Grant writing class set for this weekend

Published 8:39 pm Thursday, June 28, 2018

On Saturday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be a grant-writing class at the Selma-Dallas County Public Library.

Tuwanna Williams, owner of TN Williams & Associates, LLC, will be teaching the class, and will explain the importance of grant writing, business and receiving grants.

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Williams has been writing grants since 2003, and started her business in 2005. 

“It’s really important to know how to write a grant, to be able to obtain the funds,” Williams said. “There are a lot of reasons as to why a grant can be received, though it is not a simple process. Understanding the grant-writing process is vital to receiving a grant.”

According to Williams, due to her own past experiences while working for a non-profit organization, she recognizes the importance of grants and wants to spread her knowledge to as many people as possible.

“I always worked with non-profit organizations, and working with non-profit organizations, there is always a need for funding,” Williams said. “Because of that, I became that go-to person to those to find financial resources. Grant-writing was a product of finding out where the money was.”

Williams said her client contacted her and informed her about Selma. Learning that Selma is predominately African-American and financially unstable aligned with Williams’ goal to aid minorities in receiving finance and owning businesses. 

“Selma is a very historic town; it’s predominantly African-American,” Williams said.

“There are issues in the African-American community with reading. Reading is really integral to the grant-writing process. Before you can even write, you have to read and research. I really want to put an emphasis on that.”

Williams is highly devoted to writing grants and teaching others about grants. She hosts grant-writing classes in many locations across the country.

“I absolutely love it. I am an anti-poverty advocate,” Williams said. “I try to make sure my family is secure, and I try to make sure other families are secure.”

Williams said grants are distributed based on whether an individual or business has little or no resources, and compares its likeness to a scholarship.

“A grant is similar to a scholarship. It’s like a scholarship to expand on what you’re already doing,” she said

For more information on grant-writing and TN Williams & Associates, LLC, visit