Thursday, August 21, 2008



Funding Freebie!

As and educator, school administrator or parent volunteer interested in Federal Grants for your school, here is a workshop for you. See details below for a free workshop on understanding and writing federal grants. Whether you are new to the grant writing process or experienced but want to learn more, this workshop is designed for you.

No matter where you fall on the spectrum of grant writing – complete beginner to seasoned and successful – participating in grant workshops can give you an edge. This is especially true of grant workshops – usually free of charge – sponsored by grantmaking agencies. Not only will you learn new things about specific grants, you will sharpen your technique and enhance your networking skills and opportunities.

Next Thursday, August 28, from 10 AM – 3 PM, Congressman Phil Gingrey (GA-11) will host a workshop for federal grants: Federal Grants Supermarket. The workshop will be held in the Kennesaw State University Social Sciences Building, First Floor Auditorium. Be sure to visit for further location and parking information.

The grant writing session is from 10 AM – 12 Noon. Participants will learn the basics of writing federal grant proposals at a free workshop presented by the Georgia Tech Research Institute.

At noon there will be a session examining federal opportunities for small businesses followed by a contracting and purchasing session at 1 p.m. Federal representatives will be on-site from noon to 3 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public‚ but reservations are required due to limited capacity. Reservations may be made via e-mail to For further information‚ call Congressman Gingrey’s local district office at 706-290-1776.

In general, very few federal grants are available to individual schools in Georgia. (Other states recognize charter schools as local education agencies -- LEAs -- to enable them to go for federal grants and other grants available only to LEAs.)

Don’t let the scarcity of grants for individual schools dissuade you from attending this workshop or sending a representative from your school. Learning how to write a successful federal grant is excellent training for writing any grant. And, you may discover an attainable grant opportunity or two that you did not know existed.

Sandy Spruill is the Grants Administrator for Georgia Public Broadcasting and a member of the American Association of Grants Professionals


Holly Michele Smith said...

Do you know of any other free grant writing workshops in Georgia for November or December of 2008?

Sandy Spruill said...

Hi, Holly! Thank you for asking about free grant writing workshops available in Georgia during November and December 2008. This gives me the perfect opportunity to remind everyone about the workshops offered at the Foundation Center regional library located in Atlanta, GA.

The Foundation Center offers excellent training – many basic classes are free. For more information, go to: Some of these classes also are available in Spanish.

Online training is also available:

Webinars – again, many are free – are available for those who cannot get to the Foundation Center. Go to:

Multiple languages, too! A Proposal Writing Short Course describes how to prepare a funding proposal, including the planning, research, and cultivation of foundation and corporate donors. (Available in English, French, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.)

For other training opportunities, ask your congressional representatives (House and Senate) to put you on the mailing list whenever federal grantwriting training is offered in Georgia – especially in your area. This training is almost always free – and it is always helpful – but registration is required and seats are usually limited.

Also, be sure to check out Georgia Tech Research Institute's Foundations for the Future (F3): . Subscribe (free) to the F3 Funding Forecast.

Holly Michele said...

Thank you so much for the information. I haven't had a chance to put it to good use yet but I will follow up soon. I will let you know how it goes and I will probably blog about it also.

Sandy Spruill said...

Hi, Holly ... and Happy New Year!

Please do blog about your experiences with grant writing and the free training available. Your blogs on this topic will be a valuable addition to Georgia Graduation Stories -- and so helpful to your colleagues.

This is also a good place to post any questions you might have. We all look forward to hearing more from you!

Anonymous said...

Do you know of any other free grant writing workshops in Atlanta, Georgia for April or May of 2009?