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Florida’s U.S. senators join forces for grants workshop

Florida’s two senators, Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, joined forces Wednesday, April 18 to present leaders of multiple federal agencies that provide grants to governments, nonprofits and more in a Grant Educational Forum in Quincy at the University of Florida/Institute for Food and Agricultural SciencesResearch Center.

The half-day seminar was well-attended and featured a program overview through the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the Health Resources & Services Administration, an availability of numerous disaster supplemental funding opportunities, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and other issues or grants.

Speakers not only addressed how to find funding opportunities in many different agencies, but throughout the forum often gave strong advice on how to write the grants in ways so that the agencies reviewing the grants can see a clear picture of what the need is; how much money is required; what exactly the grant is expected to help; and how long it will take.

Other topics included how to create wealth for the nation’s farmers; the cattle industry; cotton diseases; how to conserve water in the Apalachicola/Chattahoochee/Flint River Basin; Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency; and employment opportunities for college graduates. This is not a complete list of grants and subjects covered at this forum.

For additional grant information, call Senator Bill Nelson’s office in Orlando at (407) 872-7161; the U.S. Court House in Tallahassee at (850)  942-8415; or Senator Marco Rubio’s office in Orlando at (407) 254-2573.

By Sandi Beare