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Economic and Community Development 



Grant Writing Workshops

Grant writing is both a skill and a talent. This grant writing workshop is

designed to give participants an introduction to skills for successful grant

writing. Participants will have a chance to write and interact with others to

learn the basic information needed to write a successful grant proposal.

Click here for the Full 2-Day Beginner's Guide to Grant Writing Workshop.


Bridges Out of Poverty

Day 1 Training

This training gives participants key lessons in dealing with individuals from poverty. Participants will learn how to use mental models to communicate effectively, and to assist clients from poverty to learn quickly. Bridges reaches out to the providers and businesses whose daily work connects them with the lives of people in poverty. If your business, agency or organization works with people living in poverty, only a deeper understanding of their challenges and strengths will help you partner with them to create opportunities for success.

Day 2 Training

This training is for individuals who have completed Day One. Included in this workshop is information regarding resources, creating relationships, mediation, stages of change and motivation and much more. Anyone who works in any capacity with individuals living in poverty or has an interest in helping others will learn skills and techniques to use by participating in this workshop.

Upcoming trainings:

  • March 5th - 6th, 2014 in Harrison County. Click here for more information.
  • April 1st - 2nd 2014 in Wabash County. Click here for more information.
  • April 8th - 9th, 2014 in Bedford Indiana. Click here for more infomation.
  • October 2nd - 3rd, 2014 in Bedford Indiana. Click here for more information.

If you have any questions or need additional assistance to attend, please contact Karen Hinshaw at 260-358-4826 or via email at kdhinsha@purdue.edu.

Poverty Simulations

The poverty simulation experience is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month. It is a simulation, not a game. The object is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by low-income people. Take a couple of hours to put yourself in the shoes of someone living in poverty and understand what it’s like. Learn what you can do to make a difference.



Empowering Humanities

Empowering Humanities is a collaboration of local nonprofits using their resources to address the needs within Huntington County. Click here to learn more about this partnership.


Purdue Extension suggests the following links for information regarding Economic & Community Development.

Extension ECD Program - Provides information and educational programs to increase community vitality, build leadership capacity, enhance public decision making and resolve public issues.

Extension ECD Blog - The Blog focus is on five different program areas: Entrepreneurship, Workforce Development & Community Learning Centers, Community Planning & Visioning, Community Leadership Development and Public Issues Education.

Purdue Center for Regional Development - Supports initiatives to align economic policies across Indiana regions to produce positive impacts.