Getting Grants! is an interactive workshop that provides an overview of the process to identify grant prospects and prepare competitive grant proposals. It is appropriate for nonprofit staff/board members new to development, or anyone who has an interest in developing skills to secure grant funding on behalf of 501(c)3 organizations, government agencies, or education institutions. The workshop emphasizes program and operating grants. Participants learn core grant skills that include identifying appropriate grant funding sources, recognizing the most crucial components of a proposal and how they fit together, and understanding the grant proposal review process. Participants also learn strategies to write proposals with a progression of logic aligned with funder interests. Following the workshop, the trainer will provide each participant with up to one hour of one-on-one technical assistance in proposal writing.
This event is sponsored by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Rochester Area Foundation, Rochester Chamber of Commerce, and the Rochester Nonprofit Consortium.
About the Presenter
Melissa Cuff is a nonprofit fund development professional with over 22 years of experience developing and writing winning grant proposals, conducting prospect research, providing grants stewardship, and developing fundraising plans. She has held development positions with international, national, and local nonprofit education-focused nonprofit organizations, and has also worked as a development consultant. Melissa is currently the director of development, marketing, and communications at Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa where she oversees a team including responsibilities for grant development. Her background also includes over 15 years of program management, evaluation, and fundraising experience with YMCAs in St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Houston, Texas. Melissa holds a master’s in business administration with a marketing concentration from the University of Houston, as well as a dual degree bachelor of arts in business and music from Illinois Wesleyan University. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and serves as a board member of Friends of Ramsey County Libraries.