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The Art of Writing Grant Applications : The Case of YPARD Nepal

Last year, discussions of National Youth Forum on Agro-based Entrepreneurship Development (#NYFAED15), YPARD Nepal identified that Nepalese youth have limited expertise on grant proposal writing skills. As a result, they were unableto attract funds to address the overall grant or technical writing skills on new agri-business development as expected.

To bridge this gap, YPARD Nepal organized a workshop titled, “Youth’s Grant Writing Skills Enhancement” on 1-2 August 2016 at NARI complex, Khumaltar, Lalitpur, Nepal, with support from USAID/Winrock International Farmer to Farmer Program, and Nepal Agriculture Research Council.

The workshop aimed at enhancing the quality of grant and technical writing among professionals as well as increasing their knowledge and skills in business planning strategy and collaboration with donor agencies and partner organizations.

 “The workshop furnished us with ammunition and ideas about technical writing and ways on presenting ourselves in the battlefield of competitive writing. Further, it answered most of our queries about ways of writing proposals and understanding the shortcomings of our previous writings.” 

- Sunita Bati, participant

Thirty-four young professionals (18-40 years) from diverse background, including agriculture, livestock, forestry, environmental science, food science, biotechnology, agri-engineering, social studies actively participated and intensively shared their ideas during the workshop period.

The training was made possible by the presence of Dr. Anil Shrestha, the resource person for the workshop and Weed Science Professor at California State University, Fresno, USA. Dr. Shrestha believes that education is not only about learning what other people have discovered, it is also about discovering who we are and what we can do for the betterment of society.

Earlier in the year, Dr. Shrestha received President Barack Obama’s Volunteer Service Award and Winrock International’s Volunteer Spirit Award. Recently, Dr. Shrestha has been honored by the American Society of Agronomy with its Fellow Award. We truly appreciate Dr. Shrestha’s time and willingness to enrich the grant writing skills of young people.

“The presentation and discussed agenda of the workshop was very informative and interactive. Among all the sessions, what I liked the most was the activity which was to prepare a grant proposal for a project within the first day. Preparing a proposal for a grant within a day was not an easy task to do, but with the joint effort of the team and support of Dr. Shrestha, the exercise was accomplished in time.”

- Nikita Bhusal, participant

The YPARD Nepal team sincerely thanks Mr. Gaurab Bhattarai- the Event coordinator and other YPARD Nepal members, Dr. Vrigu R. Duwadi- Country Director, Asia Farmer to Farmer Program, Winrock International, and Dr. Bindeshwhwar P. Sah- Director, National Agriculture Research Institution (NARI). Additionally, we extend our gratitude to  YPARD, fundsforNGOs and MyInforms for covering the workshop’s call and other people who directly and indirectly helped make the training a success.

Click here to check all the pictures of workshop.