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“Grantwriting with Purpose: Tips for Effective Use of Funding Opportunities” (A Training of Leaders Presentation)

Rick Nance
Rick Nance

In this interactive workshop, a grantwriter, a program administrator, and an evaluator offer practical tips and tools for deciphering and following grant guidance instructions, organizing the information-gathering team, designing prospective programs, devising evaluation measures and processes, organizing and writing content, and squeezing it all down to fit restrictive page limits.


Pamela Woll, MA, CPS is a Chicago-based author, presenter, and consultant dedicated to increasing the resilience and capacity of individuals, families, communities, organizations, and systems of care. Her primary areas of focus include trauma-informed systems and services; recovery-oriented systems of care; the physiology/neurobiology of resilience, stress, and trauma; and the needs of service members, veterans, and their families. Her most recent publications include Compassion Doesn’t Make You Tired: Unmasking and Addressing “Compassion Fatigue” and Addressing Stress and Trauma in Recovery-Oriented Systems and Communities, both developed for the Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center.  Ms. Woll specializes in translating complex, conceptual, technical, and experiential material into practical, user-friendly tools that can assist in self-help, treatment, organizational development, and systems-change initiatives. Her client organizations have included a variety of governmental and educational institutions and not-for-profit organizations. Many of the materials she has written are available for free download from her website,

Rick Nance, LCSW, CADC has been working in the field over the last thirty-seven years, in the state of Illinois. He has worked as the community provider level for approximately fifteen years in community mental health services and services for individuals with substance use disorders treatment, as well as co-occurring disorders. He worked for approximately nine years within the Illinois Department of Mental Health central office establishing dual disordered specialized treatment protocols, housing support services and financing, peer support services programs, and development of specialized programs for individuals with dual disorders of mental illness and substance abuse.  For the past eighteen years, Mr. Nance has worked as Senior Administrator with the Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. His role has been oversight of DHS DASA fiscal management for the Division. This includes contracting, budget, payment, rate establishments, services protocols for Special project, and all fiscal monitoring/audit – records maintenance.  Mr. Nance has served as the DHS DASA fiscal administrator for numerous SAMSHA federal discretionary awards, as well as deferral CSAT block grants over the last nineteen years. He was instrumental in DHA DASA conversion to fee for service payment mechanisms, as well as payment/contracting mechanisms for specialized crisis beds for individuals with co-occurring disorders, and various recovery support services projects.  He has worked with staff from Georgetown University and SAMSHA on several occasions providing presentations on Financial Fiscal Mapping of Funding for Youth Services; Maximizing State, Federal, and Local Funds and Maximizing State and Local Financing of Youth Services Who Have a Substance Use Disorder integrated and blended funding initiatives.  In his current role, his responsibilities require development of contract monitoring and performance monitoring of approximately three hundred forty-seven different service providers across the state. His focus has been on system level improvements that assure efficient use of funding, adherence to contract conditions, while providing quality treatment services to individuals and families in need.  His experiences at the local and state level are reflected in his ability to bring the viewpoints of business practices/reviews, service level outcomes, and clinical systems reviews together as part of an integrated wholistic care system to serve individuals with substance use disorders/co-occurring disorders.  Contact information:   Rick Nance, Deputy Director Bureau of Finance and Business Services, Division of Alcholism and Substance Abuse, llinois Department of Human Services.

Richard Sherman, Ph.D. earned his Ph.D. and M.Ed degrees in Research Methodology from Loyola University of Chicago. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University and the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. In 1979, Dr. Sherman was appointed coordinator of research and evaluation for Chicago’s Alcoholic Treatment Center (CATC), the first municipally-operated alcoholism treatment facility in the country. While in this position, he developed and implemented an evaluation design for the Center’s various programs that included the follow-up of discharged clients through use of admission and post-discharge forms of a behavioral assessment data collection tool. In 1985, Dr. Sherman was appointed executive director of CATC. Under his direction, the Center expanded its clinical scope to include the treatment of addiction to drugs other than alcohol. During his tenure, the Center added adult intensive outpatient services and a residential adolescent treatment unit. In 1987, he became the first chief of the Bureau of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse of the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH).  In 1992, he left CDPH and went into private consulting. Since that time, he has provided contractual consultation services to the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (IDHS/DASA). As part of these services, he has directed the evaluation of several federally-funded cooperative agreements and grants that have been awarded to IDHS/DASA. These awards have included the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) cooperative agreement awarded to Illinois in 2003, and a second SBIRT awarded to Illinois in 2011.  Additionally, he has served as the project evaluator for each of the three Access to Recovery (ATR) SAMHSA/CSAT awards to Illinois. For over the past six years, he as assisted IDHS/DASA in the development of a provider organization performance measurement and reporting system.