Series of free grant writing workshops offered in Southeast Arkansas

Carol Sanders | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

grantsThe first in a series of free grant writing workshops in southeast Arkansas is scheduled for Tuesday, April 12, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the 1890 Cooperative Extension Complex auditorium at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB).

Aimed at individuals and groups seeking to connect agricultural producers and consumers through local food systems, the workshops will focus on grant writing strategies for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA-AMS) Farmers Market Promotion Program and the Local Food Promotion Program.

Participants will learn more about the 2016 programs and strategies for writing a successful grant proposal. The AMS is making more than $26 million in grants available to strengthen local and regional food systems through the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program.

Those who cannot make the April 12 workshop can attend one of the following:

— April 14, Forrest City, East Arkansas Enterprise Community, 1000 Airport Road, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Contact Alexis Cole at (870) 630-2005 to register and be included in the complimentary lunch count or if you have special needs.

— April 20, Hope, University of Arkansas Community College at Hope, Hempstead Hall, 2500 S. Main St., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Contact Kandi Williams at (903) 306-8663 to register and be included in the complimentary lunch count or if you have special needs.

— April 21, Eudora, Chamber of Commerce, 125 S. Main Street, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Contact Travis Collins at (870) 355-7007 to register and be included in the complimentary lunch count or if you have special needs.

Those planning to attend the workshop in Pine Bluff on April 12 should contact Kelly Luckett at (870) 575-7226 to register and be included in the complimentary lunch count or if they have special needs. The UAPB 1890 Extension Complex is located at the corner of Oliver Road and L.A. “Prexy” Davis Drive in Pine Bluff.

The grant writing workshops are sponsored by the UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences; the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture; the Regional Rural Development Centers; the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture; and the USDA-AMS.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Program offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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