Locals learn how to apply for grants

Locals learn how to apply for grants at workshop in Little Fort

Facilitator Barb McMillan (left) points out the basics of creating a project budget during a workshop on how to write grant applications that was held in Little Fort on Saturday

Facilitator Barb McMillan (left) points out the basics of creating a project budget during a workshop on how to write grant applications that was held in Little Fort on Saturday

By Goldie Krawec

The Times

Little Fort Community Hall was a bustle of activity on Saturday, Mar. 10, when over 50 people from various towns of the North Thompson Valley, attended a very well organized workshop on grant writing for beginners.

The title of the course was “Dreaming your Future into Existence – The Basics of Writing Winning Proposals”.

Barb McMillan, the facilitator, has worked in grant making and social development for over 25 years, including 12 years with Vancouver Foundation. She is currently an instructor in BCIT’s fundraising management program.

The workshop, sponsored by North Thompson Communities Foundation, focused on the skills required to write a dynamic grant proposal for not-for-profit groups and organizations.

McMillan offered the foundation this credit course on proposal writing, condensed to one day, that was specifically designed to assist not-for-profit organizations understand the dynamics of writing an engaging and winning proposal.

The session was interactive and outlined the key elements of proposal writing and provided strategies and tools to make it easier, faster, more fun and effective in the search for grant monies.

This crash course in grant writing focused on the basics of grant seeking including researching funding sources, developing project proposals, budgets and how the proposals are screened and assessed

The Rodeo Rednecks 4H Club provided lunch, a very hearty and delicious meal. The Club has 17 youth members, ages eight to 15 years, plus their leaders. They raise monies to support their club activities.