Lynn Lobel, Grants & Resource director for Queens Council on the Arts, explained the components of grant writing. She was joined by Molaundo Jones, Arts Services Manager with Queens Council on the Arts. 

Lynn Lobel, Grants & Resource director for Queens Council on the Arts, explained the components of grant writing. She was joined by Molaundo Jones, Arts Services Manager with Queens Council on the Arts. 

State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village, Far Rockaway) held a successful Community Development Day event on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at the Richi Rich Palace in Richmond Hill with more than 100 people in attendance. The full day of free workshops featured information on grant writing, fundraising, growing a non-profit, small business or house of worship and much more. 

“Funding is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain,” Senator Sanders said. “Under those conditions, the skills you will be learning today are more important than ever. I am proud to bring this event to the community to make it easier for residents to realize their dreams, and in doing so, potentially benefiting the entire district and beyond with innovative and inspirational services.”
 
Senator Sanders is a strong proponent of community building through economic development particularly advocating for more opportunities for people of color. Although he could not attend the event in person, since state legislators had been called back to Albany by the Governor for a special session, he conveyed greetings to the attendees via video conferencing. 

In the grant writing portion, Lynn Lobell, the Grants and Resource Director, for Queens Council on the Arts, covered grant budget basics including how to fill out an application, writing a letter of intent, writing a letter of proposal, creating a budget and providing documentation and support materials. Lobel explained that those applying for grants should include a detailed project description outlining the who, what, where and why of the proposal. The budget components should contain information about the organization’s expenses (operating costs, money for personnel) income and in-kind contributions.

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