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3-Hour Grant Writing and Evaluation Workshop for Artists, Growers, & Makers

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Sprout Growers and Makers Marketplace

609 13th Avenue Northeast

Door 8

Little Falls, MN 56345

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Did you know that grants are available from state, federal, and foundations for growers, makers, and artists? In the region, grants have been used to support CSAs and arts creation and to provide technical assistance for growers, makers, and artists. All grants require some form of evaluation. Don't worry if the term evaluation is new to you and/or you have had bad experiences with evaluation in the past. We can help you find the magic in evaluation!

Part I: Grant Research and Writing Workshop

This will be an interactive workshop designed to increase your understanding of foundation, government and specialized grants; project/program planning; funder relations; and the common components of a well-crafted grant proposal. We will explore current philanthropic trends across the State of Minnesota and preview powerful funder research tools designed to help us identify the most promising grant opportunities .

Note: Please bring a laptop for this session. If you do not have access to a laptop, Sprout will have some available to use for the session.

Linda Holliday is principal-owner of Impact Minnesota, dedicated to providing the highest quality consulting services in order to help nonprofit, for-profit and public organization leaders make a meaningful impact on the people and communities around us. She has over 25 years of experience in grants research and writing, nonprofit management, leadership development and philanthropy - and successfully authored and co-authored over $25 million in grant awards. Linda was privileged to serve as vice president for organizational development for the Initiative Foundation from 2000-2016. She was selected as a 2010 Archibald Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow, and holds a master of public affairs degree from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.


Part II: "Finding the Magic in Evaluation & Market Research"

In this segment of the workshop, participants will determine what to include in the evaluation section of a grant proposal and explore ways to gather data to help you answer these questions:

Marketing: Who are our customers? Who are our potential customers? What do we want customers to know about us? What do we want customers to know about the work we do? How do our customers obtain their information about our business?

What message should our marketing materials convey about our business? What do our promotional materials say about our business? What marketing strategies should we use to reach our customers?

What have been our most successful marketing strategies?

Operations: How can we improve our effectiveness? How do our customers view their relationship with our staff?

What are our strengths and weaknesses? How can our strengths be built upon and weaknesses addressed?

Stacey Hueftle Stockdill, founder of EnSearch, Inc., grew up on and continues to support a fifth-generation farm in Western Nebraska. Dr. Stockdill earned her PhD with specialization in evaluation, qualitative and quantitative measurement, and statistics from the University of Minnesota. She has conducted market research and evaluations, taught courses for BA, MBA, MA, and PhD degree programs. Regional customers have included: The Brainerd Lakes Chamber of Commerce, Syvantis Technologies, Region Five Development Commission, SPROUT, Hunt Utilities Group, Lakewood Health Systems, the central Minnesota Initiative Foundation and Blandin Foundation. She was the 1997 recipient of the Myrdal Award, given by the American Evaluation Association to recognize substantial contributions to the professional practice of evaluation. She was also part of the Region Five Development Commission team recognized by the National Association of Development Organizations for the Building a Resilient Region and Choose Health projects.

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