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FOUNDATION LOGONovice Grant Writers and Those Wanting to Learn a New Skill Encouraged to Attend

Writing grant applications is a task faced by most nonprofit organizations on a regular basis. For some it’s a chore and for others it’s an engaging exercise and opportunity to share your organization’s story and hopefully receive funding. Whether you’re a nonprofit staff, board member or volunteer and want to help raise funds for your organization, this workshop will inspire you to start writing grant proposals or will help you to improve your skills.

The Telluride Foundation invites local and regional community members to this free Nonprofit Grant Writing Workshop to be held Tuesday, June 11, 1:00pm – 4:00pm in the Program Room of the Telluride Wilkinson Library, located at 100 W. Pacific Avenue. The workshop, taught be April Montgomery, Programs Director at the Telluride Foundation, will cater to beginner grant writers, but all levels are welcome. During the afternoon, Montgomery teams up with Sarah Landeryou, Public Service Coordinator at the Telluride Wilkinson Library, who will explain how and where to research grant opportunities, as well as resources provided at the library.

Montgomery has worked as the Programs Director for the Telluride Foundation for over six years, where she manages their grant programs, as well as writes grants for their programs and initiatives. She has been writing grants for nonprofits and government organizations for over 15 years, helping to raise millions in dollars for those organizations.

“I believe that anyone with basic computer and writing skills, as well as the passion for a cause can learn to write a good grant application,” said Montgomery, “Like any skill, you can improve your grant writing with practice, and it’s a great way, as a volunteer, board member or staff person, to help a great cause.”

Anyone interested in attending this workshop is asked to RSVP to April Montgomery at 728-8717 or  

The grant-writing workshop is one of several free Nonprofit Building Capacity Workshops being provided by the Telluride Foundation in 2013.   Remaining workshop topics and dates are as follows:

·      July 9, 1 p.m. –  3p.m.: Eight Guiding Principles in Social Media, Craig Howe, Telluride Library Program Room
·     August 1, 10 a.m. – Noon: Program Evaluation and Demonstrating Outcomes, Telluride Library Program Room
·     August 23, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Pitch to Win, Martha Genlaw, Telluride Fire District Meeting Room
·     Sept. 27, 9 a.m. – Noon: Applying Small Business Practices to your Nonprofit for Enhanced Sustainability, Marilyn Laverty, Telluride Library Program Room
About the Telluride Foundation:

The Telluride Foundation exists to create a stronger Telluride community through the promotion and support of philanthropy.  It is a nonprofit, apolitical community foundation that provides year-round support for local organizations involved in arts, education, athletics, charitable causes, land conservation and other community-based efforts through technical assistance, education and grant making.  As a grant maker, the Foundation awards grants to qualified applicants that serve the people living and working in the Telluride area for the purpose of enhancing the quality of life within the region.  For more information on the Telluride Foundation, visit

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