Successful Grant Writing Workshop

The Ashtabula Foundation recently hosted a grant writing workshop at the Ashtabula County District Library, presented by Rob Colby, PhD, Program Officer for Ohio Humanities.  Founded in 1972, Ohio Humanities is the state-based partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Ohio Humanities funds cultural programs that possess a vigorous humanities subject matter to present to their community. Programs that help people value the places where they live, work and play.  Projects funded by Ohio Humanities are those that focus on the documentation, interpretation, reflection and representation of cultural programs for Ohioans.    

Rob Colby, Program Officer for Ohio Humanities, presents a Grant Writing Workshop, January 27, 2017. 

Rob Colby, Program Officer for Ohio Humanities, presents a Grant Writing Workshop, January 27, 2017. 

The workshop was a huge success with 45 representatives in attendance from 32 non-profit organizations in Ashtabula County.  Each participant arrived seeking professional grant writing skills to aid in formulating their specific grant project and proposal for a Ohio Humanities grant.  

Mr. Rob Colby introduced the participants to the Ohio Humanities history and funding and Assistant Director, David Merkowitz spoke on what makes for a successful grant proposal.  Each organization took time to work on their specific grant project during the workshop and was able to receive feedback and guidance from both facilitators. 

Kevin Meier, D Day Ohio Volunteer, shared his grant project idea and his experience with the Ohio Humanities grant writing workshop...  “The format of the workshop was well thought out and very well presented.  It provided us with hands on advice and guidance in grant writing, something I suspect most of us have had little direct experience with.  This benefit and experience will extend beyond any potential relationship with Ohio Humanities which develops.

By bringing several local non- profits together for the workshop, it also provided a great networking tool for our local non-profits to see how we can work together for the mutual benefit of us all.”  

The Ashtabula Foundation’s focus is on bringing this opportunity to Ashtabula County, which will in turn educate and enrich our community on its cultural heritage.  Please visit our website for more information at www.ashtabulafoundation.orgor you may contact our office by email at 

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