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Grant workshops offered in Hazard and Morehead

Grant Workshop at HCTC

Hazard Community & Technical College (HCTC) is partnering with SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region), Grant Ready Kentucky, Mountain Association, What’s Next EKY? and the Promise Zone to host a Grants 101 and 201 Workshop in Hazard and Morehead. HCTC’s Melissa Vermillion will lead the sessions.

This hands-on introduction to grant writing will provide the steps and resources to compete and secure grant dollars. 

Participants have two options for the training: Feb. 21 and 22 at HCTC's First Federal Center, One Community College Drive, Hazard or March 9 and 10 at Morehead State University Adron Doran University Center, 150 University Blvd., Morehead.

The goal is to equip organizations with the basics to identify, compete, and ultimately win funding from federal and state governments and foundations. The timing of the two events coincides with the anticipated release of the Appalachian Regional Commission’s (ARC) Power application. 

Registration is only $25 with lunch and snacks provided. Registrants are required to be in attendance on both days and a representative from the organization should bring a laptop. Scholarships are available. Email for more information.

During the two days, participants will learn about and complete actual work related to:

  • Proposal Planning and Writing
  • Reviewing a Request for Proposal
  • Identifying data to validate problem(s) and solution(s)
  • Development Outcomes, Methods, and Action Steps
  • Creating an Evaluation Plan and Budget
  • Discussing Requirement Attachments to Grant Applications
  • Identifying Data Sources for supporting the problem
  • Reviewing a funded grant application
  • Discovering how to find federal grant opportunities
  • Discovering how to find private foundation grant opportunities

“This training will provide practical steps, best practices, and examples, while allowing participants to work in groups, brainstorm, and place their idea on paper or further develop an existing idea,” said Joshua Ball, Chief Operating Officer of SOAR. “We want to empower communities and organizations to not only apply for grants but to be competitive and secure grant funding. That takes planning and a very detailed approach.”

In addition to this training, participants will be invited to submit an executive summary to SOAR to receive FREE extensive grant technical assistance through the Center on Rural Innovation. This assistance includes: Project Design, Writing Guidelines and Mentoring, and Narrative and Budget Development.

Teacher Melissa Vermillion is one of only a dozen people in Kentucky to earn the Grant Professional Certification through the Grants Professionals Certification Institute. Vermillion is a grant writer at Hazard Community & Technical College, where she has served in that capacity since 2012.   

To register,