The Center for Rural Development will hold a class for beginner grant proposal writers. Melissa Vermillion, grant writer for Hazard Community and Technical College, will cover the basic fundamentals of the grant writing process in a presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Center in Somerset.
“My desire is for grant writers to gain confidence in their ability to cause grant makers to love their ideas,” said Vermillion, who has been a grant writer for the college for the last six years. “The presentation of an idea makes or breaks a funding opportunity. A compelling grant proposal will certainly get the attention of the grant maker.”
The keys to finding grant funding opportunities and learning how to write compelling grant proposals are in knowing where to search for opportunities and understanding what funders want to see in a proposal.
“ The Your Center of Learning training will provide beginner grant writers with the basic skills to locate grant opportunities and to plan and write compelling grant proposals,” Vermillion said. “We will also look at some of the common pitfalls and fatal flaws made while writing grant proposals.”
Vermillion 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. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and is working on her master’s in business administration at Morehead State University.
To register for Grant Writing 101, contact Robyn Phillips at 606-677-6000 or visit www.centertech.com for a complete course description and online registration link. Lunch will be provided. Students must register at least five days prior to the start of class.
The Center for Rural Development is located at 2292 South U.S. 27 (at traffic light 15) in Somerset.