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For immediate release Tuesday, March 15, 2016
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams, Director of Public Relations    
Birmingham Public Library                                               
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                                                        
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Free Introduction to Grant Writing Workshop to be held at Central Library on Monday, March 21

  BIRMINGHAM, AL-If you want to learn the ins and outs of getting a grant, you don’t want to miss Introduction to Grant Writing, a free workshop by Kimberly Richardson taking place on Monday, March 21, at the Central Library in downtown Birmingham. The workshop will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Arrington Auditorium at the Linn-Henley Research Building, 2100 Park Place.

Richardson is the president and owner of Kimberly Richardson Consulting, LLC, specializing in the provision of federal grant writing, management and technical assistance to municipal, non-profit, and faith-based organizations in Alabama and nationwide. With over 20 years of grants experience gained from working in the non-profit and public sectors, Kim has successfully secured funding from every segment of the grant-making community, including government agencies, corporate funders, and foundations.
 
"Most people think there's something magical about grant writing, but there's really a science to the process,” Richardson said. “Anyone who takes the time to learn the basics will have a much better likelihood of success. After that, you just need to keep writing."
 
During the Introduction to Grant Writing workshop, Richardson will share quick and insightful methods for successfully developing your grant proposal. Topics will include resources to identify grant opportunities, standard components of a proposal and common mistakes. The workshop is targeted to individuals, representing non-profit organizations, schools, and government or other public agencies. Grants for business start-ups will not be addressed.
 
Richardson is credited with leveraging her experience to benefit her clients and has secured and successfully managed over $65 million in grant awards. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Baldwin-Wallace University in Ohio and a Master's of Science in Urban Studies from Cleveland State University. In 2009, she became the first grant writer in the State of Alabama to obtain the Grants Professional Certified (GPC) credential awarded by the Grants Professional Certification Institute, and she is currently the only grant professional in the state holding this distinction.
 
Richardson recently held a grant-writing workshop for a packed audience at the Hoover Public Library. The Central Library workshop is free, but registration in advance is required. Limited spots remained available as of Tuesday, March 15. Register at www.kimrichardsonworkshop.eventbrite.com  or by calling (205) 226-3610.
 
For more information on Kimberly Richardson Consulting, go to www.kimrichardsonconsulting.com
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