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Foundation for Roanoke Valley’s Grantsmanship Program

As part of our commitment to strengthen local nonprofit organizations, Foundation for Roanoke Valley will offer a comprehensive grantsmanship training program for nonprofit staff members.  This pilot program will assist nonprofits in determining the role of grant funding in achieving stability and sustainability.  The development of this hands-on training program is one piece of an ongoing effort to ensure that nonprofit organizations within our service area have the information and resources needed to operate an efficient and effective organization.

2015-2016 Participants

  • Alex Barge, Easter Seals UCP NC and VA
  • Teresa Carpentieri, Children's Trust
  • Catherine Cummins, Children's Assistive Technology Service
  • Heather Divers, Roanoke College
  • Katherin Elam, Junior Achievement of Southwest Virginia
  • Stephanie Fallon, Blue Ridge Literacy
  • Nancy Hans, Prevention Council of Roanoke County
  • Mary Renwick, Wester End Center
  • Jessica Scaggs, Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Aaron Stubbs, The Rocky Mount Center for the Arts, Inc.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Organization MUST serve clients within the Foundation's service area:
    • Roanoke City
    • City of Salem
    • Botetourt County
    • Craig County
    • Franklin County
    • Roanoke County
  • Participant MUST be knowledgeable about the programmatic/operational needs of the organization
  • Participant MUST have the support of his/her Executive Director (or be the Executive Director) and immediate supervisor       
  • Participant MUST be committed to the program and activities outside of the group sessions

Class Meeting Dates

Wednesday, October 7
Thursday, October 15
Wednesday, October 21
Wednesday, October 28
Wednesday, November 4
Monday, November 30

All classes will be held at Foundation for Roanoke Valley’s conference room located at 611 S. Jefferson Street, Roanoke, VA 24011 from 9:00am until noon, unless otherwise noted during the class sessions.

The program will be followed by six months of support services through May 31, 2016. 

Tuition Cost/Recoupment

Tuition for this comprehensive program is $150, due upon acceptance.  The cost of the program has been greatly reduced with funding from Foundation for Roanoke Valley.  Half ($75) of the tuition will be returned if the participant attends all sessions and completes all assignments for the class.  Additionally, if the participant completes and submits a grant proposal to a funder by May 2016, the other half ($75) of the tuition will be returned.

Each participating organization will also receive a Grantsmanship Resource Notebook consisting of class agendas, notes, worksheets, resources, recommended readings, and more.

Course Instructor Biographies

Jenny Bradley
Jenny BradleyJenny Bradley has been involved in the grants business for more than 25 years. She created the Academic Grants office at Roanoke College and also served as the College's Director of Foundation Relations and the proposal writer for Roanoke's last Capital Campaign. From Roanoke College, Jenny went to Carilion's Biomedical Institute and Research Department where she worked six years with physician researchers to secure grant funding and negotiated contracts with research sponsors.

Now, Jenny is a Managing Partner of CIE Partners, a consulting business working with nonprofits and small businesses in the Roanoke area. In this role, she researches and identifies funding sources, writes grant proposals and concept papers, and conducts strategic planning session and needs assessments. Her client list includes both small and large nonprofits focusing on education, healthcare, social services and the arts.

Jenny has a B.A. in Sociology from Roanoke College and a M.A.L.S. degree from Hollins University. She presents workshops and training sessions on a variety of grant-related topics - funding opportunities, proposal writing and grants management.

Alexandra Bowles
Alexandra BowlesAlex Bowles is a Resources and Planning Consultant who helps nonprofits and government agencies obtain grant funding, design effective service programs, establish networks for collaboration, and more. She works with organizations and agencies in the fields of employment training, education, ex-offender reentry, early childhood education, arts and culture, athletics, and international development. During her time as a freelance consultant, she has secured $19.5 million in funding for agencies throughout southwest and central Virginia, including $14 million for a new Head Start program and $1.4 million for a new ex-offender job training program.

Prior to consulting, Alex was a Program Planner for Total Action for Progress (TAP). While at TAP, Alex obtained $5.5 million in grant funding and assisted in the design of several new employment training programs, including Fathers First and Young Adult Life Enhancement (Y.A.L.E.).

Alex has a Bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary. She was also a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to South Africa and earned her Honours degree in Development Studies from the University of Cape Town.

Application Process:

September 2 Grantsmanship Program application open for submission.
September 16 APPLICATION DEADLINE! Applications and required supplemental material MUST be submitted by 5:00 pm. No exceptions!
September 23 Participant selection process and announcement.
October 7 Participant tuition due.
November 30 Qualified partial tuition recoupment ($75) mailed to organization.
June 30 Final qualified partial tuition recoupment ($75) mailed to organization.

How to apply?

Foundation for Roanoke Valley uses an ONLINE application process.  No paper applications will be accepted.



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