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    Workshop Offered to Help Organizations Develop Compelling Grant Proposals

    Northeast Iowa – Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) will be hosting the workshop “Grant Seeking 101: Turning Great Ideas into Compelling Proposals” on Tuesday, March 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The workshop will be held in The Gathering Room at the Amdal-Odland Heritage Center (across the street from Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum), 523 West Water Street, Decorah, Iowa.

    Workshop participants will learn the fundamentals of identifying grant opportunities and writing successful proposals to secure grant funding for their organizations. This workshop will focus specifically on grant seeking from private sector sources, though basic techniques will also be applicable to government requests. Participants will explore print and electronic resources to research prospective funders, draft the opening elements of a grant proposal, and discuss practical tips for getting their proposal noticed and read.

    Jeanie Lovell, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Luther College in Decorah, will present the workshop. Lovell has been with the college since 1993 and serves as co-director of the college’s $50-million Sesquicentennial Fund. Since joining the fund-raising team, she has written and/or edited over 430 grant proposals, generating more than $20.2 million in corporate and foundation support for the college. During lunch, Carolynn Sween of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa and Stacy Van Gorp of the McElroy Trust will be on hand to share what they specifically look for in successful grant proposals.

    “This workshop is a great opportunity to learn helpful tips and common misconceptions when it comes to grant proposal writing,” commented Don Short, SSNHA President. “With nearly 20 years of experience, Lovell brings a wealth of knowledge to the topic of fundraising.”

    Registration is due March 16 and limited to 30 participants. The registration fee is $45 per person affiliated with a designated SSNHA Partner or Emerging Site and $55 per person for all other participants. A special group rate of $100 is being offered for three individuals from the same organization. Registration forms are available online under the “Resources” section at

    Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area is one of 49 federally designated heritage areas in the nation and is an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. The Heritage Area covers 37 counties in the northeast quadrant of Iowa. Interstate 80 borders it on the south and Interstate 35 borders it on the west. Through a network of sites, programs and events, SSNHA interprets farm life, agribusiness and rural communities – past and present.

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