Grant Preparedness


November 1 (5:30-7:30pm), via Zoom


This workshop is aimed at small organizations with little to no experience in submitting grant applications, or those who have tried unsuccessfully to obtain grants. What does it take to qualify for grant funding? Where is the best place to start?  In this workshop, we’ll talk about…


  • What grantmakers are looking for
  • Evaluating different types of grants as they relate to your organization
  • Addressing organizational best practices to meet funder expectations
  • Tips for successful grant proposals
  • Resources for grant-seekers


Note: Free one-on-one coaching is available by the hour on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please email Liana@npcberkshires.org to reserve your session(s).



Liana Toscanini photoLiana Toscanini founded the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires (NPC) in 2016 after 20 years of volunteering in the Berkshires.  She learned the art of fundraising and grant writing on the job, helping to restore the historic Sandisfield Arts Center building.  Her corporate marketing background proved useful in her various board roles, assisting nonprofits with PR, marketing and fundraising, and in her job as Development & Marketing Director for Community Access to the Arts (CATA) where she worked for nine years.


For the past three years, NPC has focused on volunteerism including board training.  Liana developed a board training curriculum for OLLI in 2019 and has since shared variations of this training with nonprofit boards, leadership groups, and more recently, in a video series “Intro to Board Service,” designed to encourage people to say “Yes” to joining a board.


She is the recipient of Berkshire Magazine’s “Berkshire 25” Award (2018), a 1Berkshire Trendsetter Award (2018), and an Unsung Heroine Award (2006) from the MA Commission on the Status of Women.