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ASCOG RC&D Council Actively Involved in Community Capacity Building Ac

ASCOG RC&D Council Actively Involved in Community Capacity Building Across Oklahoma
 

Fourteen participants attended the Level I Grant Writing Workshop.
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 enhancement.

Instructors Richard Cox and Lu Kindblade lead workshop.
Instructors Richard Cox and Lu Kindblade lead workshop participants in a brain storming exercise on locating potential funding sources.

Participants receive door prizes at workshop.
Linda Burns (far left), Checotah Main Street Program Director, provided door prizes and refreshments for the Level I workshop.

Workshop participants listen to workshop instructor.
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.

Worshop participants take notes.
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.
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 Woodward, OK.

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.

Submitted By ASCOG RC&D Coordinator Richard Cox, Duncan, OK
NRCS April 2008

Last Modified: 04/17/2008

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