In an effort to eliminate poverty in rural America and empower individuals and organizations to solve rural problems, the Center for Rural Outreach and Public Services, Inc. (CROPS) provides training, information, and resources on grants.
How to Write Successful Grant Proposals
CROPS provides grant writing training in partnership with US Government Grants. Course offerings include one and two day workshops on grant writing and grants management; one hour webinars on corporate, foundation and government grants; and a Certificate course called Grant Writing as a Career. Discounts are offered to rural communities that wish to host a two day grant writing workshop.
How to Teach Teens Grant Writing Skills
In 2009, CROPS developed a grant writing program for teens called Art of the Dollar – Turn Your Words into Money. By partnering with Jan Mitchell Johnson of Grantsformation, a former school administrator and current grant consultant, CROPS aligned the training with academic standards in creative writing, technical writing, math and science. As a result of piloting the course in three diverse areas of Indiana and Texas, Growing Rural youth have learned to write and win over $30,000 in grants for educational, recreational, and environmental projects. CROPS offers both onsite training for groups of teens, as well as train the trainer courses for nonprofit organizations, teachers, youth clubs, coaches, church leaders, Native American tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations.
How to Find, Write and Win Technology Grants
Technology Grants is an online community created as a public/private partnership between CROPS, US Government Grants, Comstor – a Westcon Group Company and Cisco Systems. It’s free to join the online community where you will find informational blogs by grant writers, downloadable training products, sample grant proposals, and funding opportunities.
How to Set Up a Nonprofit Incorporation
In partnership with US Government Grants, CROPS provides low cost training and professional consultation to assist rural people in establishing nonprofit organizations. A Do-It-Yourself Nonprofit Start up Kit provides step-by-step instructions for incorporating in your state and filing paperwork with the Internal Revenue Service. The kit includes templates for Articles of Incorporation, By Laws, and a Conflict of Interest Policy, as well as how to file for your Employer Identification Number, obtain a Dun and Bradstreet Number (required for federal grant applications), and apply for 501(c) 3 status with the Internal Revenue Service. (Form 1023). The cost of the kit is $100 and includes up to one hour of consultation by Beverly Santicola, President of US Government Grants. Half day workshops on Nonprofit Start Ups are also available.
How to Become a Professional Grant Writer or Start a New Grant Writing Career
Grant writing is now considered to be among the most attractive careers for those seeking not only increased personal income, but also flexible, autonomous, and meaningful work. Driven by the growing need for increased funding, nonprofit agencies are always on the lookout for trained professionals in the grant writing field. Learning to write and develop grant proposals is the first priority for people interested in grant writing careers. Anyone interested in Grant Writing as A Career can contact Beverly Santicola, Executive Director of CROPS and President of US Government Grants.