Two grant-training sessions scheduled for April

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

MARCH 23, 2017  |  The Center for a Better South will offer one-day grant-writing courses on April 20 in Bamberg and April 21 in Yemassee to help organizations improve skills for seeking federal funding available through the S.C. Promise Zone.

“The response to our February and March grant training sessions in Allendale and Walterboro was so great that we needed to schedule two more classes to meet the demand,” said Andy Brack, president of the Center for a Better South.  “With the tools that participants received in these sessions, we hope more people will apply for various federal grants that are available to organizations and communities throughout the Promise Zone to accomplish area entrepreneurial goals.”

NOTE, 3/27/17:  Both classes are filled.  However, we encourage you to register so that you can be placed on a waiting list in case there are vacancies.  Additionally, those who are on the waiting list will get the first chance to sign up for future classes.  

April 20 training to be in Bamberg

Prince Tony Rhone of Walterboro makes a point during a March workshop.

Noted grant-writing professional Patrick Patterson of North Carolina will lead an all-day class at the Bamberg County Public Library in Bamberg on April 20, 2017.  He will focus on how to write compelling grant applications and find funding opportunities.

  • Time:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, April 20, 2017.  The class will start promptly at 9 a.m.
  • Location: Meeting room, Bamberg County Public Library, 3156 Railroad Ave., Bamberg, S.C. 29003

April 21 training set for Yemassee

Patterson will offer a second all-day training session at the Lowcountry Council of Governments’ board room near Yemassee on Friday, April 21, 2017.  It will be the same class offered on April 20.

  • Time:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, April 21, 2017.  Please arrive on time.
  • Location: Board room, Lowcountry Council of Governments, 634 Campground Road, Yemassee, S.C. 29945

Interested in attending?

There is no cost to attend either course.  But to attend, you must register.  Each class is limited to 15 participants.  (See below for more.)

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

Important information

  • Please only sign up for one class. 
  • 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 Yemassee session, while the Bamberg 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 by signing up for email updates.

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