Want to learn how to win a grant for your organization or local government agency?

…how to find what grant opportunities are available?

…how to develop winning applications?

…how to comply with grant requirements?

…how to build a grant team?

Find answers to these questions and more at Grant Ready Alabama. This all-day conference will be held on March 19 at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel. It includes training sessions presented by industry experts as well as question-and-answer panels with public and private funders. Registration is required, and a virtual option is available.

The March 19 conference begins with registration at 8:30 am.  The program opens at 9 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m.

Speakers include:

Ed Castille, Deputy Secretary of Workforce Development for Alabama Industrial Development Training.

Bea Forniss, Community Specialist for Goodwyn Mills Cawood, private consulting firm.

Shabbir Olia, a retired official who helped form the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and headed Community Development Block Grants.

Melinda Stallworth, leader of the Governor’s Office of Volunteer Services.

Patty Etheridge, state projects and grants coordinator.

Maria Kennedy, Executive Director of the Daniel Foundation of Alabama, who consider over 400 grant projects yearly.

Ashely Gann, meteorologist for Birmingham’s CBS 42 Storm Team.

Amanda McBride, Environmental Review Coordinator of the Alabama Historical Commission.

Kimberly Baker, Director of Development and Marketing for Valiant Cross Academy.

Sara Byard, Grant Consultant who secured over $1 billion in funding for applicants.

Jessica Dent, Director of Economic Development of Conecuh County, Alabama.

David Crowder, CEO of Simple Grants.

Jessica Taylor, founder and CRO of Simple Grants.

See the full conference agenda and reserve your live or virtual seat at BeGrantReady.com.

More competitive grant dollars are available now than ever before as a result of COVID recovery spending. Unlike previous recovery allocations, local communities can often compete directly for federal programs instead of having to wait and apply for funding once the state receives a formula allocation. Alabama would be more competitive by equipping its nonprofit organizations, schools, and local governments to submit winning applications and bring these one-time dollars home.

Grant Ready Alabama is a series of conferences hosted by SimpleGrants.com, an Alabama-based consulting firm founded in 2010.  It assists clients with identifying, securing, and managing grant funding. The firm was founded by Shelby County resident Jessica Taylor, an entrepreneur and attorney who helps Alabama communities compete for local funding.

More details here.

Jim Zeigler is a former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at ZeiglerElderCare@yahoo.com.

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