GREEN RIVER – Western Wyoming Community College in Green River has received a Sweetwater BOCES grant for $720 that will discount fees for students who wish to enroll in a grant-writing class the Green River Center is offering in May. The BOCES grant will reduce the cost of the class by more than 50 percent for the first 12 students who enroll.
The class, "Project Development and Grant Writing," begins Monday, May 4, and meets again May 6, May 11, and May 13 from 6 - 8 p.m. in Room 204 of the Green River Center. With the discount provided by the BOCES grant, tuition for the class is only $50.
Maggie Bartlett, head of WWCC's Workforce Development program, thanked BOCES for its support of the "Project Development and Grant Writing" course, which she said is designed to educate members of civic organizations who engage in grant work, as well as working professionals who might take the course for job-related purposes.
“This grant from BOCES will make the class affordable for individuals and small organizations,” Bartlett said.
The class is taught by Misty Brodiaea Springer, who is the Public Affairs and Grants Administrator for the City of Green River. Springer said the focus of the course was expanded to include civic organizations because Sweetwater County has many civic and community groups whose members might benefit from formal training in how to apply for grants and shepherd projects from concept to completion.
“Many small organizations have dedicated people with great ideas, but they don’t always know how plan a project effectively, and the thought of writing a grant really terrifies some people," she explained. "This class is designed is to help people choose good projects that fit their community and the organizations they work with, and to demystify the grant-writing process. And I plan to make it fun. Well, as fun as possible!”
Springer served for five years as the artistic director of a large non-profit in South Africa, where she wrote successful grants to secure millions of dollars in funding for the organization. Since joining Green River, Springer has helped the city to win a prestigious federal grant and close to $4 million dollars in Mineral Royalties grants. She has also assisted the Green River Chamber of Commerce in funding a new digital information sign with four grants from smaller regional organizations.
The fee for "Project Management and Grant Writing" is just $50 for the first 12 people who enroll. For more information, or to register for the class, go to www.wwcc.wy.edu/workforce or call Workforce Development at (307) 872-1326.