Get Green for Greening: Develop a Winning Grant Proposal for Ecology Projects
Hosted by the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association in East Hazel Crest on January 15, 2016
Topics and Resources
Speakers: Suellen Burnes, IL Dept. of Natural Resources & Sarah Bennett, Faith in Place
Small table topics- Rotate every 10 minutes
How to read a grant and write it from the grantors perspective
Lead: Lydia Scott, The Morton Arboretum
Identifying key items and themes a grantor is looking for and successfully including them in your proposal
Planning for a successful grant application to support your forestry/forest conservation project
Lead: Naureen Rana, Chicago Park District
Organizing your time, determining your information/data needs, meeting with partners ahead of time, and finding a third party to review your proposal
What’s the story? Developing a compelling narrative and creating your key paragraphs that you can use again
Lead: Cherie LeBlanc Fisher, U.S. Forest Service
Writing a strong narrative to describe your urban forestry project, inlcuding important points to consider in developing ‘the story’ of your project.
What is a match? Understanding match requirement, partnership requirements, and budget basics
Lead: Lisa Cotner, IL Dept. of Natural Resources
Information about everything from how to determine which partner should be the applicant to creating cost estimates to how to find and document matching funds.
I was awarded a grant, now what?
Doug Chien, Friends of the Forest Preserves
How to systematically organize your project to ensure all requirements and deadlines are met so that your project is successful. How to match grant expectations and reality and implementation challenges will be discussed.