Fourteen participants attended the Level I Grant Writing Workshop held
in Checotah, Oklahoma on October 23-24, 2007. Six of these participants
are members of the Eufaula Indian Foundation, a non-profit for community
Instructors Richard Cox and Lu Kindblade lead workshop participants in a
brain storming exercise on locating potential funding sources.
Linda Burns (far left), Checotah Main Street Program Director, provided
door prizes and refreshments for the Level I workshop.
Workshop participants listen intently as basic components of a proposal
are being presented at the Level I Grant Writing Workshop held in
Woodward, Oklahoma on June 25-26, 2007.
Joe Exendine (foreground right), KAW Nation Administrator, takes notes
as Lu Kindblade, workshop instructor, discusses non-profit organizations
and their role in community development.
Lu Kindblade (standing) assists Potawatomi Tribal members in developing
goals and objectives for their grant proposal.
The ASCOG RC&D Council has worked cooperatively with the Cross
Timbers and High Plains RC&D Councils to conduct six two-day Grant
Writing Workshops across the State of Oklahoma during the past eleven
months. These workshops have provided Level I and Level II grant writing
training to a total of 80 participants, representing 23 different
communities and 27 different organizations across the state. The
attendees from these various communities include the sectors of private
business, city government, local citizens, electric cooperatives,
chambers of commerce, police, EMS, current grant writers and Tribal
government members. Twenty-eight Tribal member participants represent
seven Tribal Nations that include the KAW, Creek, Kickapoo, Cherokee,
Osage, Eufaula Creek and Citizen Potawatomi Nations.
The six grant writing workshops were hosted by Christi Coker, Citizen
Potawatomi Nation Economic Development Director, Linda Burns, Checotah
Main Street Program Director, Kris Williams, Public Relations Director
of East Central Electric Cooperative in Okmulgee, OK, and Paul McCord,
Public Relations Director of North Western Electric Cooperative in
The ASCOG RC&D Council, headquartered in Duncan, provides the
advertisement and marketing for each workshop including flyers,
newspaper releases and letters of invitation to all county commissions,
chambers of commerce, conservation districts, cities and towns, and Main
Street Program offices within a 30-mile radius of the workshop location.
The Level I and Level II workshop instructors are Richard Cox, ASCOG
RC&D Coordinator, Duncan, Oklahoma and Lu Kindblade of Kindblade and
Associates, Ponca City, Oklahoma. Their instructions provides
information that assists participants with identifying a fundable
project, basic components of a proposal, developing goals and
objectives, budgets, problem description and funding research. In these
workshops, participants learn how to write a proposal, learn compliance
requirements, develop writing skills, gain understanding of the grant
review process and proper use of statistical data.
A seventh workshop has been scheduled for June 2008 to be hosted by the
North Western Electric Cooperative in Woodward, Oklahoma, in cooperation
with the High Plains RC&D Council. Roger Dempsey, Director of the
Tri-State Search and Rescue, requested this workshop which will include
approximately 16 counties from three states: Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas.
If you or your organization would like to schedule a grant writing
workshop in your local community, you may contact the ASCOG RC&D Office
in Duncan, Oklahoma at (580) 255-7676, extension 5.