First cohort of Grant Writing Fellows secures $1.78 million in grants for Uplands region

This past spring, ROI graduated its first cohort of Grant Writing Fellows. Participants engaged in a 2-day grant writing course facilitated by Purdue Extension to begin the fellowship and then met monthly for eight virtual follow-on sessions on a variety of topics, including:

  • Professional writing,
  • Creating an effective logic model,
  • Building a better budget,
  • Finding the right grant opportunity,
  • Developing partnerships,
  • Program sustainability,
  • Grant management, and
  • Telling your story.

ROI offered fellows matching grant funding of $1,000 for up to two successful grant applications. For the inaugural cohort, ROI contributed $12,000 in match to leverage $444,404 in grant funds. Fellows secured $1,334,904 in additional grant funding that did not require a match from ROI for a total of $1,779,308 invested in the Uplands region! These grants came from governments, corporations, foundations, and other entities.

Fellows successfully secured grant funds to address a host of new opportunities including, but not limited to:

  • Increasing the capacity of three fabrication labs for the Collaboration of Shoals, Mitchell, and Orleans Schools (COSMOS)
  • Expanding early childhood education for White River Valley School District’s preschool program
  • Strengthening substance misuse and prevention programs in Greene County
  • Boosting STEM education in the Linton-Stockton School Corporation
  • Marketing for economic development growth and community prosperity in Lawrence County
  • Expanding broadband in Owen County
  • Supporting youth correctional programming in Martin County