Brushy Fork Annual Institute

Beginning Grant Writing

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.

Who Should Attend?

This track serves as an introductory session, and is most appropriate for those with little or no experience in grant writing.

What Can I Expect to Learn?  

  • 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.

Takeaways: This track 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.

What Past Participants Say:

“Through the hands on work in my track we developed a project that we intend to implement in our community.”

“I connected with people who I can contact in the future with questions and information to help further our communities.”

“I really enjoyed the sharing of resources and practical skills I gained in the grant writing track.”

Track Limit: 25

Christy Bailey has more than 20 years of experience preparing grant proposals to federal, state and private funding sources. She currently serves as the executive director of the National Coal Heritage Area Authority.

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