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Great turnout for grant writing workshop in TH

Over 30 people attended a grant writing workshop hosted by two local foundations. Participants gathered information and advice from experts on developing effective proposals. Submitted photo.

From David Hammer, DSACF scholarship officer

On Jan. 9, more than 30 representatives of non-profit organizations in Lake County attended a workshop to learn the ins and outs of grant applications. The workshop was hosted by the Two Harbors Area Fund and featured speakers from the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation and the Northland Foundation.

Speakers Keri Cavitt of the Community Foundation and Erik Torch of the Northland Foundation urged Lake County non-profit organizations to seek out grant funds to help forward their worthwhile missions. Both started with an explanation of the funding priorities and application processes of their respective organizations. Here they stressed the basics like getting an application in on time and being truthful in the proposal. Both speakers were impressed by the large turnout.

“It was great to meet so many nonprofit community leaders, share with them the funding opportunities available, and learn about their funding needs.” said Cavitt, the director of community philanthropy at the DSACF.

Cavitt and Torch also offered a handful of unconventional tips for a strong application. They suggested having someone unfamiliar with the work proofread a proposal and advised communicating with the foundation’s office throughout the application process.

Held at the Lake County Law Enforcement Center, this workshop was an informal kick off for the Two Harbors Area Fund spring grant round. The THAF is an affiliate fund of the DSACF and, since its creation in 1998, has contributed over $470,000 to area non-profits and governmental entities. The 2013 year was a banner year for the THAF, with over $70,000 in grants awarded in the immediate area. Non-profits interested in applying for awards in 2014 are urged to start the process now. Applications are available on the website of the Duluth Superior Area Community Fund and are due to the DSACF office by March 1 by 5 p.m.

The Two Harbors Area Fund was created in 1998 to enhance the quality of life for people in Two Harbors by attracting charitable gifts, making philanthropic grants and providing responsible financial stewardship and community leadership. It is partnered with the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, which promotes private giving for the public good.