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Grant Writing 201 Workshop | May 2 |9 a.m.-4 p.m. | The Center for Rural Development

If you want to learn more about federal grants, Grant Writing 201 is for you!

In Grant Writing 201, you’ll learn some of the most important parts about preparing and submitting a successful federal grant application.

Instructor Melissa Vermillion, grant writer for Hazard Community and Technical College, will cover what to look for in a grant solicitation and how to make your application competitive.

Participants also will take an in-depth look at an online system,, focused on improving access to services via the Internet. The website is currently the single access point for over 900 grant programs offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies.

Grant Writing 201 is presented by The Center for Rural Development’s Business & Community Training Center. Registration is $149 per person.

For more information on Grant Writing 201, call Patti Simpson at 606-677-6000 or email

Meet Your Instructor

Melissa Vermillion has been a grant writer for Hazard Community and Technical College since 2010. Currently, she is the Director of Grants and Contracts and has led many grant writing trainings.

She has successfully written grant applications to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Development Administration, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Appalachian Regional Commission, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA), the Department of Education TRIO Programs, and several private funders, securing over $20 million in grant funding.

Prior to joining the college, she was the director for Aging Programs in Perry County where she was also successful in a variety of grant opportunities.

Vermillion has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s in business administration from Morehead State University.

She has been married to Kevin Vermillion for 30 years and has two adult children, Rebekah and Alex.

Melissa Vermillion