PEDA - Pennsylvania Economic Development Association

The Essentials of Grant Writing and Research

  • 07/21/2011
  • 10:00 AM
  • Wildwood Conference Center on the Harrisburg campus of Harrisburg Area Community College


PEDA Member Rate: $149
Non-Member Rate: $199

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Registration & Coffee – 10:00 AM

Session I – 10:30 to Noon

How to Write A Successful Grant Proposal -- A step-by-step approach to understanding the essential components of developing a successful grant proposal. This session will cover the A to Z of crafting a winning proposal from conducting a needs assessment and generating ideas to drafting a compelling narrative, goals and measurable objectives, and a workable budget plan. Included will be a detailed, interactive look at logic models as a tool for developing outcome measurements. At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to list the major components of a grant proposal, provide examples of elements that make each component successful, and be able to develop a simple logic model.

Lunch and Networking Opportunity – Noon to 1:30 PM
(Lunch will be provided.)

Session II – 1:30 to 3:00 PM

Finding Potential Funding Opportunities This interactive session will build on How to Write a Successful Grant Proposal. The focus will be on researching public and private funding  opportunities. Participants will be shown how to find potential funding opportunities and to evaluate their fit to your project. Discussion will include when to say “go” and when to say “no” to a potential project and ways to improve your odds of being funded, such as collaboration with other institutions. At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to explore sources of grant funding and critically evaluate funding sources for applicability to their needs.

About the Grants Development Team

The Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) Grants Development Team provides information, expertise, and support in obtaining and managing grants that strengthen HACC’s academic programs and workforce development training, foster teaching and learning, support student services, and meet the needs of our communities. Our community partnerships include industry leaders, small and large businesses, other institutions of higher learning, nonprofit organizations, and social service agencies.

Workshop Presenters

Alice Duncan has been a successful grants development officer and writer at HACC for more than 7 years. She was instrumental in the College obtaining a $2.2M Community-Based Job Training grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. Previous to HACC, she spent 15 years in an academic medical center as a research writer and communications expert. In addition to grants development, her experience includes writing research protocols; surveys; educational materials for patients, physicians, and nurses; and articles published in peer-reviewed journals. She has also been managing editor for 4 newsletters. Alice has a B.A. from Penn State, where she completed all of the course credits for a master’s degree.

Morgan Horton has been a member of the Grants Development team at HACC since 2007. She writes, edits, and prepares grant proposals to private and public funders for support of various College programs. She has been instrumental in obtaining workforce development and green training funding of nearly $1M for HACC. Before joining HACC, she was Grants Manager at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, Information and Grant Writer for Youth Advocate Programs, and Research Assistant for Penn State’s Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP). She earned a Bachelor of Humanities Degree in Communications and Master of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Penn State.

Linda Whipple is a communications and fund-raising professional who has spent the greater part of the past decade obtaining private and public grants in the nonprofit sector. A graduate of Lafayette College, with a master's degree in liberal arts from The Johns Hopkins University, she has played an integral role in private foundation and corporate fund-raising for capital campaigns, scholarships, and programs at HACC since coming to the HACC Foundation and Institutional Advancement almost 2 years ago. She has led HACC’s Grants Development team for the past year toward greater synthesis of private and public project development aligned with the College’s top priorities. 

Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 3.0 organizational PDUs (Organizational Management / Organizational Sustainability) as explained in the Guidelines for Certification of Economic Development Organizations issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and in the Institute’s Policies and Procedures.


Note: This session is recognized by the EDP certification program of the Northeastern Economic Developers Association (NEDA). 

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