A CSUSB Zoom workshop demonstrated how to improve one’s grant writing abilities with additional information and tips on how to be successful.
The event was hosted and led by Michele Skilijan, who serves as executive director of the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship’s Inland Empire and Coachella Valley Women Business Centers. Skilijan guided viewers through a power point presentation which covered topics such as resources, tips and advice for writing a grant, the do’s and don’ts, and other topics.
Skilijan said that the biggest takeaway she wanted from those who attended was, “Successful grant writing is about research, preparation, and answering the questions asked.”
Additionally, she shared some of the most common mistakes she sees students making in the process of writing grants. “I’ve heard from conversations with funders that mistakes are not knowing your funder’s interests or requirements and that you’re not the right fit to the organization and questions not being answered,” she said.
In addition to the help and information Skilijan provided during the workshop, she also shared some things one would need to prepare or start writing a grant as well as dialing in on helping individuals to not make the mistakes previously mentioned.
Kandy Liu, a graduate student in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program, said, “I am currently enrolled in a nonprofit fundraising and grant writing class. We are currently working on a funder list assignment and I thought the session would be helpful and provide additional insight.”
She further added, “Grant writing is a complex process, but it’s nice to know that there are organizations such as the IEWBC that are able to assist. I never really considered grant writing for private businesses or startups, so it was quite interesting to hear business owners’ experiences.”
Olivia Hart, a graduate student majoring in educational leadership, said, “I attended this workshop because I am currently a member of the Soroptimist International of San Bernardino Nonprofit organization. We are an organization that provides women and girls with access to education and training to achieve economic empowerment. Grant writing is an area that I would love to be able to explore and gain knowledge on so that I am able to empower the women in my organization and community by applying for grants to be able to continue our mission for all women and girls.”
Hart shared that a major takeaway from the workshop was the connection to the presenter, who is very knowledgeable. She said, “Since this area is new to me, it is overwhelming, and it gave me a place to start. The resources, websites and information provided was all valuable information. It was more than I hoped for.”