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Finding grant funding opportunities can prove a daunting task for nonprofit organizations with small—and very busy—staffs. But the process can be a little less complicated if the agency’s staff and board members know where to start to find available funding sources.

Two nationally recognized grant experts will share their best practice strategies on how to find, obtain, and manage grants at a regional grant training workshop on Wednesday, Aug. 1, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (EST) at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.

Polycom Administrators Elizabeth G. Burton, Grant Assistance Program national director, and Area Grant Manager Jeff Barlow will guide workshop participants through the process—from how to search efficiently for grant funding opportunities to common administrative requirements for grants—in this one-day workshop hosted by The Center.

The program will include three morning workshop sessions; lunch served onsite at The Center; and conclude with the final three remaining workshop discussion topics.

“This workshop is a very practical way to understand how to identify, organize, and manage a variety of available funding sources. Participants will have ample opportunities to apply the content learned in a fashion that will equip them for success when they return to their organization and community.”
Jim Tackett, executive director of Forward in the Fifth

Burton, CEO of PrimePoint LLC and a senior fellow with the Performance Institute in Washington, D.C., has more than 20 years’ experience as a grant writer and administrator.

Barlow is executive director of the Hawthorn Institute, and a fellow with the Institute of Court Management. He formerly served as assistant director of Administration and Budget with the Missouri Office of State Courts Administrators, where he supervised grants, contracts, state and federal fiscal administration and budgeting for the Missouri judiciary.

“These trainers will help you learn tools and techniques for creating strategic processes to achieve successful funding results,” said Tackett, who is coordinating the workshop for The Center. “Staff and board members of nonprofit organizations will have a rare opportunity at this regional workshop to look at all aspects of the grant process and discover how to maximize their efforts.”

Registration is required and will be accepted through July 30. The cost of the workshop, which includes lunch and materials, is $20 per person.

The Center, a nonprofit organization serving a 42-county primary service area in Southern and Eastern Kentucky, is located at 2292 South U.S. 27 (at Traffic Light 15) in Somerset.