Grantwriting 101: Grant Application Essentials and Messaging

Liz Hayden and Dalene Neopolitan of Woods Services provide a hands-on introduction to writing grant applications, including an overview of the process from prospecting to submission, resources for researching grants, and strategies for how to address key questions in a typical grant application. Participants will have the opportunity to practice honing their key messages and ask questions about the grant-writing process.

Liz Hayden is Vice President of Strategy Development at Woods Services, Inc. In this capacity, Ms. Hayden provides strategic guidance in program and resource development to the Woods System of Care, which comprises ten affiliate and related organizations across Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She identifies funding opportunities, writes proposals, concept papers and policy briefs. Prior to entering the field of public health, Ms. Hayden oversaw prevention programs for youth in Eastern North Philadelphia at Congreso de Latinos Unidos, taught English as a Foreign Language in Mexico and Spain, and administered a national service-learning program which trained college students to teach ESL to older immigrants and refugees, based at Temple University. She brings over 25 years of project management, program development and management in public health, education and social services to her role. Ms. Hayden received a Master’s in Public Health from Drexel University and a Master’s in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dalene Neopolitan is Director of Corporate, Foundation and Government Support at Woods Services, and brings over 25 years’ experience bringing resources to Woods in support of programs and services for people with intellectual disability, autism, brain injury and other disabilities. Ms. Neopolitan is responsible for identifying and responding to funding opportunities, cultivating and maintaining relationships with funders, and managing and reporting on grants. In addition, Ms. Neopolitan manages individual donors and Customer Relationship Management software and grants management system, manages corporate sponsorships for Woods’ signature events, and designs capital campaigns. Ms. Neopolitan works collaboratively with program staff on grant submissions and has a strong track record of relationships with a broad range of funders and donors. Before coming to Woods, Ms. Neopolitan received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Oregon, and for 10 years, worked for the Public Interest Research Groups in Oregon, Massachusetts and New Jersey in various roles, including student organizing, community outreach, and administration.