The Winning Grants and Sustaining Communities Program was developed to train community-University teams in the skills of grantsmanship and fundraising. Planning for the program took place in 2015, and the first cohort began in January 2016. Today the program includes workshops that address federal grants, foundation and corporate grants and professional fundraising. Other topics covered include finding matching funds for grants, reviewing grants and team building for grant success. The workshops are taught by nationally acclaimed grant trainer David G. Bauer.
Teams are co-led by a community member and faculty, staff, or student from UA and address a community-identified need. The program begins in August each year and runs through the following June. During this period, the teams clarify their need, identify potential funders and develop a grant proposal supported by Bauer’s coaching.
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"[The workshop] gave me more discipline and awareness. I think for beginners or less experienced executives and grant writers, the course is an excellent product. Even accomplished executives and grant writers can learn and benefit from this disciplined course."
Mike Dow, four-term mayor of Mobile and executive director of the GulfQuest Maritime Museum's Board of Trustees
"From the Winning Grants workshop, I gained an understanding of how to build relationships with federal entities when applying for funding, thus increasing chances that a proposal is funded. I, and my team, also learned how to determine the personality strengths provided by each team member, which is exceptionally important when combining two academics from different departments with a nonprofit leader. The lessons regarding personalities were immediately useful as, during the same time period as the workshop, my team was selected as one of 15 teams nationally for the inaugural cohort of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Program. The program required intensive teamwork for three years, and our team was greatly aided by the efforts we made to know each other well in the workshop. "
Dr. Billy Kirkpatrick, Chief Executive Officer Five Horizons Health Services
"Because of this program, our project was funded, and Tuscaloosa’s One Place (TOP) was able to serve youth and their families for four years through the JUSTICE program. Approximately 100 youth and their families were served through case management, summer programming, mentoring and crisis management. An underserved area in West Alabama and the state as a whole is with youth navigating the court system. This grant workshop helped TOP to better identify the problem we were trying to address and identify funding to help the identified population."
Amanda Lightsey,Special Projects Manager for the Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Children’s Trust Fund of Alabama (former Executive Director of Tuscaloosa’s One Place)