Grant Writing: How to Write a Winning Proposal Workshop

In this OzSBI Nonprofit Workshop Series, you will learn the basic principles of effective grant writing, the steps to developing a targeted proposal and where to search for funds. Learning to write a grant is a great way to build your resume and learn valuable skills. This workshop will also include discussion about grant writing myths, jargon to avoid, eight steps to developing an effective proposal, where to seek funding and how to stay in the know about government and foundation funding opportunities. This workshop is for anyone looking to write a grant, whether for a nonprofit organization or as a freelancer.


Date: Friday, February 26, 2021

Time: 1 - 4:30 p.m. 

Cost: $125 for general public, $95 OzSBI members

Bundle Workshops: $225 General Admission, $180 OzSBI Members

Location: OzSBI Conference Room

Register: Click Here

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 24th, at 2 p.m.

Seating is limited to 15 participants. COVID-19 safety requirements are in place at OzSBI and must be followed by everyone who enters the building.​ To reserve your seat in this workshop, payment must be received in advance of the workshop. OzSBI does not reimburse for canceled workshops; instead, you will receive credit in the amount of the workshop cost. The credit can be applied towards other workshops or events during the same year. It will become a donation to OzSBI if not used by December 31st, 2021. 


Facilitated by: Heather W. Fisher


Heather W. Fisher, Chief Executive Officer, of the Ozarks Small Business Incubator has spent over 22 years writing grants for communities in Missouri and beyond.  From 1999 to 2001, she served as the Director of Economic Development for Thayer and Oregon County.  During that time, she wrote and funded over $2 million in economic development grants.  Heather then went on to establish her own grant writing firm, Heartland Strategies, LLC, assisting cities, nonprofits and community groups with grant applications, marketing campaigns and strategic plans.  Heather operated her company for ten years, leaving it in 2009 to assist the Downtown West Plains, Inc. board of directors with the establishment of the incubator.  When the incubator opened its doors in 2012, Fisher served as its Program Coordinator and later Executive Director.  Heather continues to write program and facility grants for OzSBI.

Heather moved to West Plains in 1998 with her husband Chrys.  They have two sons at West Plains High School.  She holds a Masters in Social and Economic Development from Washington University and a BA in Sociology and Anthropology for Westminster College.  Heather spent two and a half years in the United States Peace Corps in Thailand teaching English.  She now lives on a farm in Howell County and enjoys spending time outdoors.


Date of Event: 
Feb 26 2021 -
1:00pm to 4:30pm