Free grant writing workshop set for Wednesday
by Matt Shinall
Sep 18, 2011 | 2124 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The current economic climate has taken a toll on individuals, businesses and organizations alike. Those trying to help others are now searching for new sources of funding and organizers hosting a workshop hope grant writing skills can aid in that struggle.

Presented by the Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia and the Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce, a grant writing workshop will be held Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Chamber of Commerce's Anheuser-Busch Community Room. This half-day event is free and open to the public.

"Dollars are tight and all the charitable organizations and others who would seek grants need to be as capable as possible. So, the Community Foundation and the Chamber of Commerce have partnered to make this grant writing workshop available to anyone who's interested," said David Aft, president of the Community Foundation. "Charitable organizations, humanitarian organizations and a variety of others exist on a diverse source of funding -- personal donations, contracts for services and sometimes grants. Grants come in a lot of different shapes and sizes, some from private institutions or foundations, some from governmental organizations. Building the capacity of these organizations to access these grants is just a critical component of getting the job done."

The chamber's Not for Profit Roundtable helped organize the event so that organizations may benefit from the information given. Two guest speakers will present Wednesday: Valerie Gilreath, director of the Bartow County Grant Department, and Christie Breedlove, of Quality Office Solutions.

"Organizations are having to think a little more outside the box about funders, and grants are becoming more competitive. ... Funding is more scarce and so there's more skill involved in completing grants," said Jessica Mitcham, director of Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter and co-chair of the Not for Profit Roundtable. "We just know that a lot of new staff members and organizations are looking to grant write but don't have a lot of experience, so we're hoping to get some good initial information out there about how to apply for grants, how to work with grant funders and things like that."

Areas of interest being covered will include how to get started, the differences in government and foundation grants, how to apply, and reporting and collecting data. The workshop is designed for beginners and intermediate grant writers. Participants who have written grants are asked to bring a copy of previous work.

Those interested in attending should contact Leslie McMillan with the chamber at 770-382-1466 or via email at leslie@cartersvillechamber.com.