ARPA Funding: Advocacy, Grant Writing, & Evaluation

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”) provides $350 billion in additional funding for state and local governments, which is great. It has also meant that the availability of funding and how to apply can vary significantly depending on your location and your organization’s mission or focus. Once you’ve done your research and cleared that hurdle of identifying available funding there is still work to be done.

This might include:

  • Applying to granting organizations or government agencies you are unfamiliar with;
  • Shifting your fundraising efforts into grant writing; and/or
  • Being ready to receive an influx of cash, put it to good use, and track your efforts for reporting purposes.

Our panelists will address:

  • How to communicate with local government bodies, i.e. how to advocate for their organizations,
  • The grant application process and in particular the “cabinet file” that organizations should try to have in place as they are applying for ARPA funding from various sources, and
  • The organizational infrastructure needed to track spending and evaluate programming and report back to funders.

Our panelists:

As the current Director of Social Services for Albemarle County, Kaki Dimock brings over 20 years of experience working for nonprofit and municipal government. Her experience includes 5 years as the Director of Human Services and 6 years at the Executive Director of the Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless. She is deeply skilled in collaboration, management, fundraising, and community engagement.

Suzanne Miller has 18 years of fundraising experience including special events, annual giving, capital campaigns, and grant writing. She has worked in the fields of higher education, community non-profits, and private secondary schools. With the creation of her own company, Skill Set Partners, LLC, she conducts fundraising, educational, and human resource seminars for businesses and non-profits.

Maryfrances Porter, Ph.D., Founder of Partnerships for Strategic Impact™, brings over 20 years of experience in research and using data in leading local change initiatives across service sectors. Partnership for Strategic Impact helps nonprofits, governments, foundations, and corporations demonstrate the impact of their work, and get their data working for them.

American Sign Language interpreters or other communication access accommodations are available upon request. Please submit any accommodations requests to Andrew Robinson, Program Manager, 434-951-9042 or arobinson@thecne.org.


Topic Philanthropy
When Friday, October 1, 2021 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Where Online
Trainer Kaki Dimock, Susie Miller, and Maryfrances Porter
Member Fee $0.00

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