You are here

Winter 2016 Community Tree Network

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

List of common CRTI region grants


Plenary Session:

Two perspectives- grantors and grantees 

Speakers: Suellen Burnes, IL Dept. of Natural Resources & Sarah Bennett, Faith in Place

Attachments: presentation, 'Avoiding common mistakes' handout



Small table topics- Rotate every 10 minutes


Table #1: 

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

Attachments: handout



Table #2:  

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

Attachments: handout



Table #3:  

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. 

Attachments: handout 1: narrative basics, handout 2: sample narrativehandout 3: sample narrativehandout 4: sample narrative


Table #4:  

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.

Attachments: handout


Table #5:

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.

Attachments: handout