Experience

“Knowing how to ask” is critical in whether or not a grant application is approved or denied. At an MPS workshop, practice makes perfect.

Workshops: MPS provides impactful, local workshops to help members increase their effectiveness in using the MPS Funding Guide to obtain support for pastoral and human-development programs and projects.

 

Workshops of two, three, or four days have been given in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Pacific. In fact, MPS workshops have been given on all 7 continents! This include workshops for Episcopal conferences, men and women religious, dioceses, individual congregations or other groups.

 

The composition of the workshops – which typically includes priests, other religious and laypersons – is determined by the sponsors. To view a sample workshop agenda outline and additional workshop information including associated costs – see below.

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Workshop Outline and Associated Costs

 

Sample Agenda

Day 1

Joining exercise for participants

 

Review of materials and workshop objectives

 

Participant sharing of needs and expectations

 

How to use the MPS Funding Guide

 

Role of local Grant Director

Day 2

Identifying & endorsing mission project needs

 

Matching needs with Funders

 

Identifying projects that DO and DON’T qualify

 

Review of Information and materials needed for application

 

Drafting the Statement of Need

Day 3

Drafting a complete application: Online and hard copy proprietary form and MPS model application

 

Suggested MPS Approach

 

Small group drafting and Large group review

 

Reporting on successful grant applications

 

Q/A of drafting & reporting

 

Review of successful/sample grant applications

 

Summary of all workshop components

Program Overview

 

MPS workshop instructors are provided a teaching stipend, airfare and local transfers and room and board. Workshop hosts pay, at a reduced group price, for any needed MPS Funding Guides, and expenses related to the venue of the workshop. Room and board costs for workshop attendees is determined locally.

 

NOTE: Very often, the host can obtain sponsorship of the workshop through their episcopal conference. Contact MPS for additional information.

 

MPS instructors conduct workshops in English or French or Spanish. Rarely, based on instructor availability, simultaneous translation may be needed.

 

It is recommended that workshops be requested at least 6-12 months in advance, which allows not only for MPS planning of resources but also for the host to obtain funding that may be available.

Estimated Cost

$7,000 USD*

 

* Based on an estimate of expenses for a 3-4 day workshop for up to 60 and includes instructor airfare, transfers and lodging, MPS administrative fee, teaching stipend, and MPS membership & the MPS Funding Guide – This estimate does NOT include costs associated with conference facilities, group meals or participant travel.

 

Additional questions related to workshops can be submitted to Arthur Pingolt, apingolt@oblatepartnership.org