Learn the basics of grantwriting from the experts. Join other grant seekers in a three-hour workshop designed to give you an introduction to proposal development and tips on grantwriting language and writing styles. Participants are encouraged to bring an idea for a grant proposal so that this workshop can serve as an opportunity to get a jump start.
This workshop will be facilitated by Matthew Downey. Matthew has worked with nonprofits as a consultant, program manager and development officer for over 20 years. He is the nonprofit services program director for Johnson Center for Philanthropy where he oversees technical assistance and capacity building services. In this capacity, he is a frequent speaker and instructor on a wide array of nonprofit issues.
Previously, Matthew worked with numerous organizations including Gilmore Keyboard Festival (Kalamazoo), St. Mary's Hospital for Children (Bayside, N.Y.); and Child Care Action Campaign (New York, N.Y.). Matthew is president of Wellspring Dancers (Kalamazoo). He holds a B.S. in nonprofit arts administration from Butler University and an M.P.A. from Grand Valley State University.
In 2010 and 2012, Matthew was recognized by Grand Rapids Business Journal as one of West Michigan’s 40 business leaders under 40, and in 2011 was named Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year by the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Greater Grand Rapids.