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GetSmART!: Find Your Next Grant!


LITTLE ROCK – Learn the basics of researching grant opportunities through the Foundation Directory Online!

The Arkansas Arts Council, in partnership with the Central Arkansas Library System, will hold a GetSmART! Learning Series workshop with consultant Brenda Mauldin from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the main library on the third floor of 100 S. Rock St.

“Conducting Prospect Grant Research” is a hands-on workshop that will introduce participants to the Foundation Center’s Foundation Directory Online, which is used to find possible grant funding and grant-writing guidance. The Foundation Center is a leading source of information on philanthropy, fundraising and grant programs.

The computer lab cannot be entered before 9:30 a.m. Participants will have access to a workstation and will learn how to:

• Access the directory at CALS

• Understand the directory

• Create search queries

• Read and understand query results

• Save search results

• Review best practices of research

The cost to attend the workshop is $15 and includes a lunch. Reservations must be made by Jan. 20. Seating is limited to 14 because of workstation accessibility. Tickets are available or via Eventbrite.

Parking is available in the library’s parking lot and parking deck for half price. Participants also should bring a thumb drive to save research results.

Mauldin has more than 25 years of experience in the grant-writing process. She has an in-depth knowledge of researching, developing and creating development proposals and grant strategies. She has experience in nonprofit management and administration, board development, strategic planning, fundraising and volunteer management. She has worked with a variety of organizations to raise funds for the arts, youth programs, a hospice program and a Christian residential youth home.

An Arkansas native, Mauldin graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and lives in Benton with her husband. To learn more about her background, visit

For more information about the workshop, contact Janet Perkins, community development program manager, at or at 501-324-9775. Please contact the Arkansas Arts Council for accessibility needs, including sight, hearing or food at 501-324-9775.

About the Arkansas Arts Council

The Arkansas Arts Council, a division of Arkansas Heritage, advances the arts in Arkansas by providing services and supporting arts endeavors that encourage and assist literary, performing and visual artists in achieving standards of professional excellence. In addition, the Arkansas Arts Council provides technical and financial assistance to Arkansas arts organizations and other providers of cultural and educational programs. Other divisions are the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Arkansas State Archives, Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Historic Arkansas Museum,Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and the Old State House Museum. Funding for the Arkansas Arts Council and its programs is provided by the State of Arkansas and the National Endowment for the Arts. Arkansas Heritage is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism.

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