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.

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.

Track Capacity: 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.