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Apr 25

Building Your Vision: Searching for Grants and Designing Programs to Meet Your Mission

April 25, 2024 - 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Webinar Recording

The webinar is being recorded. Within 2 weeks of the webinar, recordings will be posted at Recordings & Materials. Recordings will be available in English and in Spanish.

To build your vision of a successful project that meets needs in the community, you need to understand how to connect resources (like your organization’s staff, volunteers, funding sources, and more) to program design (the plan for what a grant-funded project will do).

In this webinar, we’ll explore the following topics:

Program Design

  • Understanding your organization’s capacity
  • Defining a program
  • Community input in program design
  • Looking for models
  • Designing the program
    • Numbers to be helped or served
    • Methods of service
    • Staff and their qualifications
    • Timeline for building the program

Funder Searches

  • Matching funders with community needs
  • Where to learn about funding opportunities: email lists, directories
  • Deciding where to apply with limited resources


Onawa Haynes, Hozhonigo Consulting

Onawa Haynes is the founder of Hozhonigo Consulting, a 100% Native American woman owned consulting firm. Her tribal affiliations are Diné (Navajo) and Mescalero Apache, and she is a lawyer with a background in tribal law and justice. Onawa’s background in tribal law led to her work today: using her grant writing expertise to gain resources for tribal programs and communities. Hozhonigo Consulting also specializes in project management—what a community does to successfully implement a program after the grant has been awarded.

Maddie Jones-Mills, Gary Bess Associates

Maddie Jones-Mills is a senior grant writer and GBA’s director of operations. Her background includes writing grants for the nonprofit sector and managing development and Board relations at a private school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Sociology from Denison University and a Master of Social Work in Macro Practice from the University of Georgia.