SALINA, Kan. – Do you know how that playground equipment at the park down the street was purchased? Or the new sign leading visitors to a local landmark? How about initial money for a festival?
In any community, chances are that someone wrote a grant proposal and received funding to help with the project. Individuals and community groups can learn more about writing successful grants at a two-session online workshop planned by the Central Kansas Extension District on April 14 and 21 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The workshop will be presented by Nancy Daniels, Community Vitality Specialist with K-State Research & Extension. The cost to attend is $60.
“This workshop is for everyone, whether they’ve never written a proposal before and have no idea where to start, to those who have experience but are looking for ways to improve their approach,” Daniels explains. “The magic that happens in a community when people find out they don’t have to wait to get something done, that they can do it themselves, is incredible.”
Participants also learn from each other, she adds. Even experienced grant writers pick up tips and are re-energized after coming together with peers in their communities. Participants are encouraged to bring their grants or grant ideas to share.
Workshop topics include:
- Conquering your grant writing fears and start writing.
- Sources of data for community needs (where do you find the numbers to back up your request?).
- Where to find grants.
- Practicing the grant writing elements: Problem, Outcomes, Activities, Evaluation and Budget.
K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus in Manhattan.