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Sold-Out Silver State Grant Conference Reveals High Demand for Grant Professionals Training

Reno/Sparks, Nev.—Jan. 8, 2019

Nevada’s first-of-its kind statewide Silver State Grant Conference will see a full house on January 11, 2019 at the Silver Legacy Resort in Reno, Nev. Conference registration was initially capped at 200 but due to immense interest, registration was expanded to 300. Organized by the State of Nevada Grant Office and the Northern Nevada Grant Workgroup, the first-year conference will offer grant professionals the opportunity to hear thought-provoking discussions from nationally renowned experts, learn techniques to improve grant writing skills, build networks with grant writing professionals across the state and earn continuing professional education. 

Since the inception of the Nevada Grant Office in 2011, affordable grant training has been consistently requested from grant professionals throughout Nevada. Not surprisingly, conference attendees represent twenty-one different cities and towns in Nevada and three cities in California. Connie Lucido, chief of the Nevada Grant Office, said, “We knew grant training was needed, but we didn’t expect such a tremendous response. Despite the expansion, we’ve had to turn away more than forty people. Though it is disappointing not to be able to accommodate everyone who needs training this year, the high demand together with the incredible support we’ve received from presenters, sponsors, vendors, advertisers and companies providing swag facilitate this conference continuing as an annual event.”

Special guest U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto will welcome participants during the conference’s opening session. After which, more than fifty seasoned grant professionals will be sharing their knowledge through thirty-five different workshops on topics such as developing effective logic models for continuous program improvement and how to prevent common single audit findings. Attendees will also hear directly from several federal agencies regarding 2019 grant opportunities at the pre-conference federal forecast on Thursday, January 10.

Conference sponsors include platinum sponsors Eide Bailly, National Grants Management Association and Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health; gold sponsors Nevada Grant Professionals Association, Southern Nevada Strong, City of Sparks, Washoe County, eCivis and Newmont North America; silver sponsor Grant Navigator; bronze sponsors Heritage Bank, CapitalEdge Advocacy and the Sierra Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals; and copper sponsor Nevada Association of Conservation Districts.

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About the Silver State Grant Conference

The Silver State Grant Conference is a statewide event organized by the Nevada Grant Office and the Northern Nevada Grant Workgroup. The conference aims to bring together statewide grant professionals for affordable, targeted professional development to increase Nevada’s capacity for grant awards and compliance. Approximately 300 grant professionals, advocates and providers from all over Nevada and contiguous areas of California will be in attendance. In 2020, the conference will be held in Las Vegas and rotate annually between northern and southern Nevada.