LISCIF Events and Trainings

Goal: Increase organizational capacity through training that supports day-to-day operations, project implementation, and future funding opportunities; help organizational leadership manage larger and potentially different projects while fostering organizational development at all levels of the organizations to support efficient and effective operations 

Objectives:  

  • Identify issues affecting the Long Island Sound watershed and propose projects to address concerns.  
  • Write a project narrative for LISCIF and future funding opportunities.  
  • Identify areas of need for the organization and fill those gaps. 
  • Implement new project tools acquired by trainings.      
  • Develop bookkeeping policies and implement budgeting procedures.  
  • Implement data management tools and GIS mapping. 
  • Integrate findings through various styles of reporting.  
  • Expand network, partnerships, and outreach.  

Upcoming Event

Long Island Sound Community Impact Fund’s Annual Learning Exchange

Description: The Annual Learning Exchange will bring together organizations and partners working on environmental justice projects within the Long Island Sound region. Organizations will participate in workshops focused on their project to directly apply skills learned directly. This event will provide an opportunity for regional organizations, working on the ground, to network, strengthen ties, and collaborate moving forward. This event will be a knowledge and tech share of projects within a collaborative framework.
Location: CUNY Graduate Center
Date/Time: June 27, 2024 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Facilitator: Shahela Begum

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Past Trainings

Hiring & Retention 

Description: Explore best practices to secure ideal candidates for your project. Learn how to create job descriptions, set a living wage, and recruit for your next hire. What are the best ways to retain qualified employees? Learn more about team building and organizational success by attending this webinar!
Platform: Zoom
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 15th, 2024, 10-11:30 am, 90 minutes 
Facilitator: Leah Weiner

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Procurements & Record-keeping  

Description: Learn how to procure services for your project using federal regulations and guidelines. As you manage a federal grant, learn about record-keeping requirements and best practices for a successful grant period.
Platform: Zoom
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 1st, 2024, 1-2:30 pm, 90 minutes 
Facilitator: Brian Tipton

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Fundraising

Description: Explore various fundraising routes for your organization. From the planning of in-person events to engaging social media, the opportunities are endless. Learn how to successfully get your mission statement across to community members and elected officials. As opportunities arise for environmental justice, learn how you can capture these resources. 
Platform: Zoom/Webinar 
Date/Time: February 15, 2024, 2-3 Eastern 
Facilitator: Connor Yakaitis

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Grant Writing Assistance: Reviewing LISCIF Full Proposal Requirements

Description: Reviewing requirements for the Long Island Sound Community Impact Fund full proposal. Troubleshooting any questions or concerns applicants may have with the process. Ensuring the project narrative is strong, there is clear alignment with the CCMP, and the budget template is filled out. 
Platform: Zoom/Webinar
Date/Time: January 25 2024, 3:30-4:30 Eastern
Facilitator: Connor Yakaitis

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Project Design & Building Partnerships

Description: Prospective applicants will learn about the program priorities for the Long Island Sound Community Impact Fund. Case studies of each program priority will be reviewed to gain insight into future proposal ideas. Applicants will have the opportunity to receive feedback for project eligibility prior to the official release of the RFA. Learn about building partnerships and collaborating with regional partners.
Platform: Zoom/Webinar 
Date/Time: September 19, 2023, 1 – 2 pm 
Facilitator: Shahela Begum + Alex Rodriguez  

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Grant Writing: How to Write a Strong Narrative

Description: Applicants will learn strategies in writing a strong narrative for the Long Island Sound Community Impact Fund. In conjunction with the RFA webinars, get a clear understanding of what is required in a narrative statement. Learn to effectively communicate your organization’s mission and project proposal. 
Platform: Zoom/Webinar
Date/Time: October 12, 2023, 2 – 3 pm 
Facilitator: Connor Yakaitis

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Budgeting & Staffing: How to Ensure the Project is Financially Viable  

Description: Learn ways to budget a solid project proposal. Identify staff, partners, and/or contractors needed to have a successful project. Analyze costs and learn to fill out necessary budget templates accurately. 
Platform: Zoom/Webinar
Date/Time: October 16, 2023, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm 
Facilitator: Sara Smith 

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Budgeting Q&A Session

Description: The Budgeting Q&A Session will review the budget template needed for the Long Island Sound Community Impact Fund application. Applicants will have the opportunity to seek clarification for any confusion during the application process and ask questions about budgeting. 
Platform: Zoom/Webinar
Date/Time: November 13, 2023, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm 
Facilitator: Sara Smith 

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