Introduction to Grant Writing

The ability to secure grants and other funding opportunities is critical to the success of organizations across many industries. With the right planning and processes, ideas can grow into successful programs, and projects can turn into organizations, but it all starts with an application or proposal. For to many, the process of writing grants or proposals is a daunting mystery. Missed opportunities and/or poorly executed proposals lead to continued frustration or rejection. In other cases, well-crafted proposals end up with the wrong “funder” and go nowhere.

In this three-part workshop series participants will:

  • develop an understanding of grants and other funding opportunities
  • develop applications and proposals that will meet the funding priorities and guidelines, thus increasing their chances of getting funded
  • develop a step-by-step approach to identifying and evaluating funding opportunities
  • prepare for, plan, and develop a proposal that is consistent with each funder’s goals
  • examine each component of the proposal
  • learn how to write and plan strategies that will help each proposal to be competitive

An interactive format will be used, and some optional assignments will be utilized to help reinforce the strategies covered. When possible, participants are encouraged to bring funding ideas or projects on which they are currently working, as some opportunity for feedback may be available.

Cost:  $160.00

Next Session:

Mondays, March 4, 2024 - March 18, 2024
Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Offered Virtually via Zoom



Email or call 607-936-5501 for more information on upcoming dates or opportunities for your corporate training needs!

Businesses in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben interested in seeking funding to send promising leaders from their organizations to this training should contact CSS Workforce NY at 607-937-8337. 

SUNY Corning Community College is committed to ensuring equal access to students with disabilities. If you believe that you will need accommodations while taking this course, please contact Accessibility Services by phone 607-962-9262 or email to begin the process of requesting accommodations. We strive to coordinate accommodations in a timely manner, but some accommodations may not be available when you need them if you do not give timely notice.

Your Instructor: Emily Marino

Emily Marino

A 15-year veteran of the nonprofit sector and native of the Southern Tier, Emily has worked for a wide-range of local nonprofit organizations including the Friends of the Chemung River Watershed, Arnot Health Foundation, Three Rivers Development Corporation, the Corning Family YMCA, the American Red Cross, the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, Spencer Crest Nature Center, and the Corning Museum of Glass. She has also served on the boards of Spencer Crest Nature Center, the Rockwell Museum, Southeast Steuben County Library, and the Corning Area Young Professionals. After completing her MBA from the Simon School of Business with the University of Rochester in 2019, Emily served as a consultant for CCS Fundraising, a firm specializing in fundraising and management consulting for nonprofits in Manhattan. Emily also holds a MA in museum studies from Syracuse University and a BA in anthropology from Binghamton University. She currently works as the grants manager for the Chemung County Planning Department, and owns her own independent fundraising and management consulting LLC – Adaptive Strategies Consulting. She is happy to be home, serving the needs of Chemung County!

Adaptive Strategies