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Strengthen Your Grant Writing Skills

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017by kenna.kj

Strengthen your grant writing skills!

Imagine a grant officer sitting in front of the stack of proposals she received today. How do you ensure that she forwards your proposal on for review? 

Imagine a grant reader who has two days to review a dozen grant proposals. How do you increase your chances that he will read past your executive summary? 

Imagine several organizations similar to yours submitting proposals similar to yours. How do you make your proposal stand out from the rest? 

Although there are no guarantees to securing grants, there are many strategies you can use to distinguish yourself from other applicants. We'll discuss those strategies in our upcoming training session: Grant Writing 201. This session can serve either as a follow-up to the Grant Writing 101 session or as a stand-alone session. 

Grant Writing 201
Date: Tuesday, October 24, 207
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m. 
Where: Dieterich Bank Corporate Center (300 Sur Woods Drive, Effingham)
Cost: $15 for Forefront Members/$25 for non-members
Register now:  or register at the event.

Develop effective strategies to communicate with your audience! 

We are hosting a two-part “Strategic Communications” training series focusing on the development of effective strategies for communicating to the public as well as internally within an organization. 

Training attendees will look at a variety of messages to identify what works and what doesn’t, and discuss persuasive strategies to help them gain and maintain support from the community. Participants will also work on identifying audiences in order to tailor messages to make the most impact. “By taking a critical look at media and rhetoric, we can become responsible and effective communicators, ready to tackle the next fundraising goal, lobbying initiative, or public awareness campaign,” explains training instructor Kate Klipp.

Strategic Communications I 
Date: Wednesday, November 1 (Part two is scheduled for December 6)
Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m. 
Where: Roy Schmidt Honda (1705 W Fayette Ave, Effingham)
Cost: $15 for Forefront Members/$25 for non-members
Register now: or register at the event.

For more information, contact Joedy Hightower, President/CEO of
Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation at 217.342.4988 or