Library and Foundation Center to offer advanced, 2-day federal grant writing workshop

Advanced workshop will be the first of many as the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library prepares to expand nonprofit service offerings.

Recognizing that nonprofits play a vital role in our community, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is collaborating with Foundation Center to offer more advanced learning opportunities for nonprofit volunteers and staff. On November 30 and December 1, 2016, the Library will host Federal Grant Writing Essentials at the Main Library in Uptown Charlotte. This workshop will be the first of many as the Library makes plans to expand its nonprofit offerings in the coming year.

Federal Grant Writing Essentials is aimed at organizations interested in federal grant funding, including beginning and experienced grant seekers. The workshop will help participants navigate the ever-changing world of federal grants, including identifying funding opportunities, constructing a fully funded grant proposal, and developing a winning strategy for federal grants. Each day will focus on topics that are essential to good practices in seeking federal grant funding. The workshop will be presented by Sudie Alexander, who currently works as the Grants Manager for the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office and is an active member of the Grant Professional Association and the Charleston Association of Grant Professionals.

  • Day 1 - November 30: The fundamentals of seeking federal grant funding . Get the ultimate guide to federal grants with an intensive exploration into how to position yourself for the best possible chance of success.
  • Day 2 - December 1: Tools, tips and strategies for improving your chances for federal grant funding. Gain knowledge and expertise to most efficiently pursue federal grant funding.

Cost: $300 for both days or $175 for one day. Participants may sign up for one or both days. Learn more or register online here . The workshop will be held at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Main Library, 310 North Tryon Street, Charlotte.

“We’re pleased to be able to offer more advanced workshops to address the needs of nonprofits in our community,” says Lydia Leovic Towery, Librarian and Foundation Center Funding Information Network Coordinator for Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. “These workshops will go beyond what we’re able to teach in a free, one- or two-hour class.”

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library currently offers a wealth of services to nonprofits  and aims to expand its offerings in the coming year. Recognizing that nonprofits’ mission-focused work is an essential fabric of all communities, the Library also understands its value to North Carolina’s economy. According to the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits, nonprofits put $38 billion directly into our state’s economy each year , in addition to playing a critical role in helping to shape the state’s future.

Programs, workshops and service offerings to nonprofits can be found on the Library’s web site at or call the Main Library at 704-416-0100 for information.

About the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library: The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is one of America’s leading urban public libraries, serving a community of more than one million citizens in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Through 20 locations, targeted outreach and online, the Library delivers exceptional services and programs, with a mission to create a community of readers and empower individuals with free access to information and the universe of ideas. For more, visit

About Foundation Center Established in 1956, Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed.


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