The Talent Academy for grant professionals, a four-month professional development program run by The Grants Collective, has helped 29 New Mexican nonprofit organizations refine their grant seeking processes and secure over $9.5 million in grant funding during the first year after completing the fellowship. The Talent Academy is geared toward local experienced grant seeking professionals who want to rapidly improve their grant seeking abilities, learn through a comprehensive and hands-on curriculum, and set up a robust grant program within their agency. Grants make up an important income stream for the nonprofit sector, which employs approximately 10% of New Mexico’s workforce. In addition to contributing to the economic vitality of the state through employment, nonprofit organizations (which encompass education, healthcare, the arts, and social services, among other areas) raise the state’s quality of life, making New Mexico a more attractive place to live and work.
“Knowing how much money previous cohorts raised, we have the data to show that what we’ve done works.” says Program Manager, Robert Nelson. “Now that we have three cohorts under our belt, we seek to capitalize on this success and help local nonprofit organizations continue to build their capacity to seek and secure transformative, high impact grants.”
Previous fellows report feeling more confident approaching funders, taking risks, thinking big, developing Federal grant applications, and working collaboratively. The Talent Academy is currently accepting applications for its fourth cohort. Accepted fellows will have in-person and online access to curated, exclusive training and resources to guide them in prioritizing needs, determining and connecting to appropriate funders, and crafting competitive applications. The application for the fourth Talent Academy for grant seeking professionals will be open until June 30, 2019.
For more information or to apply, please visit www.thegrantscollective.org/apply-now.