Grant Writing for Beginners

Track Leader: Christy Bailey

You have a great idea on how to improve your community or how to solve a community issue. The only problem is you require resources to carry out your vision and you’re not sure where to start. Grant programs may serve as one potential source of funding for community improvement projects.

This track serves as an introductory session, and is most appropriate for those with little or no experience in grant writing. It provides the beginning grant writer with the skills and information needed to develop funding proposals targeting different grantmakers, including foundations, community organizations and state and federal agencies.

Participants will work through the process of crafting a grant proposal as part of a team, including identifying and documenting community needs and creating plans for implementing and evaluating your program. The session will also explore sources of information for available grants and critique a sample of proposals written by others.

Who would benefit most from attending this session:

Community volunteers, staff of nonprofits, and staff of public agencies with little or no grant writing experience.

What will participants learn?

Participants will learn how to search for available grant opportunities, how to define and articulate a community need using available sources of data, how to develop goals and objectives and basics of developing a budget.

What will participants be better prepared to do as a result?

Participants will be better to identify and access sources of funding for their community projects.

List of Tools, Takeaways, and/or Resources:

Workshop notebook with lists of sources for locating grant opportunities, worksheets for developing goals and objectives, worksheets for developing an evaluation plan, and sources where successful grants can be found as examples.

Track Capacity: 25

Christy Bailey currently serves as the executive director of the National Coal Heritage Area Authority and has worked in nonprofit organizations in southern West Virginia for the past 30 years with experience in tourism development, community development, historic preservation, early childhood education, and national service programs. She holds a bachelors degree from Concord University and a bachelors and masters degree from Marshall University. Her current work involves assisting communities in developing heritage tourism projects and revitalizing their downtowns utilizing a variety of strategies.