Free GrantReady Workshop for Nonprofits in Halfway

Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) will offer the popular “GrantReady” workshop series in Halfway this fall. GrantReady provides a supportive learning environment for volunteers, board, and staff members of nonprofit organizations to acquire the tools and skills needed to help them become more competitive for grant funding, and better prepared to operate and evaluate their programs and projects.

Sara Miller and Lisa Dawson, staff at NEOEDD, will lead the training. Between them, they have raised over $10 million in grant funding for projects and organizations in northeast Oregon. “We encourage teams of at least two people from each organization to participate in the training to get the most benefit out of the investment of time and effort”, says Miller, NEOEDD Deputy Director.

GrantReady consists of four Saturday training sessions for volunteers, board members and staff members of nonprofit organizations. The sessions will be held in Halfway from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. September 10 and 24, October 8 and 22. Lunch will be provided. Register by September 8 at  or call 541-426-3598.

The four-part series covers:

  • Organizational and project budgeting
  • Components of a grant proposal
  • Funding plan
  • Evaluation methods
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
  • Board relations
  • Foundation site visits
  • Grant reporting

“Participants will also meet staff from several foundations, who will provide insights into their foundations and what they are looking for in a grant proposal,” says Lisa Dawson, NEOEDD Executive Director. “This is a great opportunity for them to begin to make personal contacts in the nonprofit world.”

What past participants have said about GrantReady:

  • “Learning about the different types of grants, (i.e., “Capacity Building,” etc.) was invaluable. Learning the correct budget submission for a grant proposal. Learning about “In-Kind” costs to add to the budget package. Really, there is so much I learned from your class that I can’t praise it enough. I could not learn this same information any other way.”
  • “The resource packets are phenomenally helpful.”
  • “I really appreciated the focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity as an integral part of the grant application process.”
  • “I benefited from listening to other nonprofits in the class as they discussed their issues. Priceless.”
  • “The feedback on my grant proposal was invaluable. What a terrific opportunity to learn exactly what a grantor is looking for gives me confidence that I can propose a successful grant package.”
  • “All of the slides and handouts are going in my permanent files. Their content is excellent in directing my energy in the right direction. And I really appreciate the resources.”
  • “Thank you for teaching a workshop that was grounded in principles of inclusivity and broad in the scope of skills that it provided.”

This program is available at no cost to attendees thanks grants from Meyer Memorial Trust and The Ford Family Foundation