IECF’s Office of Policy & Engagement and Inland Empire Community Collaborative (IECC) recently hosted four workshops to help local organizations advocate for change and apply for state and federal resources.

Two policy and budget capacity workshops focused on the flow of the legislative calendar and provided tools on the most effective and efficient ways to engage and advocate. Two grant writing workshops focused on demystifying complex application processes and gave tools on what groups need to do to pursue government grant funding for their causes.

“Our aim is to build regional capacity around policy, budget, and government grant writing,” said IECF Director of Policy & Governmental Affairs Julian Cuevas. “The workshop series is a natural extension of our new Office of Policy & Engagement, and one of many steps we’re taking toward strengthening the nonprofits in our region. Our communities are ready to advocate, but need the support and resources to be successful.”

A data workshop will be provided later this year with guidance on how to establish requests for legislative proposals and funding resources.

Learn more about IECF’s work in creating regional policy capacity in the region at www.iegives.org/policy

We invite you to view each recorded session. Click the titles below to be taken to our YouTube channel:

Building Legislative Advocacy Capacity: Learn about the state legislative process and the windows of opportunity to best engage and advocate for your community and organizational priorities.

Building Budget Advocacy Capacity: Learn about the state budget process and the windows of opportunity to best engage and advocate for your community and organizational priorities.

Introduction to Government Grant Writing and Advocating for Nonprofits: Pursuing government grant funding, how to legally advocate for your organization/cause, and the importance of ensuring your organization is
addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Grant Readiness a Primer: Covering the basics of writing proposals for grant funding. You will learn about the importance of making the case for funding, how to describe your organization, program design, evaluation, sustainability, and budgeting.