Somerville Media Center: An Introduction to Grant Seeking

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Date(s) - Mon. May. 07, 2018
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


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Somerville Media Center is offering two workshops with experienced grant writer and educator Ellen Gugel. The workshops are geared to non-profit professionals, artists and community members who are interested in learning how to research applicable grants and create successful proposals.

The classes will be held at the Arts at the Armory building (191 Highland Ave) on Monday, May 7th and Monday, May 14th from 6:30pm -9:00pm.

The first workshop will cover grant-seeking, and the second grant writing. Each workshop is $75.
More information about the first class and instructor Ellen Gugal is found below. For any questions about these workshops, please contact SCATV Membership & Outreach Director, Erica Jones at

An Introduction to Grant Seeking, May 7th

Grant writing skills are in demand and valuable to anyone working in non-profits, community programs, government agencies, academic research, arts and environmental groups and even businesses seeking grants or government contracts. This ability is also a valuable skill for job seekers or volunteers serving in community based organizations. This workshop provides an introduction to the grant seeking process including an overview of the essential administrative functions for grant acquisition, types of funding sources, prospect research, cultivation of funders, breakdown of budgets, the anatomy of a grant, examining examples, and preparing a proposal concept.

Participants will gain the following benefits:

-An overview of fundraising in today’s competitive environment
-Hands on knowledge of how to research funding sources
-Knowledge of how to approach and cultivate funding prospects
-Mastery of grant writing basics
-The opportunity to write and have critiqued your own grant writing piece

Ellen Gugel, Grant Professional Certification (GPC), has 15 years nonprofit management and fundraising experience. She has helped many organizations from small, emerging grassroots to large multi-million dollar agencies: human and social services agencies; health care institutions; advocacy, environmental, conservation, and animal welfare groups; and arts and cultural institutions. She has won hundreds of grant awards for her clients over the past ten years. As Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations at Lutheran Social Services (2010-2014), she established a successful grants program. Previously she consulted and served as Development Manager at Tower Hill (2004-2007), a regional botanic garden where she oversaw fundraising including annual appeal, major gifts, membership, and foundation and corporate support and secured $4 million in grants for a $12 million expansion. As the Executive Director of Orenda Wildlife Land Trust (1998-2004), Ellen reinvigorated a fledgling grassroots non-profit dedicated to preserving habitat for wildlife where she established successful grants and membership programs and initiated the organization’s first capital campaign. In addition to Grant Professional Certification, Ellen earned a Masters of Business Administration and Certificate in Public and Nonprofit Management from Boston University.

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