Grant Writing 101
Where to Ask and How to Get What You Want

Lisa Gibney
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Duane Arnold Energy Center

February 9, 2005

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Related Websites:
NEI Grant Application Handbook
Duane Arnold Energy Center Emergency Planning
(Note: see the transcript for many more links to grant resources)

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Lisa Gibney has been an Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for the Duane Arnold Energy Center, Iowa's only nuclear power station since 1996. Her specialty is building partnerships with local emergency response agencies; assisting them with developing plans and procedures as well as offering radiological response training to nearly 2000 emergency workers every year. In addition, in an attempt to better understand the Multi-Hazard needs for her community; she serves as a Volunteer Liaison Officer and Assistant Operations Officer for the Linn County Emergency Management Agency.

In 2004, Lisa was approached by the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), the policy organization of the nuclear energy and technologies industry, to draft a "how to" handbook of the basics of grant writing to assist State and Local emergency management partners in securing grant funds to further their mission of protecting the health and safety of the public. Using her experience in local Emergency Management and her more than 12 years of service on the Grant Allocation committee of a local Children's charity that has allocated more than $4 million dollars, Lisa outlined ideas and suggestions for navigating the grant writing process. The result was the "Grant Application Handbook: A Guide to the Application Process for Competitive and Non-Competitive Grants", published by NEI. (See link above.)

Lisa is a graduate of the University of Iowa, with a BA in Political Science. In 2004, she earned the Certified Emergency Manager's (CEM) designation awarded by the International Association of Emergency Managers. She was recruited by FEMA National Headquarters to assist in the program and curriculum development for President Bush's initiative to include Community Based Organizations and Faith Based Organizations in emergency management and disaster mitigation activities. In September 2004, she was selected by the USA Freedom Corps to greet President Bush on behalf of the volunteers of Eastern Iowa and has received the President's Award for Volunteer Service from the White House (Gold Level).