Robyn Phillips 
The Center for Rural Development 


Tuesday April 26, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT

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2292 S. Hwy 27
Somerset, KY 42501



Grant Writing 101 w/Melissa Vermillion

Do you want to write a grant or have you written one that was not funded? Knowing the steps to formulating a grant application, be it to a federal source or a foundation, is key to achieving funding.

  • Introduction/Overview (10 minutes)
  • Grant Maker Terms (15 minutes)
  • Writing Style
  • Program Planning & Proposal Writing Format (30 minutes)
    • Discussing the Problem
  • Providing Outcomes, Methods and Process Objectives (1 hour)
    • SMART
    • What are Program Outcomes
    • What are Methods
      • Using an Evidence-Based Approach
    • What are Process Objectives
    • Using a Timeline
  • The Evaluation Plan (30 minutes)
    • Outcome Evaluation (Summative Evaluation)
    • Process Evaluation (Formative Evaluation)
  • The Budget (45 minutes)
    • Direct Costs
    • Indirect Costs
  • Future Support/Sustainability (15 minutes)
  • The Executive Summary (20 minutes)
  • Possible Requested Attachments (20 minutes)
    • Audited Financial Statements
    • IRS Determination Letters
    • Board of Director Lists
    • Organizational Budget
    • Resumes/Job Descriptions
    • Letters of Support
  • Submission, Packaging and Mailing
    • Federal Grants
    • Foundations
  • Finding Grant Opportunities (1 hour)
    • Grant Searches
    • Listserves
    • Building Relationships with Grantmakers

Melissa Vermillion has been a grant writer for Hazard Community and Technical College for six years. She has successful written grant applications to the U.S.  Department of Agriculture, National Endowment of the Arts, Appalachian Regional Commission, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA), the Department of Education TRIO Programs, and several private funders.   Prior to joining the college, she was the director for Aging Programs in Perry County where she was also successful in a variety grant opportunities.  Melissa has a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Morehead State University and is currently pursuing her MBA at Morehead State University.  She has been married to Kevin Vermillion for 27 years and has two teenagers, Rebekah and Alex.