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~by Steve Yoder, Community Development Regional Educator, Purdue Extension      The thought of writing a grant proposal can be intimidating for folks who are new to the process. There are multiple steps involved, multiple people to connect with, and multiple decisions to make. Mistakes sometimes happen along the way—it’s just the nature of the …
~by Steve Yoder, Community Development Regional Educator, Purdue Extension    Most grant applications can now be completed online with little, if any, personal interaction between the grant seeker and the grant funder. Applicants can conduct research, draft a proposal, and submit their request without ever having to pick up the phone or meet the funder …
~by Steve Yoder Community Development Regional Educator, Purdue Extension   In April, Purdue Extension began piloting a series of training sessions for county extension boards across Indiana. The goal is to gather feedback on the effectiveness of new materials designed to help boards improve their effectiveness in advising and advocating for extension programming at the …
~by Steve Yoder Community Development Regional Educator, Purdue Extension   If you’ve ever written a community grant proposal, you’ve discovered that most applications have a standard set of sections that you need to complete.  Examples include the community need statement, expected outcomes, timeline, and budget.  And inevitably, just about every application has a section at …
~by Steve Yoder Community Development Regional Educator, Purdue Extension   Most community-related grant applications have a section asking for a description of the changes expected within a community if the proposal were to be funded and implemented. Words often used to describe these changes include goals, objectives, outcomes, and impacts. Although all of these words …
~by Steve Yoder Community Development Regional Educator, Purdue Extension    Whenever I facilitate Purdue Extension’s Guide to Grant Writing workshop, there is usually a participant seeking funding to buy equipment for an organization. Sometimes, it’s new uniforms for the volunteer fire department. At other times, it’s a van for a youth organization.  When these participants …
~by Steve Yoder Community Development Regional Educator, Purdue Extension    If you are like me, you appreciate meetings where it feels like the group “got something done” by the time it adjourned. On the other hand, meetings where it feels like the group didn’t really do much–where you wonder if the whole thing could have …
~by Steve Yoder, Community Development Regional Educator, Purdue Extension   In the world of grant writing, funders often look for ways to get the biggest bang for the buck. In other words, they’re looking to fund ideas that result in the greatest community impact for each dollar they give away. Funders owe it to their …
~by Steve Yoder, Community Development Regional Educator, Purdue Extension   Over the past two months, I’ve had the pleasure of working with a non-profit organization’s board of directors from the Caribbean Island of Tobago. My assignment, arranged via Zoom through Purdue’s Farmer-to-Farmer program, matched me with the Tobago Agricultural Society. Its board was interested in …
~by Steve Yoder, Community Development Regional Educator, Purdue Extension   Many years ago, a mentor of mine, who was helping me develop the structure of a non-profit board, mentioned something that stuck with me. “Of all the committees that a board needs,” he said, “the most important is a governance committee.” In the years since, …