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September 22, 2021

Grant Writing 101

September 21, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
The Center for Rural Development
2292 South U.S. 27
KY 42501
$149 per person
Patti Simpson

Whether you’re writing your first grant proposal or are an experienced grant writer, grant applications can be extremely competitive.

The Center for Rural Development is hosting a Grant Writing 101 workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. that will give grant writers the essential skills they need to write a successful grant proposal from start to finish.

The instructor-led workshop will cover key elements in the grant-writing process, including:

  • Writing Style
  • Program Planning and Proposal Writing Format
    Discussing the Problem
  • Providing Outcomes, Methods, and Process Objectives
    What are the Program Outcomes
    What are the Methods
    Using an Evidence-Based Approach
    What are Process Objectives
    Using a Timeline
  • The Evaluation Plan
  • The Budget
  • Direct Costs
  • Indirect Costs
  • Future Support/Sustainability
  • The Executive Summary

Participants will also work together in small groups for hands-on training and practical learning experiences to become more familiar with steps in the grant-writing process.

This is an in-person training that will take place at The Center for Rural Development (2292 South U.S. 27 at Traffic Light 15) in Somerset. Registration is $149 per person.

Contact Information

For more information about this and other workforce essential skills training courses, call 606-677-6000 or email

Grant Writing 101 is presented by The Center’s Business & Community Training Center.

Meet your instructor

Melissa Vermillion

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

Melissa has successfully written grant applications to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Endowment for the Arts, Appalachian Regional Commission, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 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.

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

She is married to Kevin Vermillion and they have two adult children, Rebekah and Alex.