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Training for nonprofit organizations coming to Pagosa Springs

United Way of Southwest Colorado and the Community Resource Center (CRC) are partnering to bring an important training opportunity to Pagosa Springs for local nonprofit organizations. CRC’s workshops are an affordable way to keep up-to-date on nonprofit best practices and current trends.

“Master the New Common Grant Report! Build Your Ability to Write Competitive Grants” will take place 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Pagosa Springs Youth Center, 269 1/2 Pagosa St. Cost is $15.

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This workshop is designed to improve nonprofit organization’s ability to write competitive grants, and to use the required grant reports to position the organization for future success. The three-hour session will focus on best practices of the Colorado Common Grant Application and preparing for the new Common Grant Report, publicly launched in July 2009.

Since its launch in the summer of 2008, the revised Colorado Common Grant Application (CGA) has been adopted by more than 90 Colorado funders, including United Way of Southwest Colorado. Grant makers and grant seekers alike have identified some of the common errors that writers make in their application. This training will cover the best practices of the CGA, and how to avoid the CGA mistakes made by grant writers from across the spectrum of experience.

The second part of this training will cover the revised Common Grant Report Form (CGR), which United Way of Southwest Colorado also uses. This revised Report represents a significant revision and improvement over the CGR currently in use, and consequently will require different kinds of answers than the current CGR. Trainers who have been intimately involved in this revision process will provide key insights into items such as:

• Learning how funders use the information provided in grant reports.

• Preparing to write your Common Grant Report in its newly revised format.

• Reporting financial information for your CGR.

• Addressing successes and challenges in implementing your funded grant.

• Identifying reporting points on general operating versus program or project support.

A limited number of scholarships are available from United Way for local nonprofits. Contact Teddy Adler Finney at 731-0484 to learn more.