More than 30 get grant training in Promise Zone

Patterson explains the grant-writing process to a group at the Lowcountry Council of Governments in Yemassee. Photos by Andy Brack.

APRIL 24, 2017  |  More than 30 people received grant training in classes last week in Bamberg and Yemassee to help give area leaders more confidence and tools to submit more applications for funding.  The classes, taught by South Carolina native Patrick Patterson of Global Partners for Fathers & Families, were funded through a technical training grant to the Center for a Better South by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In the months ahead, the Center for a Better South plans to have more classes to teach nonprofit and entrepreneurial skills to people who live and work in the Promise Zone, a federal designation that benefits persistently challenged counties in the federal grant process.  The next class on May 9 is an Entrepreneurial Boot Camp.  (Note:  This class is full.)

April 20 training in Bamberg

More than a dozen people met April 20 at the Bamberg County Public Library for the all-day training, which focused on providing tools to make grant-writing more understandable.  Part of the benefit of living inside the Promise Zone is it provides extra points on an array of federal grant applications that can give applicants the leg up they need to win funding.  Some photos:

Gidget Stanley-Banks of Allendale offered observations during the training.

Leaders listened carefully during the Bamberg training.

Columbia resident Courtni Miller made a point during the class as Allendale’s Kiwania Sanders looked on.

The Bamberg training class was a diverse group of area leaders.

April 21 training in Yemassee

On the following day, Patterson met with 17 people at the Lowcountry Council of Government’s facility in the Point South/Yemassee area for the same class to help build capacity for organizations to make grant applications.  Some photos:

Richard Guisti Sr. of Ridgeland discussed material during the Yemassee class as Kathy Bradford of Beaufort, left, and Brenda Singleton of Hardeeville, look on.

Patterson makes a point. In the background are participants Geneathea Williams, left, and Jessie Gooding, both of Walterboro.

From left are Yemassee Police Chief Greg Alexander, USC Salkehatchie Prof. David Cherry of Walterboro and Joanna Brailey of Garnett, S.C.

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