Tuesday, December 6, 2016

How to Win Grants from the Trump Administration


Trump's stunning win will install a president in the White House who is likely to shake up federal grant making just as aggressively as he plans to disrupt Washington. Consequently, the unexpected results of the 2016 Presidential election have triggered profound questions regarding the future of federal grants for California and across the country.

President-Elect Donald J. Trump
While we do not yet know the specific policy changes that the new President-elect and Republican-led Congress will pursue, we can make reasonable guesses about the increase, repeal, rollback or decrease of various federal grants. We can make sense of the a priori questions about American politics and government, including:
  • Does Trump mean what he says?
  • Will Trump be able to do what he says?
  • What programs will be nourished and which ones will be starved?
  • How long will the Trump administration last, and what will happen with Congress?
  • How significant will Trump's appointees be to changing federal grants?
  • What hot button issues should non-profits avoid to stay fundable?
  • How much, if at all, will the federal bureaucracy change under Trump?
  • What is in store for healthcare, science, education, or climate change grants?
  • What Obama administration achievements are most likely to be reversed?
  • How can we keep our critical programs funded in this dramatically new season?

For most grant writers, it is far beyond their job descriptions to embrace the expertise needed to anticipate the impact of a new administration on federal grants. Nevertheless, this knowledge is crucial to grant planning, strategies, research and time management. Although there are on-line resources available to answer the above questions, it is difficult for grant writers and agency leaders to know which ones to trust, which ones are biased, and which ones have the best reputations for making accurate predictions.

The wealthiest institutions, including colleges and universities, often have high-paid Washington lobbyists available to answer their questions. For most of us, however, this is an un-affordable luxury. Even worse, the new Trump administration is so radically different than its predecessors, that even professional analysts and political pundits are hard-pressed to provide reliable insight into what will take place. After all, most of them have been wrong about Trump from the beginning.

You owe it to your staff and clients to get the answers to these questions from a reliable source, a source who understands Trump, politics, elections, American government and the field of non-profit grant writing. Once you know how to answer the big questions, you will find that your own intuition and specific program knowledge will be empowered to provide you with an excellent grasp of the best and most profitable path for your upcoming federal grant campaign.


Course Description

"Winning Grants from the Trump Administration" is a four-hour workshop, including lunch, handouts, and a PowerPoint presentation that applies the insight of an award-winning political scientist to make sense of the risks, threats, challenges and opportunities for California's non-profit agencies and educational institutions seeking federal grants in the foreseeable future. "It is easy to predict political trends," says Dr. Drew, "if you understand the enduring patterns of behavior associated with political realignment, the roles of Congress and the President, the key features of charismatic leadership, and the role of bureaucracy in American government." 

In this workshop, Dr. Drew provides a simple, common sense, research-based model which tells you what to expect regarding grants over the next four years of the Trump administration. 

Applying this model, Dr. Drew answers the most important questions facing non-profit leaders, including what to expect regarding education, science, environment, juvenile justice and social service funding. In addition, he will layout simple suggestions for repackaging existing programs so that they appeal to the core values of the Trump administration including its commitment to economic nationalism, and assisting the working class.

While the federal bureaucracy is slow to change, elections do have consequences. Understanding those consequences will be the key to keeping your federal revenue flowing no matter who is living in the White House. This knowledge will help board members, volunteers, executive directors, principle investigators, and grant-writers secure millions in federal funding and avoid the costly mistakes associated with misunderstanding the current political environment.


Course Topics

In this workshop, Dr. Drew will supply the general principles used by political scientists to predict and explain political behavior as it affects specific field of federal grants. These principles will give participants the framework needed to leverage their own unique knowledge and to make strikingly compelling predictions about the key issues and trends that will impact federal grant writing for the next four years of the Trump administration.   

  1. Guerrilla Political Science: The Most Important Variables for Predicting Presidential Behavior
  • Do elections have consequences?
  • Why we can predict Trump's behavior on the basis of his prior statements?

2. The Unprecedented Value of Predicting Congressional Behavior

  • Why congressional priorities are ultimately more important than presidential priorities?
  • Who will win and who will lose under the Trump administration? 
  • What Obama administration achievements are most likely to be reversed? 
3. What are the Specific Implications for Healthcare, Science, Education Grants?
  • How will grants for healthcare change under the Trump administration? 
  • How much of our science funding will remain the same or similar? 
  • Will Trump continue to support career technical education and community colleges? 
The end result of this workshop is that you, your staff and your clients will benefit financially from a clear, no nonsense understanding of how the basics of political science will allow you to predict the trends which will control federal grants for the next four to eight years or more relative to your specific field. 

Time in class will be allotted to giving the participants the opportunity to test their own predictions for their fields given the logic of Guerrilla Political Science. The ultimate benefit of this program will be to foster a clarity and understanding which will allow you and your agency to understand the risks, threats, challenges and unique opportunities you will face over the years no matter which party controls Congress or who is occupying the White House.  

Course Schedule

"How to Win Grants from the Trump Administration" will run from 10:00 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. on Thursday, January 19, 2017. Snacks and soft drinks will be provided for all participants. The location for this workshop will be Coaching Center of Orange County located at 1231 East Dyer Road, Suite 215, Santa Ana, CA 92705.  

Course Fee and Early Bird Rate

The program, "How to Win Grants from the Trump Administration," will be offered at a discounted rate of 50% for non-profit organizations including charities, schools, colleges, universities, county and state agencies. The total fee for non-profit organizations will be $125 per person. The early bird rate will be $95 for all registrants who pay for the workshop prior to January 12, 2017. All participants will receive handouts, and an easy to refer to fact sheet to provide a reminder of what was taught in the class for future reference. 

Event: "How to Win Grants from the Trump Administration
Instructor: John C. Drew, Ph.D.
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:55 a.m.
Date: January 19, 2016
Location: 1231 East Dyer Road, Suite 215, Santa Ana, CA 92705

Early Bird Price (Before January 12, 2017): $95
Regular Price $125



Your Instructor

LoadingBefore Dr. Drew became a grant writer he was an award-winning political scientist who taught the presidency, elections, and public policy at Cornell University, University of Oregon and Williams College, the nation's number one liberal arts college according to U.S. News & World Report. As a grant writing consultant, Dr. Drew and his team have consistently won large federal grants, through the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations for charitable organizations, community colleges and universities. All together Dr. Drew has won more than $40 million in funding. "I've consistently won large federal grants," said Dr. Drew. "The secret of my success has always been my understanding the most urgent needs of the new administration. By quickly adapting your programs to match their needs you can almost always find the support needed to maintain or grow your existing programs."

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What Workshop Participants Say About Dr. Drew

"Very informative, with positive energy transferred to the students."

"The course was very inviting. Dr. Drew was very clear and knowledgeable. He made it worth my while to achieve my goal and have success in life."

"Dr. John Drew was very knowledgeable, invigorating, timely, and made learning interesting and clear."

"This was constant, good practical information. The first 15 minutes made the whole class worth it!"

"Dr. Drew is wonderful. He taught me a lot in a very short time."

Dr. Drew is a native of Southern California. He attended Occidental College in Los Angeles on a track scholarship in 1975. While at Occidental he won a scholarship to study in Europe where he was first exposed to the horrors of the poverty associated with child labor. Later, he won another scholarship to earn his Ph.D. in Government at Cornell University. Later, he taught politics, economics and leadership at Cornell University, Hope International University, University of Oregon, and Williams College. He is a published author on the topic of child welfare and protective programs. Dr. Drew remains active in political and economic matters by contributing articles to American Thinker, David Horowitz's Front Page Magazine and PJMedia. To wind down from grant writing, Dr. Drew enjoys walking, studying foreign languages and acrylic painting. He and his wife, Patricia Drew, live in Laguna Niguel CA where he serves on the board of directors of his HOA.

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