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Essential Grant Skills Workshop Scheduled for March 2014

Southern Tier West Partners with The Grantsmanship Center to Offer 2-Day Intensive Training

Salamanca, NY – Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board has partnered with The Grantsmanship Center, a nationally-recognized training organization, to offer an intensive two-day grants training workshop covering all aspects of developing success grant proposals and maintaining grant reporting and compliance requirements.

The Essential Grant Skills training will take place in Salamanca, N.Y., in the BOCES technology room at the Center for Regional Excellence on March 18 and 19, 2014, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. each day.

The Essential Grant Skills workshop is presented by professional staff from The Grantsmanship Center and will give participants a comprehensive overview of the entire grants process with in-depth emphasis on the key areas that even experienced grant professionals often find challenging. This is an interactive workshop that includes practical exercises based on the successful curriculum created by The Grantsmanship Center.

At the end of the two-day training, participants will be able to identify and articulate client-based or community-based needs or problems, define measurable program outcomes, identify and articulate methods to logically achieve the outcomes, and establish organizational credibility through effective project and fund development. Southern Tier West notes that the Essential Grant Skills training will provide vital grantsmanship skills for all types of municipal officials, town clerks, highway supervisors, board members, public health and nonprofit organizations, development and program managers, fundraising committees, community volunteers, and anyone interested in learning solid foundational skills in grant writing and program management.

Southern Tier West has identified a need among regional constituents for a higher level of training in developing grant proposals and project management strategies, especially with the new Consolidated Funding Application process utilized by New York State. Many municipal entities, community and economic development groups, and nonprofit organizations are competing for limited available grant funds, and the Essential Grant Skills training will teach key strategies in the grantsmanship process that can strengthen an application’s competitiveness.

Early registration is encouraged for this training because class size will be kept small so that the experience is as individual as it is comprehensive. Tuition for the two-day training is $445 per person, which includes all supplies, curriculum materials, access to technology, and a light breakfast and full lunch. Southern Tier West Development Foundation is offering $100 tuition subsidies to pre-approved applicants.

Please contact Southern Tier West for more details and eligibility requirements for the pre-approved tuition assistance. To register for the Essential Grant Skills training or for more information, please contact Kimberly LaMendola or Nicole Nyznyk at Southern Tier West, 716-945-5301 or www.southerntierwest.org.

Southern Tier West was founded on the philosophy that efforts on the regional level can effectively augment those of the counties and communities in solving problems and improving the total environment. Southern Tier West is headquartered in Salamanca (Cattaraugus County) and serves Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties of NYS. The mission of Southern Tier West is to help coordinate and enhance planning and development activities in Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties that will promote social, physical, and economic development throughout the region.

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