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Make Fund Finding Fun!, a day-long grant writing workshop, will feature expert grant writers who will teach skills, provide insights into creating successful proposals, and work directly with participants. The March 22 event is sponsored by the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation’s Southern Vermont Economy Project in partnership with the Vermont Community Foundation and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board. If your community or organization seeks funding for projects or programs, this training can help.


The workshop is designed to serve participants from a broad range of organizations and experience. During the morning, participants will hear from grant writers who have raised and funded millions of dollars. The workshop can also assist participants with a particular proposal, whether it’s in the concept phase or a funding application that’s in the works. Participants will be asked to bring concepts or proposals that they will workshop with the experts in breakout groups during the afternoon. Topics covered will include not only proposal development and but also what it takes to assemble a winning proposal package, as well as navigating the pre-development process, budgeting and compliance.


The panel of experts and trainers will include John-Michael Muise of the USDA; Sarah Waring and Elisabeth Marx of the Vermont Community Foundation; Liz Gleason from the Vermont Housing Conservation Board’s REDI grant assistance program; Gretchen Havreluk from the Town of Wilmington; Becky Bryant of the Windham Foundation; Bobbi Kilburn who administers grants for the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation; and Betsy Bleakie, Director of Philanthropy at the Manchester Community Library.


The Grant Writing Workshop will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Bellows Falls Moose Lodge. Tickets are $30 for Southern Vermont Zone participants (Bennington and Windham counties and the Town of Weston) with lunch and coffee provided, and time for networking at the end of the day.


For more information and to register, visit or contact Sarah Lang, SVEP Manager,  at or 802-257-7731, ext. 222.