Grant Writing Essentials for Local Development Districts


Virtual Training

September 14 – October 15, 2020

Pre-recorded content release: September 14, 21; October 5, 12 at 8:00 am Eastern

Live instruction: September 17, 24; October 1, 8, 15 at 2:00 pm Eastern

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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 want to expand their understanding of the fundamentals of grant writing and the resources that are available through different Federal agencies.

DDAA will deliver sessions virtually in a blended learning format.  Attendees will receive pre-recorded webinars and resources that will be released every other week beginning September 14th through October 15th.  The pre-recorded materials are available for you to review at your own pace.

In addition to the pre-recorded webinars, DDAA will sponsor four live webinars 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.

DDAA Members: $195
Non-Members: $390

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