SVEP’s Project Development Series helps organizations and municipalities turn great ideas into effective projects, with sustainable funding, successful implementation, and management.
Sometimes all it takes is one successful project in a community to spark positive change. Southern Vermont does not lack great ideas. Be we can all use a little help!
Join us for the upcoming a four-part Project Development Series, which encompasses project stewardship, financial management for projects, project management, and grant writing!
Below are the upcoming trainings for 2021 or you can review trainings from 2020.
2021 PROJECT DEVELOPMENT SERIES
This is the first of the four-part 2021 Project Development Series. Hear from project leads from the Southern Vermont region on how they’ve stewarded their projects through each step, created community buy-in, dealt with failure, and learned to pivot and re-envision mission. There are three projects included in this project stewardship session, each with a different focus.
Project 1: Welcoming Communities, a Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation program
Learn about Welcoming Communities, an initiative which grew out of the Working Communities Challenge, offered by the Boston Fed. Hear how BDCC, the project lead, is pivoting after they did not receive Fed funding in order to stick with the long term vision to welcome immigration to the region.
Many communities dream of having their own trail system. Join us to learn how BATS and Catamount BMX grew into the successful volunteer-run group it is today! Lead by two, enthusiastic young professionals, who took the state of trails in the area into their own hands and turned it into something they are really proud of.
This is the first of the four-part 2021 Project Development Series. Hear from project leads from the Southern Vermont region on how they’ve stewarded their projects through each step, created community buy-in, dealt with failure, and learned to pivot and re-envision mission. There are three projects included in this project stewardship session, each with a different focus. Conversations will take place on three different occasions so that there is enough time to dig deep and ask questions about each project. In each session, you’ll hear from the project lead, a community champion, and a funder of the project.
2020 SVEP PROJECT DEVELOPMENT SERIES
See above for the SVEP 2.0 small conference on Local Project Stewardship. This is the first of the four-part Project Development Series. Hear from communities in the Southern Vermont region on how they’ve stewarded their projects through each step. Projects include community centers, outdoor facilities and programming. Learn about projects at different stages and their lessons learned about funding, project management and outcomes.
The second half of the conference will be spent in small group, peer learning opportunities to discuss YOUR projects conundrums. The facilitator, Maggie Foley of Guilford, recently helped Winston Prouty create a strategic plan for their 108 acre campus.
Project Case Studies:
- EJ Bullock Building- Sue Bailey
- Broad Brook Community Center- Gail Nunziata
- Robertson Paper Mill- Gary Fox
- Community Asylum Seekers Project- Steve Crofter
See above for the SVEP 2.0 small conference on Financial Management for Projects. This is the second of the four-part Project Development Series. In this training, we’ll cover the role of strategic planning in budgeting to budget controls (“Seven Keep-me-out-of-prison Essentials”).
The trainer, Gary Deziel, is an Extension assistant professor for UVM Extension. His work focuses on public library budgeting and human resource management, and workforce development. He is former Associate Dean of Finance and Operations, UVM Extension. Gary has experience in budgeting and budget management, grants and contracts, fund accounting, gifts, endowments, cash management, petty cash, and sales and fees.
Gary Deziel, UVM Extention | Gary.Deziel@uvm.edu
See above for the SVEP 2.0 small conference on Financial Management for Projects. This is the second of the four-part Project Development Series. In Part 2 of this training, we dive into an actual, real life project budget and touch on getting more money through endowments to bonds with an expert panel.
Bobbi Kilburn, Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation | email@example.com | (802) 257-7731 x220
- Kevin Wiberg, Vermont Community Foundation | firstname.lastname@example.org | (802) 999-3741
- Richard Wizansky, Ed.D. Principal, BoldMoves Consulting | email@example.com
- Lisa Ryan, Preservation Trust of Vermont | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.ptvermont.org
- Abbey Salomon, Community Capital of Vermont | email@example.com
- Jim Matteau, Wesmintser East Parish/ Westminster Institute | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jon-Michael Muise, USDA Rural Development | email@example.com | www.rd.usda.gov/vt
SVEP hired the University of New Hampshire to put on a custom two-day training on project management. The outline of the course was as follows:
Introduction to Basic Project Management
Project management skills are no longer just for high-level leaders and managers. Understanding project management methods and processes has become a required core competency for all team members.
Introduction to Basic Project Management will decode and simplify popular project management philosophies into six key points of performance. Regardless of your organization’s project management methodology, these fundamental points will be used by any project manager and team to ensure successful project outcomes.
The six points of performance covered in the workshop include:
- Scope Management
- Schedule Management
- Cost Management
- Quality Management
- Risk Management
- Emotional Intelligence
This two-day, hands-on workshop will encourage active participation with students contributing their ideas and experience which will be collected into simple, actionable, best-practice templates.
In conclusion, the six points of performance will be evaluated through the progressive ‘digital’ lens of today’s business environment to see how new technology and tools are contributing to the success of project teams. But – We’ll also acknowledge common pitfalls of the “digital trap” and reinforce the importance of the six fundamentals.
This grant writing workshop provides concrete, practical guidance for preparing successful grant proposals. The workshop will address how to organize proposals; develop clear goals, objectives and tasks; and build a compelling case to effectively “sell” programs to funders.
Day 1 and 2- Anne Lezak, ADL Consulting | firstname.lastname@example.org
Day 3- Bobbi Kilburn, Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation | email@example.com
Day 1: November 18th, 1-4:30 pm
- Basic Tenets of Proposal Writing
- Making Your Case: Using Data
- Making Your Case: Telling Your Story
- Goals and Objectives
- Developing Project Goals Breakout Session; Share and Critique
- Wrap-Up; Q & A
Day 2: November 19th, 9 am-12:30 pm
- Brief Recap of Goals and Objectives
- Developing Measurable Outcomes
- Creating Tasks to Carry Out Objectives
- Creating Tasks Breakout Session; Share and Critique
- Collaboration and Partnerships
- Tips and Tricks
- Q & A and Closing
Day 3: November 20th, 8:30-9:30 am (presentation)
- You Got the Grant! Now What?: Grant Management, Bobbi Kilburn, BDCC