A grant writing workshop with a focus on identifying funding for community projects is set for Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Highmore, S.D. “Writing Your Future” is the theme of the workshop which is being co-hosted by SDSU Extension and Highmore Civic and Commerce.

Presenters at the event will include a panel discussion among representatives with the South Dakota Community Foundation, The Wellmark Foundation, the Rural Electric Economic Development Fund, South Dakota Arts Council and USDA Rural Development.

SDSU Extension Community Vitality Specialist Peggy Schlechter said that SDSU Extension has coordinated several similar grant writing workshops around the state with positive feedback from participants. Among them is Highmore business owner Beth Simonson, who attended a grant writing workshop in Gregory last spring.

“It’s a good opportunity for community members to learn what’s available. There is a lot of information and ideas to be gained,” says Simonson. Her experience spurred her to get Highmore Civic and Commerce to bring the workshop to their region of the state.

Schlechter will open the Highmore program with an overview about finding the right grant, letters of inquiry, request for proposals, matching funds, grant management and evaluations. Next, Weiwei Zhang will discuss how to research demographics and geographical data for grant proposals. Zhang is an SDSU assistant professor of sociology and rural studies and director of the Census Data Center.

Other presentations during the day-long workshop will include how to search funding opportunities online and information on grant writing assistance that is available.

The workshop will be held at the Hyde Co. Memorial Auditorium, 125 2nd St. SW, in Highmore. Registration will begin at 9:45 a.m. with presentations starting at 10 a.m. and concluding at 4 p.m. The event is open to anyone interested. Pre-registration is requested by Nov. 8, for registration details contact Beth Simonson by calling (605) 852-2540 or email beth@hydeoutbnb.com.

Additionally, SDSU Extension is coordinating a grant writing workshop to be held in Hot Springs, S.D., on Dec, 4 from noon to 5 p.m. with details forthcoming.

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