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Learn To Write Grants At This Free Workshop

NORTH FORK — The Sierra Nevada Conservancy is offering a free workshop, “Introduction to Grant Writing,” on Dec. 6 and 7, in North Fork.

This two-day intensive workshop is focused on building grant writing skills for organizations and agencies in the Sierra Nevada region.

“The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) looks to the organizations, agencies, and local governments in the region to help achieve its vision for the future — that the magnificent Sierra Nevada Region enjoys outstanding environmental, economic, and social health, with vibrant communities and landscapes sustained for future generations,” says the SNC. “You are our partners and we want to help you obtain funding to achieve these goals!”

Community, nonprofit, and local government representatives who would like to learn how to prepare effective grant applications are encouraged to attend. The workshop is geared to the beginning (no experience) and intermediate (moderate grant writing experience) levels.

The workshop will cover the basics of grant writing and program development, including:

• How to make your application as competitive as possible
• Basic program development for effective grant writing
• The eight standard parts of a grant application
• How to create a work plan and budget spreadsheet

This will be a small, interactive class. Participation and writing will be required. Come prepared to discuss a real project that you would like to fund and to write about it. Individual assistance will be provided on writing assignments.

The instructor will be Elissa Brown, Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s Fund Development Coordinator. Elissa is an experienced grant writer and instructor.

The workshop will be held in North Fork, tentatively at Mountain Oaks School, next to the Chawanakee School District Offices (33030 Road 228) on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 6 and 7.

On Tuesday, the class will start at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Participants will be expected to put in 1-2 hours that afternoon or evening on their writing assignments. On Wednesday, instruction will start at 9 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m.

If you like to work on a computer, please bring a laptop and a long extension cord. If you prefer to write by hand bring paper and pens. Either is fine. Participants will be sent class materials in advance.

Those wishing to attend can register through Eventbrite at

The workshop is free but $20 will be collected to cover snacks and lunch (Day 1). The workshop is limited to 15 participants, so register early to make sure of a spot.

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