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6 Sep 2023

Grant Applications – In-person 06/09/2023

Target Audience

This session is designed for those who are new to writing grant applications, or those who would like feedback on applications they are currently completing.


How do we make successful grant applications? This workshop provides an opportunity to identify the challenges, the most common mistakes applicants make and also what errors causes application disqualifications. Participants should come away with a better understanding of appropriate language & wording to help better make the case for their grant application.


This session will be in Carmichael Centre, Dublin 7.


Evelyn Fitzpatrick

Evelyn Fitzpatrick is an Accountant, holds a post graduate Diploma in Economics and a Master’s in Management from DCU. In 2009, she set up her own Consultancy as a Financial Advisor and Trainer to the Charity sector. She was a member of a consultative group who made recommendations to Government on the implementation of the 2009 Charity legislation.

She was Director of Finance & Corporate Affairs of Focus Ireland for 9 years. During that time their Annual Report won the Chartered Accountants Published Accounts Award five times, which recognises excellence in Governance and transparency in financial reporting. Prior to that she was Country Finance Director and Company Secretary of Marks & Spencer Ireland for 10 years. She serves on the Finance and Governance Board committees of Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice, Acquired Brain Injury Ltd, Cooperative Housing Ltd and North & East Housing Ltd. She is a past council member of Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Chair of their CPD Committee. She is the external advisory member of the Audit Finance and Risk Board Committee of Pobal.


Participants should leave with a better understanding of:

  • The challenges
  • Common mistakes in grant making
  • The Grantor’s point of view
  • The Grantee’s point of view
  • Be Prepared – having the basics to hand
  • Creating a team effort
  • Making the grant application process easier
  • Clear communication – Language and wording
  • Making your case
  • Tips on grants
  • Guidance on seeking grants and completing grant application forms


Carmichael’s Autumn/Winter 2023 Scheduled Training Programme is kindly sponsored by BoardEffect.

BoardEffect is part of Diligent, the leader in modern governance. BoardEffect delivers an agile board management solution optimised for governance leaders of nonprofits, higher education institutions, community healthcare organisations, and credit unions with the right tools, analytics, and insights to drive more efficient, transparent, and secure governance.


€80Nonprofit Organisation
€70Carmichael Resident Organisation
€90Statutory Organisation
€90Corporate Organisation


Useful presentation of donor’s perspective/what reviewers need from applicants.
Without doubt Evelyn herself. Goldmine of information.
Open to questions and examples, helpful comments.

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