Demystifying the World of Grants

Tuesday, April 25, 2022

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10:00AM-4:00PM
$75 (Includes lunch, resources and materials, and a Certificate of completion issued by the San Diego County Office of Education)
ULA, MLA, CB, PK, E, M, H, HE

Presenters: Gabriela B. Delgado, Senior Manager; Michelle Houle, Program Specialist, Grant Services, San Diego County Office of Education, San Diego, CA

Are you curious about grants? Does your school or community-based organization need additional funding for specific projects? Could you use some help getting started? If so, this workshop is for you!

The world of grants can often be complex and confusing. Participants will engage in a “crash course” to help them understand and practice the foundational skills needed to explore the pre-award phase of the grant life cycle. The presenters have over 30 years of experience as grant professionals and secured over $100 million in grant funding for their organization in 2021-22.

This workshop will include a combination of lecture, storytelling, and experiential exercises. We highly encourage you to bring your laptop or tablet to participate in the hands-on activities.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understanding the phases of the grant life cycle
  2. Exploring and identifying specific areas of need that require additional funding
  3. Learning and practicing research techniques for identifying potential funding sources
  4. Getting organized to be prepared to do the work

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Gabriela Delgado roundGabriela B. Delgado
Gabriela B. Delgado has served as an educator and grant professional for over 22 years. She has developed and implemented a variety of grant-funded programs, ranging from small (less than $10,000) to large (multi-million). Her experience includes funding from foundations, State, and federal funders. Gabriela holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration, a Master’s degree in Education, and holds an active certification by the Grant Professionals Certification Institute.

Michelle Houle roundMichelle Houle
Michelle E. Houle is a grant specialist, author, and educator. She knows that the best-written grant applications tell a compelling story. She has published nonfiction and reference works for major publishers, including ABC-CLIO, Gale/Cengage, and Oxford University Press. She holds a BA in Creative Writing and an M. Ed in Instructional Design.  She has received the “Local Author Award” from the San Diego Public Library and is excited to help you tell your program’s story.

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