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N.E.W.S. Intro To Grantwriting: Grant Funding Basics – Is Your Organization Grant-Ready? | Nonprofit Event

Date and Time

Tue, June 27, 2023
1:00pm - 3:00pm EST


Virtual - Zoom


For those new to grantwriting, completing a first-rate grant proposal is not as difficult as one may think. Whether you have spent time in a small or large nonprofit organization, or are a novice to nonprofits, this session will help you with the mechanics of writing an effective proposal.

Presentation Outline:

  • How do I find grant opportunities?
  • Getting to know potential funders
  • What’s in a grant proposal?
  • Grant writing tips
  • Maintaining a relationship with funders

This N.E.W.S. session is intended for nonprofit organization grant writers with beginning-level experience.


Melissa A. Marrone, MSW, Principal of Marrone Consulting, LLC,

Melissa is born and raised in Syracuse and is passionate about improving communities as well as the nonprofits that operate in those communities. She has had over a decade of experience working in nonprofits and public service.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Syracuse University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Le Moyne College.

Her most recent experience was working for the Housing & Homeless Coalition of Central New York where she led the community effort to end homelessness among Veterans in Syracuse, the community effort to implement anti-racist policies in the homeless services system, brought together a statewide workshop on healthcare and housing, and assisted in the creation of policies and programs to make an over 20% reduction in homelessness during her tenure.

After giving birth to her third child in April 2018, Melissa left her full-time position to start Marrone Consulting for more flexibility in work and home life.

Kelly Fumarola, Executive Director, CenterState CEO & CenterState Development Foundations Director of Development 

Kelly Fumarola (she/her) serves as Executive Director of the CenterState CEO and CenterState Development Foundations: program and fundraising affiliates of CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CenterState CEO), where she also serves as Director of Development. She is primarily focused on supporting the success of CenterState CEO, its affiliates, and community-focused initiatives by engaging grant makers and donors and managing related activities.

Prior to joining CenterState CEO in 2020, Kelly served as a consultant to the nonprofit sector specializing in grant fund development. She began her career as an elementary school teacher after graduating from Binghamton University (M.S.Ed. and B.A. – Economics). Kelly has volunteered at her children’s schools in various roles over the past 12 years, including two terms as an elected member of her school district’s board of education where she served in leadership positions including chair of the board’s Facilities and DEI Committees.