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Grant Writers Learn How To Obtain Money


April 20, 2017

(Left to right) Lisa Sheffield, adult services librarian at Transylvania County Library, assists Kristen Gentry, youth and community outreach coordinator for the C.A.R.E. Coalition, with the online grant search process during the grant writing workshop.

More than 30 nonprofit staff members and volunteers participated in a free Grant Writing Workshop Thursday, April 13, in the Rogow Room at the Transylvania County Lib-rary. United Way of Transylvania County's TRAIN Program and the Transylvania County Library partnered to present the event.

The workshop provided group instruction and individualized assistance with a goal of bringing "outside" grant money into the county. Topics included identifying good funding sources, optimizing funding searches, navigating the Foundation Center online database and best practices in grant writing.

"In addition to providing access to the Foundation Directory Online, The Transylvania County Library offers an array of resources to help local non-profit agencies in serving their client base - from appointments for one-on-one technical or research assistance, to resources like that provide self-paced online classes, to a targeted collection of print resources to assist nonprofits," said Lisa Sheffield, adult services librarian at the library.

"It was wonderful to see so many enthusiastic people working together to serve our community. United Way, through TRAIN, is excited to explore another way of supporting the non-profit agencies that serve Transylvania County residents," said Colin Kirk-man, TRAIN specialist for United Way of Transyl-vania County.

The grant-writing workshop was the first in a series of educational topics presented by TRAIN. The series will provide practical, applicable information and training that individual agencies may not have the time or resources to explore independently.


TRAIN (Transylvania Resource Access and Information Network), funded by United Way of Transylvania County, is a collaborative network of community health and human service resources. TRAIN improves communications between Transylvania County agencies, both public and private, in order to promote more efficient use of community resources. TRAIN provides direct support to local nonprofit entities through TRAIN roundtable meetings, newsletters, database administration, meeting space, and


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