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Aligning Mission with Purpose & Proposals: My Journey as a Grant Writer…So Far



In mid-2020, I began to incorporate grant writing into my role as Office Administrator at Lighthouse. When the potential for grant writing was first mentioned to me, I knew very little about the process and was hesitant to take it on. However, the Lord softened my heart toward grant writing, and it has proven to be a blessing, as it has increased not only my knowledge of the tremendous work we do at Lighthouse, but most importantly my passion for the work we do.


As a grant writer, I research local and national grant opportunities/funders to determine if our missions align and to acquire information needed to apply for funding. Through personal correspondence and formal grant proposals, my goal is to present Lighthouse’s mission in a compelling way so that grant-givers see the value of what we do at Lighthouse and are inspired to partner with us. An important aspect of my work is gathering information from staff about project needs and selecting grants that would be a good fit. I enjoy that my role allows me to utilize my research, writing, and organizational skills to benefit Lighthouse.


We have received several grants in the past fiscal year and are so thankful to grant-givers in our community and beyond who have partnered with us to make a difference in the lives of our participants! Below are the grants we received last fiscal year:


1. The Calvin and Janet High Family Foundation: for General Operating Expenses

2. Anabaptist Foundation: for General Operating Expenses

3. The William and Gemima Brossman Charitable Foundation: for Private Pay Sponsorship

4. The Ashland Foundation: for General Operating Expenses

5. County of Lancaster “Lancaster County Economic Recovery Program”: for Covid-19 Relief

6. Lancaster Cares Covid-19 Grant (from United Way and Lancaster County Community Foundation): for Virtual Learning equipment, including webcams for teachers and iPads for participants

7. Shady Maple Foundation: for Covid-related supplies

8. CRELS Foundation: for Covid-related supplies and Virtual Learning

9. CPPS Heritage Mission Fund: for expenses related to the reopening of our facility after our second temporary pandemic shutdown

10. Pryor and Arlene Neuber Trust (a PNC Charitable Trust): for Virtual Learning supplies, including books, exercise equipment, cooking supplies, horticultural items, etc.


Again, we are so thankful for these foundations and trusts coming alongside us, especially in a year of so much uncertainty and challenge. We know these funders are flooded with many worthy causes and can only select a few organizations for grant awards each year. We thank them for choosing us!


I am excited to learn as I continue to grow in this position, and I welcome input from those connected with Lighthouse! If you know grant-givers personally or can recommend specific grant-givers to me, please do not hesitate to reach out by calling 717-354-0355 or emailing me at nicoletwyne@lighthousevoc.org. May the Lord continue to bless Lighthouse in His sovereignty!


~~Nicole Twyne ~ Office Administrator and Grant Writer

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