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Apr 11

Knowing Your Organization and Community: Connecting Capability, Data, and Need

April 11, 2024 - 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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.

This virtual grant writing training takes an in-depth look at how to describe community needs, a step that is very often required to complete a grant proposal. The good news is that you and your organization already know your community and its needs!

We’ll learn how to put that knowledge into a grant narrative in ways that funders will find persuasive, including finding and using different kinds of data. The webinar will cover the following topics:

  • Defining the problem, population, and service area in a grant application
  • Sources for community data
  • Using organizational/program data
  • Methods for primary data collection
  • Using studies and reports
  • Describing community culture


Maria Griffin, Spo-ka’nay Enterprises

Maria Griffin is a citizen of the Spokane Tribe of Indians and descendent of the Moses Band/Colville Confederated Tribes. She named her company Spo-ka’nay, which is derived from Interior Salish, Sp’q’ni, for Spokane. Maria has a long professional history working with federal, state, and local government programs that serve Native American Tribes, as well as working with Native and community-based nonprofits of all sizes. She has delivered trainings and technical assistance to more than 275 American Indian urban and tribal communities and 80 nonprofit organizations in 24 states.

Diane Royal, Gary Bess Associates

Diane Royal is a public health professional and trained anthropologist committed to advancing health equity. Diane has experience managing project portfolios in women’s and community health with the Public Health Institute. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she served as a program lead for a multi-state response initiative. She has an MS in Global Health Sciences from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and an MA in Anthropology from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador.