Partnering with Municipalities to Get Grants

To win a grant, one must often demonstrate community commitment to solving the problem. Especially for federal grants, public-private partnerships are often essential to a winning application. This webinar will examine the various approaches to such partnerships and what a typical city is looking for a in a project partner. In addition, it will provide non-profits some information the best approaches to take in working with a municipal partner, what to expect during the relationship and potential pitfalls to avoid.


  • What do cities look for in a grant partner
  • How to know if a project is a good fit for both parties
  • What your mother told you is true: it is important to play nice with others
  • What to expect in working with a municipality
  • Common misconceptions on both sides of the fence

John IzzoMr. John Izzois a senior grant professional with almost 20 years of experience in the grant writing and fundraising fields. A former President of Randall Funding and Development, he has worked with a variety of clients across the United States. Previously he was a Legal Officer at the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C. and served as the Director for Grants and Programs at the Washington College of Law, American University. Over the course of his career he has worked with clients to secure tens of millions of dollars in funding for his clients. He also provides training and has spoken to groups across the country on how to secure grant funding.As a co-founder, John firmly believes that diversification of funding streams, including grants, is absolutely essential to the long-term health of any community or organization. He is also intrigued by the power of social media to create positive messages, reach out to those in need, and as a metric to help measure success.
Cheryn WojcikMs. Cheryn Wojcikis a finance professional with broad experience in municipal, nonprofit, and for-profit administration and management, as well as grants and development work. She currently works as the Grants Director in the Finance Department for the City of Springfield Massachusetts. In that capacity, she not only provides grant management and writing services, she also builds relationships with area non-profits and coordinates their participating in city grant writing activities. In addition, she is responsible for managing the role of the city when it is a partner to a non-profit taking a lead role in the grant application process.She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School and a Bachelor in Arts in Communications from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Ms. Wojcik spent her time at Maxwell studying the relationships between public and nonprofit sectors. Since then, she has spent much of her professional career working for various government agencies with a focus on bridging this gap to make communities stronger.
Community Grants AssociatesMunicipalities, organizations and school districts in both the United States and Canada face increasingly complex challenges in a fiscal environment that demands they do more with less. Community Grants Associateswas founded as a means to help communities diversity their funding stream to continue to provide services and to share information on successful practices.The company provides grant related services including research, writing, reporting and training. The company also strongly believes in the power of social media to assist communities in their fundraising efforts in both the short and long term.

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