NEWS: Center to offer two grant-writing courses in Promise Zone

One-day, intensive training sessions seek to catalyze requests for funding in region

The Center for a Better South will offer one-day grant-writing courses in February and March by recognized professionals to help organizations improve skills for seeking federal funding available through the S.C. Promise Zone.

“We’ve heard in focus groups this fall from Jasper County to Barnwell County that people want specialized training so that they can apply for various federal grants that are available to organizations and communities through the Promise Zone designation,” Better South President Andy Brack said.  “Our new grant-writing sessions are the first of several entrepreneurial training opportunities designed to help people learn more so we can accomplish Promise Zone goals.”

Feb. 3 training to be in Allendale

Noted grant-writing professional Patrick Patterson of North Carolina will lead an all-day class at the University of South Carolina-Salkehatchie campus in Allendale on Feb. 3, 2017.  He will focus on how to write compelling grant applications, how to find funding opportunities and more.

  • Time:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3, 2017
  • Location: LRB 101 (conference room in the library), USC-Salkehatchie, 465 James Brandt Blvd., Allendale, S.C.

March 4 training set for Walterboro

South Carolina native Vanessa Nelson-Reed will offer an all-day training session through the University of South Carolina in Walterboro on Saturday, March 4, 2017.  Her class will be similar to the one offered on Feb. 3, 2017.

  • Time:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 4, 2017
  • Location: Board room, Colleton County School District, 611 Colleton Loop, Walterboro, S.C.

Interested in attending?

There is no cost to attend either course.  But to attend, you must register.  Each class is limited to 15 participants.

  • To register for one of the classes, please go to the link below and follow the instructions for registering.

Important information

  • Attendance is limited.  Reservations are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.  If a class fills up, you will be put on a waiting list in case a spot opens.  If a spot does not open, we will contact you when a new class is offered.
  • Lunch will be provided.  Participants will receive a catered, boxed lunch at midday.
  • No show policy.  If you register and can’t come, please let us know as soon as possible so we can make a space available to someone else.  If you reserve a place and don’t attend, you will be billed $20 to reimburse the Center for lunch.  Signing up for the class is a commitment by you to attend for free or pay the lunch fee if you don’t.
  • Transportation.  You will have to provide your own transportation to a class.  However, we encourage people in Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties to attend the Walterboro session, while the Allendale class will be closer for people who live in Allendale, Bamberg and Barnwell counties.
  • Questions.  Please send questions by email to:

Trainings offered by the Center are provided through a Rural Business Development Grant  awarded in 2016 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Center for a Better South was a leading driver of the area’s combined effort to apply for and be successful in winning the federal designation for the region to be a Promise Zone.  You can get updates on the Promise Zone at its website:

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