New Non-profit Class Offered at Evergreen and Grays Harbor College

9 03 2018

I will be offering a 4-credit class at The Evergreen State College this coming Spring Term called “Doing the Business of Non Profits-Ideas to Realities”.  It’s a part of the College’s Evening and Weekend Studies Program and Grays Harbor College offerings.  The course will meet Mondays from 6-9:30 PM on the main campus just west of Olympia and at the Grays Harbor College campus in Aberdeen on Thursday evenings also 6-9:30 PM. Here’s the course description:

Students in this class will learn a lot about philanthropy in the United States and the role of nonprofits in contributing to healthy, sustainable communities. We’ll look at the historical role of charitable giving before and after contact and the evolving role nonprofits have played and are playing in the U.S.  As a part of this inquiry, we’ll consider what it takes to create a nonprofit and grow and sustain existing organizations.  We’ll also focus on Development Readiness tm  for these organizations and how using this approach helps ensure a sustainable organization that benefits, for example, from an empowered and engaged board and staff as well as contemporary and ongoing strategic planning. The ethics of nonprofit organizations will also be considered as will professional development and volunteer recruitment and management. We’ll learn about grant writing and fundraising for nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations. This portion of the course will also include effectively finding funding sources for organizations and their programs. Each student will be asked to identify and develop an organization and a project over the course of the quarter. The organization and project can be based on an existing nonprofit or one that is created for the purposes of the class.

Go to for further information or to register.

Don Chalmers


USDA is Accepting Applications for Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants

17 05 2017

USDA is Accepting Applications for Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is accepting applications for its Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program, which provides increased access to education, training, and healthcare resources in rural areas.

The Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program finances telecommunications equipment, computer networks, and advanced technologies for use by students, teachers, medical professionals, and rural residents. Grant amounts range from $50,000 to $500,000. Of the funds made available this year, $1.6 million will be prioritized for communication upgrades between emergency transportation vehicles and medical facilities.

Applications are due by Monday, July 17, 2017. Prior to applying, applicants are encouraged to review the 2017 Application Guide.

For more details about DLT grants and the application process, see page 22477 of the May 16, 2017, Federal Register.

For assistance in preparing a competitive application please contact me at:

Don Chalmers

$6 million available for tribal energy efficiency and clean energy projects

14 12 2016

Click the link for more information.  Contact us at: for assistance in preparing a competitive application.


Special Events Evaluation Tool

13 10 2016

With so many special events happening this time of year we thought it would be a good idea to share a special events evaluation tool. Just click the link below! It can be used to help evaluate a recent event or plan for the next one.  We’re happy to offer this copyrighted tool for your use.  If you duplicate it please attribute it in a good way by leaving the footer in place.  Thanks and good luck with your special events as an important part of your overall fundraising strategy.

Don Chalmers, SparrowHawk Consulting


Trainers needed to present 4 course offerings

5 09 2016

Hello, we have a contract pending with WSDOT OEO DBE Support Services to provide trainings this fall. I am recruiting Subject Matter Experts to teach one or more of the 4 initial, six-hour course offerings listed below:

“3. Develop and deliver curriculum, one class per month beginning as soon as possible. Training delivery should be done by a subject matter expert secured by the consultant.

a. Class 1: General Estimating
i. Determine if project includes company work classifications
ii. Where to find info related to company expertise
iii. Quantifying deliverables, identifying estimating coefficients

b. Class 2: Overview of Project Labor Agreements
i. Considerations to include in a proposal
ii. Added steps to address  iii. Prevailing wage rates

c. Class 3: High-level view of scheduling and workflow
i. When to mobilize and cost of [doing so]
ii. How to keep work packages on schedule
iii. How to plan materials deliveries

d. Class 4: Administrative considerations for bidding
i. Understanding contract language
ii. What to include in a proposal
iii. How to protect yourself, reasonable exclusions”

Would you or a member of your staff be interested in teaching one of these programs? They will be offered in Bellingham, Vancouver, Spokane and Tri-Cities and video-recorded.

SparrowHawk and Associates is a multi-firm team that provides outstanding communication and public involvement services to clients including the Washington State Department of Transportation.  SparrowHawk Consulting Company, Inc. serves as the prime contractor on this project.

If interested please email us at  Include a brief statement of qualifications and experience for each course you propose to present.  Thanks for your consideration.


Grants 101 Presentation!

21 07 2016

I was so excited to attend the breakout session presented by Don Chalmers, CEO of SparrowHawk Consulting, as his Grants 101 presentation was the primary reason I wanted to attend the Conference. I also wanted to meet some of my co-workers with grant writing experience to see if we could come up with ideas for additional money for future training. Impacting the future is great as long as you have the money to support the training and educational tools necessary to make that future a reality.

Many of us in this breakout class were heard saying that we could have spent a whole day learning from Mr. Chalmers and not touched the surface of his immense breadth of grant writing knowledge. I hope we can ask him back as a speaker or even to attend a class specifically designed to provide more information on those quick tips and private sector friends of education he knows so well. I mean really now, why reinvent the wheel?”

-Recent workshop participant

Can we organize a grant writing workshop for you and your organization?

Please contact:

DOE Announces Intent to Issue New Funding Opportunity for Tribes to Advance Clean Energy Development on Tribal Lands

20 07 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy has posted a Notice of Intent to Issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled “First Steps Toward Developing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency on Tribal Lands – 2016” in August or September.
Through the planned FOA, the Office of Indian Energy intends to solicit applications from Indian tribes (including Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporations) and Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations to:
• Conduct energy options analyses
• Benchmark baseline energy use and efficiency options
• Develop energy organizations
• Conduct climate resiliency planning
• Establish policy, regulations, and codes to reduce energy use or promote energy develop
• Obtain skills and training related to energy use and development.
Part of a comprehensive strategy for maximizing the development and deployment of energy solutions for the benefit of American Indians and Alaska Natives, the planned FOA will complement the technical assistance the Office offers by providing funding to help tribal communities develop and sustain strategic energy solutions.
Read more in Office of Indian Energy Director Chris Deschene’s new blog post.
Download the Notice of Intent.