Non-profit partners sought for partnership with grant writing course at Tusculum College

Posted on 21 March 2014 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College is seeking local, non-profit agencies to participate as community partners in a new grant writing course beginning Monday, April 14.

Any local, registered 501(c)3 non-profit interested working with students to have a grant application written for the agency during the term of the course is invited to apply to participate. Agencies that are willing to seek to become registered are encouraged to apply as well.

“The goal of the class is for every student to write at least one grant,” said Dr. Michael Bodary, assistant professor of English at Tusculum College. “Ideally we will have one to two students working with each community agency to get a feel of how they work, to learn their mission and goals and to learn the needs of the organization.”

Students will learn during class how to identify grants, as well as how to write them, said Dr. Bodary. He added that working with a community partner, writing an actual grant to be submitted and in the process helping an organization that serves the betterment of the community will energize the students and help them to understand the power of what they are able to do.

“Our goal is to write a minimum of $20,000 worth of grants for local organizations during the 18 days of the block program course.”

Agencies will be asked to participate in class and share information with students to help them accurately prepare grant applications. Any agency interested in participating should contact Dr. Bodary at mbodary@tusculum.edu by Friday, April 11.

All applications will be reviewed and selections of agencies will be made during the first week of class.

“Connecting the curriculum of the course to helping these agencies achieve their goals with additional funding opportunities ties in so well with the Civic Arts mission of Tusculum College,” said Dr. Bodary. “We will try to pair students with an organization with which they have a personal connection to enhance the experience even further.”

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