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NSDC Summer Webinars Focus on Grants Strategy, Application, Earmarks & More

June 9, 2023 | Cole Arreola-Karr

The federal grants landscape is a rugged one that requires in depth research, strategy, prioritization, and understanding of what’s out there. The National Special Districts Coalition’s grants program, in partnership with TFG, is designed to reduce the resource burden many special districts face in their approach to funding opportunities with a variety of professional resources to guide the way.

NSDC-affliated special districts are invited to register for a summer series of webinars aimed to demystify the process, arm special districts with strategies to approach and apply for programs, advocate, and give early insight into what to expect for the Fiscal Year 2025 federal earmarks process.

The NSDC/TFG Grants and Advocacy Teams will host the three-part summer webinar series. Special districts and other organizations must be affiliated with a NSDC member organization.

Click here to register your interest and receive an invite to register. 

NSDC Summer Webinar Series
All times 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT

Wednesday, July 12: Prioritizing Projects, Strategizing, and Navigating through the Process

Join The Ferguson Group (TFG) Grants Team as they guide special districts a through grants research and a step beyond the basics. The Team will dive into best practices to prioritize projects for funding opportunities and how best to strategize the approach.

Wednesday, August 2: NSDC Advocacy Week Briefing & and Approach to Advocacy

The NSDC Advocacy and Grants Team will offer a full briefing on special districts’ federal advocacy priorities and perspective on the latest out of Washington, D.C., ahead of the 2023 National Special Districts Action Week. This webinar will cover how best to approach your members of Congress, when to do so, and how this can plug into your grants/project funding needs.

Wednesday, September 6: Preparing for FY25 Congressional Earmarks

Fiscal Year 2024 marks the third appropriations cycle in the modern era of congressional earmarks. Leveraging the history of the current programs and examining the trends overtime, the NSDC Advocacy and Grants Teams will share what special districts can anticipate for the FY25 Community Project Funding and Congressionally-Directed Funding (earmarks) programs, guidance on program rules, and how they can begin preparing now. This live webinar will be important for districts seeking to get ahead of the often quick and chaotic application period (spring 2024).

Contact Cole Arreola-Karr, NSDC Federal Advocacy Director, for more information at

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