SNS kicks off workshop series focused on enhancing local nonprofit competitiveness for federal grants funding (with video)

Building capacity and fostering collaboration were the predominant themes of the first Southern Nevada Strong (SNS) workshop aimed at improving the region’s competitiveness for federal grant funding.

The March 26 workshop, which was attended by nearly 70 local nonprofit leaders and grant professionals, was the first of four that SNS will be hosting over the remainder of the year.

Click here to view the workshop in full.

Leaders and subject matter experts from local and state nonprofits covered topics ranging from how to work with the State of Nevada Grants Office and building grant readiness, to aligning programs and priorities with federal grant directives and working with grant administrators.

Future workshops in the series will be more technical in nature and focus on skill development.

Tentative workshop topics include:

  • Workshop 2: Assessing organizational capacity and evaluating grant fit
  • Workshop 3: Crafting compelling grants: From narrative and performance measurements to budget and sustainability explanations
  • Workshop 4: Ongoing evaluation, communicating with funders, and reporting out

The workshop series was developed to further the Strategic Framework for improving Southern Nevada’s grant capacity and competitiveness finalized in 2017.

Project partners include United Way of Southern Nevada, Guinn Center for Policy Priorities, Nevada Community Foundation (NCF), and State of the Nevada Grants Office.

According to the Guinn Center for Policy Priorities, Nevada currently ranks 44th nationally in federal grant funding per capita. Increasing the region’s share of federal grant dollars can lessen the pressure on the state’s general fund and ensure critical services and programs are available in the community as the region grows, according to Meredith Levine, the Guinn Center for Policy Priorities’ director of economic policy, who presented at the workshop.

Additional details, including dates and presenters, will be released soon. For more information, please contact