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Cherokee Nation Grant Writing / Grants Management March 19-20

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17675 South Muskogee Avenue

Tahlequah, OK 74464

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Fundamentals of Grant Writing and Grants Management

Course Description: Grant Writing

Day One is dedicated to grant writing. Attendees will be exposed to the basic skills and know-how to facilitate community involvement along with comprehensive and strategic planning to establish a dedicated project team to research and identify potential grant sources and develop the attitude and fortitude needed to write competitive grant proposals successfully. This presentation will show grant writers how to gain competence in writing typical grant narrative components, including a precise statement of need and goal development using a Logic Model formula, as well as a concise description of program/project design, systematic evaluation based on objectives, reliable sustainability build on a reliable funding system, a transparent budget, and a conclusive executive summary. This session is especially appropriate for individuals interested in Native-centric grants.

Training Objectives: Grant Writing

  • Identify the main needs that directly impact your community or organization’s members.

  • Ascertain the primary roles of a project team and strategic partners, and define the leveraging resources.

  • Develop a SWOT Analysis and Logic Model to establish realistic goals and a foundation.

  • Understand and write a real or hypothetical draft of a competitive grant application including each component of the narrative and the budget.

  • Compare the objectives and requirements of major funding sources, including federal agencies, foundations, corporate firms, private philanthropic organizations, and community entities.

  • Navigate and search for grant opportunities using the primary online websites.

Course Description: Grants Management

Day Two is dedicated to grants management and engages tribal leaders, managers and directors in the discussion of generally acceptable methods and legal requirements of managing a grant. This training will discuss methods to plan and strategize for effective grant management and focus on the OMB Super Circular 2 CFR 200 including accepted financial, managerial and accounting principles. It will explain how effective grant management results in less confusion throughout the grant cycle, lessens the chances of having to return funds and increases future opportunities for funding in the future.

Training Objectives: Grants Management

  • Gain an understanding of why careful planning and strategies are necessary for an effective grant management process (meaning how to avoid major issues from inception to close of the grant award); and

  • Learn how standards of generally accepted financial, managerial, accounting and cost principles are applied to grants covered by OMB “Super Circular” 2 CFR Part 200, federal regulations and the awarding agency; and

  • How to recognize the parties involved in the grant award and all the roles and responsibilities of everyone; and

  • See how practicing auditing techniques of grant funded programs can assist in effective grant management; and

  • Share knowledge, resources and information of best practices to build capacity within the tribal grant communities.


Vince Franco

Vince Franco joined the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Native Learning Center in 2011. Before joining the NLC, he was the Executive Director of the Marine Industry Education Foundation of Palm Beach County - a 501 (c) (3) charitable nonprofit organization that supports youth oriented programs. In that capacity, he developed and managed numerous fundraising and outreach events, including conferences and workshops, specialized training programs, unique tournaments and outings, as well as scholarships and endowments, planned giving, and grants. Prior to working in Florida, he held the position of Executive Director of the Central Pennsylvania College Foundation and the Vice President of Education for Associated Builders and Contractors, Keystone Chapter near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Vince has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Northern Illinois University.

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Registration is FREE for Native Americans and Those Working Within Indian Country. In accordance with 2 CFR Chapter II Part 200, OMB Super Circular, Subpart E (Cost Principles), Provision 200.432 (Conferences), the Native Learning Center exercises discretion and judgment in ensuring that costs for conferences, training, technical assistance, and all other meetings and events (including retreats, seminars, symposiums, workshops, etc.), are appropriate, necessary, and managed in a manner that minimizes costs to its Federal award. 

The Native Learning Center is a Model Program supported by the Indian Housing Block Grant awarded by the Office of Native American Programs, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The opinions contained in education, training and technical assistance sessions are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the Native Learning Center, Seminole Tribe of Florida, Office of Native American Programs, or the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. References to specific agencies, organizations, firms, products, services, processes and procedures should not be considered an endorsement by the listed entities. Rather, the references are informational and illustrations to supplement discussions of the issues.

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