Grant Writing Workshops

BRS develops and facilitates workshops regarding how to write successful grant applications to a variety of audiences. These have included:

  • A regular session for more than ten years at the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) National Brownfield Conference, known as the “Granting Your Wish: How to Write a Successful Grant Application", which emphasizes USEPA Brownfield Grants;
  • Routine presentations at the Rutgers University Continuing Education session on “Emerging Trends in Brownfields,” discussing grant funding identification and grant writing;
  • Grant writing workshops through the USEPA’s Technical Assistance to Brownfields Program, through which BRS has provided guidance to communities from New England to Virginia;
  • Partnering with the USEPA to conduct grant writing outreach in Region 2, which covers New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands; and
  • Developing and presenting the curriculum for a day-long grant writing workshop used by the National Brownfields Association.

The overall message in BRS’s grant writing training sessions is to tell a story. Grant applications need to be easy to read and have a consistent theme that carries throughout the application. BRS also addresses development of a grant writing strategy, including a focus on creating a reasonable budget that fits in with the overall project. While cognizant of what makes an application competitive, BRS also emphasizes establishing a project approach that is implementable and meets the goals and objectives of both the applicant and the funder.