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 promise. 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 own time, at your convenience — as you continue to juggle your regular to-do list.  If you’re just now joining us, it’s OK! You still have plenty of time to catch up.  Let’s review some of our Lab Lessons so far, including: #1: Grant proposals are not time wasted … even if you FAIL #2: Know the rules of the game #3: Focus on NEEDS first, solutions second #4: Begin with the budget Lab Lesson #5 is my favorite: Relationships are the secret sauce. Always. I’ve obsessed about relationships for over a year on this blog, starting with this post. When I left Virginia Western,… 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 own time, at your convenience — as you continue to juggle your regular to-do list.  Let’s review some of our Lab Lessons so far, including: #1: Grant proposals are not time wasted … even if you FAIL #2: Know the rules of the game #3: Focus on NEEDS first, solutions second Image by Shutterbug75 from Pixabay Let’s move on to Lab Lesson #4: When you have a grant application in front of you, where do you even start? You begin with the budget. Yes, the money. This is where your plan gets very real. And the budget tells the story. If you’ve been following each step in this series, you also know there are some specific rules about the budget. So let’s go back to the 2020-21 Innovation Grant grant application, which notes: (1) Total requests will be considered up to $10,000. This is the… 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 Foundation. Hopefully this approach will help you slowly explore your ideas — on your own time, at your convenience — as you continue to juggle your regular to-do list.  Let’s review some of our Lab Lessons so far, including:  #1: Grant proposals are not time wasted … even if you FAIL  #2: Know the rules of the game Image by bluebudgie from Pixabay Now we’re ready for Lab Lesson #3 — which I consider one of the most important in my grant journey: Focus on NEEDS first, solutions second. This was a difficult lesson, because I’m obsessed with creative ideas. I collect them like some fans collect Star Wars action figures. You have probably arrived at this blog post with some ideas already in mind, especially after reflecting on the Thinking Cap questions. We come up with a clever solution, fall in love with it,… Continue Reading Innovation Grant Lab series: What problem are you trying to solve? (October)
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About Stephanie

Stephanie SeagleStephanie Ogilvie Seagle has served as Grant Specialist at Virginia Western since 2016, but she prefers her honorary title: “Chief Joy Officer.” Stephanie spent most of her career at The Roanoke Times, a daily newspaper, where she served in various news and features roles including “Shoptimist” shopping columnist. She earned a bachelor’s degree in integrative studies at George Mason University and a master’s of arts in liberal studies at Hollins University. Stephanie is a mom to one human daughter and multiple chihuahuas … and is obsessed with reading nonfiction, Halloween, and crafting glow necklaces inspired by the Mill Mountain Star. Glow Roanoke!

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