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Skill Sharpener: Storytelling for Proposal Writers
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 Export to Your Calendar 10/24/2017
When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
9:00 a.m. - noon
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Rollins College, Bush Executive Center
SunTrust Parking Garage
150 East Lyman Avenue
Winter Park, Florida  32789
United States


Online registration is available until: 10/23/2017
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Do your grants shout READ ALL ABOUT IT?  Or, do they whisper tired facts in stale Need Statements?  Recycling is great for plastics, but not so great for grant proposals.  Learn how to revitalize your grant applications using the age-old method of storytelling, with a modern-day and attention-grabbing twist. 

Workshop format: First half of the workshop will include instruction and discussion, and the second half will be dedicated to work on your needs statement.

Who should attend? Designed for proposal writers with a minimum of two years’ experience and graduates of the Certificate of Proposal Writing series, this hands-on workshop will help you take your grant requests from low volume to hi-def.

Students must bring the following:  

1) A sample case for support or needs statement from previous proposals

2) Laptop (If you need one for this program, please indicate your request in the notes section during registration).

You will:

  • Learn three proven storytelling techniques to increase grant impact
  • Learn how to incorporate attention-grabbing concepts into your storytelling to maximize grant impact
  • Gain hands-on experience applying these concepts to your agency’s Need Statement

Tuition:$80 Members  |  $160 Nonmembers

Instructor: Karen Cole, Independent Grants Consultant

Karen Cole recently became an independent grants consultant after spending 15 years as the Senior Grants Manager for Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida.  During her tenure as Senior Grants Manager, Ms. Cole raised more than $40 million in grant funding for that organization.  Prior to that, she was the grant writer for Harbor House, where in a 1½-year period 100% of her grant proposals were awarded funding.  Before moving to Florida, Ms. Cole was honored to assist with the grants necessary to bring one of the first traveling exhibitions of the Chinese Qin terracotta army and horsemen (dated to around 210 B.C, only discovered in 1974) to the Kentucky Horse Park. 

Ms. Cole completed her undergraduate degree at Brandeis University and received her M.A. in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts and Harvard Universities. She was a member as well as former board member of the Grant Professionals Network of Central Florida.

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