Facilitated by CFBC visiting professor, Dr. Kevin Meehan, the workshop is funded in part by the Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas (FAVACA), and will cover topics such as how to locate funding opportunities, understanding priorities and application formats of funding agencies, and practical workshop activities designed to take participants from a basic project summary through to a draft grant proposal.
According to Dr. Meehan, a teacher of literature and Caribbean Studies at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, St. Kitts and Nevis professionals already conduct top quality research and development projects but can do more to publicize their efforts and attract a greater share of the $33 billion available from regional and international funding agencies.
“I know from personal experience over the years that excellent projects in agriculture, health, youth development, and so on, often fail to gain the recognition and support they deserve outside the federation. Having lived here for the past six months, I think one reason is that the people organizing research and development projects rarely have the time to think, reflect, and write about their work. Hopefully this workshop will provide a space to do some strategic thinking and writing, along with providing some information about funding sources and grant application formats.”
The workshop started on Tuesday and will continue on the CFBC main campus Hospitality Centre on Thursday, 7th June 7, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.