Grant Writing Bootcamp for Local Development Districts


Virtual Training
March 1 – March 17, 2021

Pre-recorded session release: March 1

Live sessions: March 3, 10, 17

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In a time of constrained budgets and growing challenges across Appalachia, effective grant writing is more important than ever. This virtual training is designed for individuals and agencies that are new to grant writing or have only written one or two grants, primarily for the same federal agency. This is a “boot camp” version of this course that was previously taught in 2020 – designed to quickly get you up-to-speed for the 2021 grant writing season.

DDAA will deliver sessions virtually in a blended learning format. Attendees will receive pre-recorded webinars and resources that will be released at the outset of the course. The pre-recorded materials are available for you to review at your own pace, although the expectation is that you review the modules in order. Each module is no longer than 30 minutes.

In addition to the pre-recorded webinars, DDAA will sponsor three live webinars (every Wednesday from 3:00 to 4:30pm eastern beginning March 3rd and ending March 17th) with an instructor to review the key concepts and discuss specific topics in greater depth. These live webinars also provide you with an opportunity to ask specific questions you may have about grant writing.

Meet Your Instructor

This grant writing series will be led by Tara Kunkel, founder and Executive Director of Rulo Strategies. Prior to founding Rulo Strategies, Tara served as a Senior Drug Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) where she led the implementation of the Comprehensive
Opioid Abuse grant program authorized by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016. Under Tara’s leadership, the COAP program grew from a $27 million grant program in 2017 to $187 million in 2019.

Prior to joining BJA, Tara served as a consultant, drug court administrator, and probation officer. Over the course of her career, Tara has served as the evaluator for over 20 projects at all points in the justice
system from diversion programs, pretrial supervision, courts, probation, and corrections. Tara has developed and overseen cooperative agreements and grants with a variety of government agencies
including planning, developing, and implementing multiyear grant proposals.

Tara has been awarded well over $30 million in grants that she has written over the past several years. Tara has also taught grant writing courses at several state conferences and is nationally recognized as an expert in grant proposal development, and grant management.

DDAA Members: $195
Non-Members: $390

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