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Grant writing workshop at The Center

By: Sharon Dodson, The Center for Rural Development
By: Sharon Dodson, The Center for Rural Development

Experienced grant writers will be able to delve deeper into their craft at a combined workshop on advanced grant writing and budgeting presented May 17 at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.

Participants who attended The Center’s earlier grant-writing workshops, or others simply interested in learning more about how to craft a successful proposal, will want to make plans to attend this professional development session hosted by The Center and Green River Regional Education Cooperative (GRREC).

Johna Rodgers, a grant writer for GRREC in Bowling Green, returns to teach the workshop, which will feature the back-to-back sessions “Grant Writing 102” and “Budgeting: Writing a Proposal that Readers Want to Read and Funders Want to Fund” from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (EST) in the latest in a series of grant-writing workshops sponsored by The Center within its 42-county primary service area of Southern and Eastern Kentucky.

“Grant writing is both an art and science,” Jim Tackett, associate vice president of leadership, education, and training for The Center, said. “Persons who develop and submit competent proposals often seek opportunities to hone their knowledge and skills regularly.

“With guided practice and skill refinement come increased comfort levels with grant writing,” he added. “Individuals, schools, agencies, and non-profit organizations can secure ideas which will support quality grant development.”

During the morning session, participants will get answers to some of their most common questions about grant writing and learn more about what it takes to design and write a successful proposal at “Grant Writing 102.” Rodgers will follow-up her previous class by giving grant writers the tools they need to align project objectives with demonstrated need and planned activities; search out previously funded proposals to better see what’s been successful; and rework text to meet funder preferences.

The session on budgeting, set to begin immediately after lunch, will pull all of the information together to help grant writers tell their story by mingling the math with the language of money. This session will provide grant writers with a better understanding of the importance of embracing the spending plan for each project, not just the narrative.

Since 2001, Rodgers has worked with the GRREC districts to help develop and submit proposals for large and small projects. In doing so, she has picked up some straight-forward tools to help non-grant writers survive their first and successive proposals. For GRREC, she has developed dozens of consortium proposals that have translated to more than $38 million for the service region. Rodgers has worked and trained hundreds of teachers and administrators, building funding capacity in 32 school districts and their 240-plus schools.

The registration deadline for the May 17 session on “Grant Writing 102” and combined presentation on budgeting—a follow-up to the previous “Grant Writing 101” workshops—is Wednesday, May 12.

For more information about the latest workshop or to register to attend, contact Jim Tackett at 606-677-6000 or e-mail jtackett@centertech.com.

Space is limited to the first 70 registrants. The cost is $89 per person, which includes lunch and materials for the entire workshop.

The Center, a non-profit economic development organization, is located at 2292 South Highway 27 in Somerset at Traffic Light 15.

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