The emphasis in this course will be using real-life examples and encouraging each student to bring their ideas and examples to discuss for brainstorming and problem-solving. Presentation throughout the course will encourage questions and discussions along the way. Time will also be reserved at the end of each session for detailed questions and answers from students’ proposals/grant ideas. Each session will consist of introductions and reviews; lectures; question & answer sessions; assignments; one-on-one.
- Project development and how to align with your organization’s goals.
- Recruiting partners, assigning roles, and types of support.
- Advanced project budgeting.
- Demystifying logic models.
- Measuring success along the way.
- Successful management and reporting.
- Learn how to successfully develop grant proposal components commonly
found in advanced/larger grant opportunities.
- Learn how to manage more complex needs and requirements of larger grants.
TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS, Oct. 10-26, 2023
6 p.m. - 7:15 p.m
MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR
Amanda B. West
Amanda B. West is an experienced nonprofit professional at work in the local food and sustainable agriculture field, developing new and dynamic programming to increase local food markets. She has more than 25 years of nonprofit management experience in the fields of Main Street revitalization, historic preservation, and local food movement.
"I currently work for the family business, West Whitehill Winery, in Hardy County, WV, managing the vineyard and business operations," said West, "I also provide grant writing services to agricultural and community-based clients and organizations."
She is a successful grant writer and manager for local food programming, securing numerous foundation, USDA, state, and local government grants. She has worked with Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College on numerous grants, including the USDA LFPP grant which started the Potomac Highlands Producers local farmer co-op. She acted as the food co-op coordinator for its first 18 months, developing its structure during the COVID lockdown, to strengthen local food systems and small farming enterprises in a five-county area of Eastern West Virginia. She worked with area producers and partners to develop strategy, business plan, policies, marketing, and identify and overcome obstacles to startup.