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GrantReady Prepares Nonprofits for Grantwriting Success

Back by popular demand: "GrantReady" organizational development and grant-writing training provides tools and skills needed to help nonprofits become more competitive for grant funding, and better prepared to operate and evaluate their programs and projects. NEOEDD plans to offer this series on the following Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.:

GrantReady consists of four training sessions for volunteers and staff members of nonprofit organizations. Topics include:

  •     Organizational and project budgeting
  •     Components of a grant proposal
  •     Funding plan
  •     Evaluation methods
  •     Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
  •     Board relations
  •     Foundation site visits
  •     Grant reporting

Lunch will be provided. The cost for the series is $100 for the first participant from each nonprofit, with a discounted rate of $50 for each additional participant. Registration links are here for Enterprise and here for Baker City.

“Participants will also meet staff from several foundations, who will provide insights into their foundations and what they are looking for in a grant proposal,” says NEOEDD Executive Director Lisa Dawson. “This is a great opportunity for them to begin to make personal contacts in the nonprofit world.”

What past participants have said about GrantReady:

  •     “Learning about the different types of grants, (i.e., “Capacity Building,” etc.) was invaluable. Learning the correct budget submission for a grant proposal. Learning about “In-Kind” costs to add to the budget package.  Really, there is so much I learned from your class that I can’t praise it enough. I could not learn this same information any other way.”
  •     “The resource packets are phenomenally helpful.”
  •     “I benefited from listening to other nonprofits in the class as they discussed their issues. Priceless.”
  •     “The feedback on my grant proposal was invaluable. What a terrific opportunity to learn exactly what a grantor is looking for gives me confidence that I can propose a successful grant package.”
  •     “All of the slides and handouts are going in my permanent files. Their content is excellent in directing my energy in the right direction. And I really appreciate the resources, such as the list of grant awarding businesses.”

This program is available thanks to a grant from Meyer Memorial Trust.

Save the dates!

Rural Oregon's nonprofit organizations are exploring how diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) can build understanding, strengthen mission impact, and ensure public benefit. To this end, NEOEDD is organizing a series of roundtable discussions for regional nonprofit board and staff to learn, share, and discuss DEI methods and strategies. The next roundtable will be held Feb. 7, May 2, Aug. 1, and Nov. 7, 2018, and Feb. 6, 2019. Details forthcoming.

The sessions include lunch.The cost to attend is $25 per person per roundtable discussion; with a series price of $125. Scholarships are available; please inquire at NEOEDD, 541-426-3598. Registration here.

This program is available thanks to a grant from Meyer Memorial Trust.

NEOEDD Offers Free Website Workshop

Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) is teaming up with MPzero Studios to provide a "Build Your Own Website" workshop this spring—free of charge! Pre-registration is required.

Build Your Own Website
Business owners will determine what they really need in a website, and then review the strengths and limitations of free website tools including Wix, Weebly, and WordPress. This two-day workshop will be held May 18 and 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Tomas Room in the Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce office, 309 S River St., in Enterprise.

The workshops will be led by MPzero Studios, La Grande: Gabe Blodgett, co-owner and director of marketing and engineering, will be the lead instructor and Phil Stoaks, co-owner and director of design and customer service, will be the assistant trainer. MPzero provides a variety of web-design, branding and marketing services.

“These workshops are a great opportunity for business-owners to explore the options and tools that are available to promote their products or services,” says NEOEDD Executive Director Lisa Dawson.

There is no fee to attend, but pre-registration is required. The cost of the workshops is covered by a Community Development Block Grant provided to Baker County, which requires confidential income verification of workshop participants. Contact kristyathens@neoedd.org or 541-426-3598 to request a registration form.