (breaks: coffee 10:45-11:15; lunch 12:45 – 2:15pm; coffee 15:30-16:00)

Wednesday: 1:00 – 1:45 pm light lunch; workshop 2:00 – 6:00 pm (coffee 15:45-16:15).

Wednesday morning is kept free to give the participants the opportunity to attend the General Audience of Pope Francis on St Peter’s Square.

LOCATION

Casa Maria Immacolata
Via Ezio, 28, 00192 Roma RM

Free wireless internet will be available.

WHAT TO BRING?

If possible a draft project application or data for one project, so you can work on the application during the workshop. We will give you feedback on how to improve it and where you could try to ask for funding.

ACCOMMODATION

We do not offer housing, but you can download here a list of different accommodation options in Rome. The price of the rooms is subjected to the property.

COST

We ask for a donation of 800 € for the entire week, which is to be paid cash upon arrival or by bank transfer to:

Account Holder Name: SOFIA ONLUS

Bank Name: Crédit Agricole Italia Spa

Swift Code: CRPPIT2PXXX

Bank country: Italy 

IBAN: IT62T0623003229000015158864

purpose: workshop + your name

The donation covers all sessions, the course materials, five lunches and the coffee breaks, and helps SOFIA to support an education project in Kolwesi – DR CONGO.

REGISTRATION

Click here to register for the course.

Please contact at:
workshop@mailsds.org or by phone to +39 06 686 291.

We suggest that you keep a copy for your own records.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 30th 2024
(we have 50 places, allocated on a first come first served basis, so early booking is recommended.)

COMMENTS FROM PARTICIPANTS

The workshop opened up for me a new world of funding possibilities that will help my Congregation to sustain and expand our missions.

I truly appreciate this workshop. So inspiring! Thanks a million for the knowledge/expertise shared so freely.

Varied, engaging, able to transmit huge amounts of information in a stimulating manner.

A great deal of networking took place and useful tips were shared.