An Imperative for Planning and Success Collaborations can be complicated. These relationships take effort, energy and often, time away from the day to day work you need to stay engaged with. Yet, collaborations can be an investment in the longer-term impact that your daily work seeks to achieve overall. Collaborations Are Valued Components of Grant… Continue Reading The Power of Collaboration
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Innovation LOI Deadline Approaching – November 1st Faculty and Staff Friends, We are approximately 1 month away from the Educational Foundation’s Innovation Grant Letter of Intent deadline, so here is a reminder of the details! Let’s keep it simple to start with the definition of innovation: Innovation                       in·​no·​va·​tion ˌi-nə-ˈvā-shən  1: a new idea, method, or device: NOVELTY… Continue Reading Time to Innovate
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Hello, and welcome to the second installment of the Grantology Blog! The first installment offers a quick overview of the desire to assist in learning and celebrating the world of grants together. If you missed it, please check it out, as the first installment refers to the required teamwork that goes into successful grant writing… Continue Reading How to tackle grant season?
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Hello, and welcome to the first installment of the Grantology Blog! Here we will seek to dig into all things grants, what grants are and are not, how a grant is crafted, how it is implemented, and how it can be celebrated. Thus the name “Grant” “ology”, a subject of study; a branch of knowledge.… Continue Reading Welcome to Grantology
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Image by Pixabay Hello, and welcome back to our asynchronous workshop series, How to Design a Successful Innovation Grant. The series began in September, and it ends this month, when Innovation Grant proposals are due to the Virginia Western Educational Foundation. Let’s review some of our Lab Lessons so far, including: #1: Grant proposals are… Continue Reading Innovation Grant Lab series: Finish line! (March)
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Hello, and welcome back to our asynchronous workshop series, How to Design a Successful Innovation Grant. The series began in September, and it will end in March 2022, the same month Innovation Grant proposals are due to the Virginia Western Educational Foundation. If you’re just now joining us, and you intend to submit an application… Continue Reading Innovation Grant Lab series: Is this a good investment? (February)
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Image by Pixabay Hello, and Happy New Year! If you have followed our asynchronous workshop series, How to Design a Successful Innovation Grant, from the beginning — and have completed most of the “homework” — then this means you have trekked the most difficult part of the journey! It gets easier from here, I promise.… Continue Reading Innovation Grant Lab series: What does success look like? (January)
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Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay Hello, and CONGRATULATIONS! If you have followed our asynchronous workshop series, How to Design a Successful Innovation Grant, from the beginning — and have completed most of the “homework” — then this means you have trekked the most difficult part of the journey! It gets easier from here, I… Continue Reading Innovation Grant Lab series: Add some secret sauce (December)
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Hello, and welcome back to our asynchronous workshop series: How to Design a Successful Innovation Grant.  The series began in September, and it will end in March 2022, the same month Innovation Grant proposals are due to the Virginia Western Educational Foundation. Hopefully this approach will help you slowly explore your ideas — on your… Continue Reading Innovation Grant Lab series: How to budget (November)
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Hello, and welcome back to the Innovation Lab! We just started an asynchronous workshop series: How to Design a Successful Innovation Grant, and there’s plenty of time to catch up.  The series began in September, and it will end in March 2022, the same month Innovation Grant proposals are due to the Virginia Western Educational… Continue Reading Innovation Grant Lab series: What problem are you trying to solve? (October)
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About Shelley

Shelley Lyons - Administrative Officer for Grants AdministrationShelley Lyons is glad to be back on campus as she is a Virginia Western alum, and has served as the Administrative Officer for Grants Administration at Virginia Western since early 2022. Prior to VWCC, her career focus was within the Human Services and Arts fields.  She wrote her first grant in 1996 on a whim and has continued to plan and learn since that time.  She most enjoys  seeing a well-planned project come to fruition, where funder, project manager and beneficiaries can all feel success and see impact.

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