Grant Writing Workshop to Offer One-on-One Technical Assistance, Nov 18-20

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BDCC Hosts Workshop as Part of Project Development Series

Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation’s Southern Vermont Economy Project 2.0 is hosting its second grant writing workshop as part of its Project Development Series. The 2019 grant writing workshop which featured over a dozen non-profit experts was over-subscribed. The upcoming workshop, to be held virtually November 18-20, has adapted the format to balance intensive training, and interactive learning.

SVEP 2.0 helps organizations turn great ideas into effective projects, with sustainable funding, successful implementation and management.  Through the 2020 SVEP Project Development Series local organizations can access peer-learning and trainings on project stewardship, financial management for projects, procurement management and grant writing. This workshop is the fourth in the four-part series.

This year’s workshop will feature Anne Lezak, M.P.A. of ADL Consulting. Lezak has extensive experience developing federal, state and foundation grant proposals including multi-million dollar federal grant proposals. For five years, Anne worked as part of a team of grant writers for Advocates for Human Potential in Albany, NY. Anne has led grant-writing workshops and courses at the local, state, and federal level for 20 years, including semester-long courses through Marlboro College Graduate School. Bobbi Kilburn, BDCC’s Director of Finance and Grant Management, will teach a segment specifically focused on grant management.

This grant writing workshop will provide concrete, practical guidance for preparing successful grant proposals. The workshop will address how to organize proposals; develop clear goals, objectives and tasks; and build a compelling case to effectively “sell” programs to funders. The workshop is split into three days so attendees can absorb information and have allotted time for small break out groups. Attendees seeking one-on-one technical assistance can sign up for day three, where they will be paired with an expert grant writer to work with them on a specific grant proposal.

On November 13th, a week before the workshop, SVEP 2.0 is hosting a Funders Roundtable. Presenters will provide updates on grants currently available, and what they are looking for in applications. Presenters will include Preservation Trust of Vermont, Community Capital of Vermont, Thompson Trust, Norther Borders Regional Commission, Vermont Natural Resource Council, Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, USDA Rural Development, Vermont Community Foundation, Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, and The Windham Foundation.

Day 1: November 18th, 1-4:30 pm

  • Basic Tenets of Proposal Writing
  • Making Your Case: Using Data
  • Making Your Case: Telling Your Story
  • Goals and Objectives
  • Developing Project Goals Breakout Session; Share and Critique
  • Wrap-Up; Q & A

Day 2: November 19th, 9 am-12:30 pm

  • Brief Recap of Goals and Objectives
  • Developing Measurable Objectives
  • Creating Tasks to Carry Out Objectives
  • Creating Tasks Breakout Session; Share and Critique
  • Collaboration and Partnerships
  • Tips and Tricks
  • Q & A and Closing

Day 3: November 20th, 8:30-9:30 am (presentation)

  • You Got the Grant! Now What?: Grant Management, Jen Stromsten, BDCC

Day 3: November 20th, 10 am- 4 pm (Individual TA Sign Ups)

Meeting You Where You Are: Individual sign up slots for grant writing technical assistance with experts

  • One hour time slots to receive one-on-one technical for your project and grant from an expert
  • If you indicate that you would like to participate in this portion of the workshop, you will receive a form to sign up for a specific time slot between 10 am and 4pm.

You can register for both the Funders Roundtable on November 13th and Making Fund Finding Fun: A Three-Part Grant Writing Workshop on November 18th, 19th, and 20th at .

About the Southern Vermont Economy Project 2.0

The Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation’s Southern Vermont Economy Project provides training and technical assistance to increase local capacity, skills, and resources in order to advance local projects critical to Southern Vermont achieving community, economic, and workforce development goals. In its second round of funding by the USDA Rural Community Development Initiative, SVEP 2.0 partners include; the Towns of Rockingham, Brattleboro and Bennington; the Windham Regional Commission; Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies; Bennington County Regional Commission; Bennington County Industrial Corporation; Readsboro Hometown Redevelopment Inc.; and Bellows Falls Area Development Corporation. For more information please visit:

About Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation & Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies

The Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) is a private, nonprofit economic development organization that serves as a catalyst for industrial and commercial growth throughout Southeastern Vermont, including Windham County and the towns of Readsboro, Searsburg, Winhall and Weston. BDCC serves as the State of Vermont’s certified Regional Development Corporation (RDC) for the greater Windham County area. BDCC is one of 12 RDCs throughout Vermont. This BDCC activity was made possible in part by a grant from the State of Vermont through the Agency of Commerce and Community Development. For more information visit:

Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SeVEDS) is an affiliate of BDCC that grew from a 2008 grassroots effort, initiated by BDCC, to understand and create long term strategies needed to reverse the economic decline of the Windham Region and plan for the economic impacts from the closure of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. In 2014, after multiple years of regional input, education and data gathering, SeVEDS received federal approval for the Windham Region’s federally recognized S.M.A.R.T. Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). SeVEDS partnered with Bennington’s Regional Economic Development Group in 2018 to develop the 2019 Southern Vermont Zone CEDS. For more information visit:

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 1:00pm