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Grant writing masterclass

Delivered online over two morning sessions, this four hour masterclass is designed to elevate the existing skills of those involved in the grant writing process.

Professional grant writer Anna Dixon will share insights around how to be ready prior to the grant process as well as the technical methodology required to actually write a grant submission.


Two-part masterclass delivered online over the mornings of 4th and 5th May, 2023.


Approximately 4 hours content in the course.

Day 1 | May 4 – 10.00am – 11.30pm (1hr 30 min)
Day 2 | May 5 – 10.00am – 12.30 pm (2hr 30 min )

Learning Objectives

While this two-part masterclass is designed for those who have experience in grant submissions and are ready to take their skills to a higher level, grant writing newcomers are also welcome and will benefit from taking part.

Learning objectives include:

1. Develop funding strategy

2. Context analysis – understanding who the funders are and assessing alignment

3. Preparing a content bank

4. Gathering evidence to support your grant application business case

5. Understanding the grant conditions and fund focus areas

6. Process and understanding common questions posed in grants

7. Response framework – how to develop a tool to assist with writing your submission

8. Writing – telling the story around your unique selling point and dealing with word limits

Benefits of the masterclass

The benefits of doing this masterclass will be immediate but can last a lifetime:

  • Gain clarity around the technical grant writing process
  • Develop confidence and professional skills to add impact to your group
  • Learn how to identify new grant opportunities and where not to waste time
  • Be better prepared for the next grant opportunity
  • Define your group’s grant process weaknesses
  • Improve your group’s ability to secure funds to deliver valuable content to stakeholders

Format & Features of the Workshop

Delivery – we are delivering this online using Zoom

Handouts – a useful collection of handouts / work book will be curated

Peer to peer learning – Enjoy an interactive process and benefit from other regional not-for-profit groups experience with similar challenges

Interactive Q&A format – The sessions will be interactive with the instructor fielding questions as they arise.

30 Places

There is space for 30 delegates and places will be filled on a first come, first served basis.
*We require a minimum of 10 delegates for the workshop to proceed.

The content of this workshop will be grower group-centric but others can participate. The masterclass is open to the whole industry.

This provides a rich opportunity to share experiences, challenges and insights with other groups from around WA and perhaps pick up innovative ways to tackle common issues.

20 seats are specifically set aside for GGA network members and up to 10 seats will be available for general industry representatives. A waitlist will run.

Ticket Prices

$100 for GGA member delegates – 20 places
$300 for Industry delegates – up to 10 places available

*If interest is very strong we may need to restrict participants to a maximum of four per group/organisation.


Anna Dixon – Director, Anna Dixon Consulting

Anna’s early career was spent in education, first working as a tutor in website design at the Queensland University of Technology (back when the internet was just becoming a thing), then working as a secondary teacher for five years (in English, Media Studies and Technology), before being appointed Head of Secondary and Senior Schooling at a regional Queensland school.

Since leaving the education sector, Anna has continued to deliver training in a range of contexts, particularly in government, having delivered hundreds of hours of training and workshops to community groups and small businesses across the state around governance, business planning, grant writing, project evaluation, tender writing and a range of marketing topics.

She was also a presenter at the 2017 and 2018 Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia (SEGRA) conferences. Drawing on her practical experience and formal training, Anna leads the design of training programs delivered through Anna Dixon Consulting to ensure that learning opportunities focus on the needs of participants.


  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary) English and Media Studies
  • Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment
  • Certificate IV in Project Management
  • Diploma of Government (Procurement and Contract Management)
  • IAP2 Community Engagement Training
  • Public Sector Commission/AIM Foundations in Leadership Program (full scholarship)


  • Strategic & Business Planning
  • Navigating Government Bureaucracy
  • Major Project Funding
  • Stakeholder Engagement


Anna Dixon Consulting has been involved in a broad spectrum of regional and metro consulting projects over the last six years, as well as training provided on behalf of clients and workshops delivered directly to the public.

Its key client project work includes business planning, feasibility studies, grant submissions, sustainability planning and carbon neutral strategies, research and data analysis, stakeholder engagement and communication, and digital strategies.

Agriculture and Food & Beverage Manufacturing Sector

Anna Dixon Consulting has a significant portfolio of clients drawn from the agriculture, and food and beverage manufacturing sectors, as well as being an endorsed Food & Beverage Sector Consultant for DPIRD.

A sample of its clients in this space includes

  • Cassoti Group (Karragullen)
  • Cool Storage/Blue Moon Packing and Orchards
  • Margaret River Brewhouse,
  • Stella Bella Wines,
  • Overstory Wines,
  • Drakesbrook Wines,
  • llegal Tender Rum Co,
  • Taste Great Southern,
  • Passion Planted Agriculture,
  • Margaret River Natural Spring Water

Government & Peak Bodies

In addition to being an endorsed Food & Beverage Sector Consultant for the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), Anna Dixon Consulting undertakes a broad range of projects for the DPIRD directly, in particular:

  • Research into industry-specific trends and issues, developing reports and advice on agriculture/food and beverage relevant sectors
  • Development of content for drought vulnerability assessments for Mid West, Wheatbelt, and Upper Great Southern regions
  • Preparation of WA’s regional rrought resilience plans
  • Stakeholder engagement and communication undertaken on behalf of DPIRD on a range of matters DPIRD and associated agencies for engagement processes they have undertaken in-house;
  • Preparation of funding submissions and award applications

Anna Dixon Consulting has also undertaken a range of projects for the Grower Group Alliance (GGA), from the development of project concepts and funding submissions, along with tender preparation, to expert training in project evaluation for its membership base. It also works closely with organisations such as AgriStart and the Connect Regional Innovation Hub to provide training and expertise to the sector.

Business Cases & Funding Submissions

The team has secured over $28 million in government funding through business cases and funding submissions for our clients, in addition to our consulting work.

Our clients range across all sectors – commercial, government and not-for-profit, securing highly sought-after funds including Building Better Regions Infrastructure funding and Regional Economic Development Scheme (REDS) grants.

The vast majority of this funding has been secured for regional businesses and organisations, or agencies and organisations serving the regions (for example, DPIRD and the GGA).


Direct any enquiries about participation in the event to the workshops coordinator – Kallista Bolton, GGA Stakeholder & Communications Manager

T: 0421 623 406

E: kbolton@gga.org.au


Posted on

12 Dec 2022