The Brunswick Herald Welcomes the City of Brunswick’s New Grants Coordinator,
By: James R. Castle
Q: Tell us where you live and any other personal information you would like to share.
A: I live in Thurmont with my family. I have four children and just welcomed the birth of my first grandchild.
Q: Where were you last employed?
A: Nonprofit sector.
Q: How did you learn of the Grants Coordinator position?
Q: What attributes does Eileen Dwyer bring to the City of Brunswick?
A: Nearly 20 years’ experience in funding research for nonprofits.
Q: Have you identified grant opportunities for the City?
A: I have met with several department heads to identify funding needs and previous funding opportunities. I regularly search for potential funding sources for the City and have signed up to receive funding opportunity email notifications from government agencies such as the Department of Justice.
Q: Are previous plans the City created helpful to you in identifying grants?
A: Yes. There are several previous grant funding opportunities that are useful resources for new projects.
Q: Do you find the City’s budget and capital plans as an aid to grant opportunities?
A: Yes. The budget helps to identify potential projects in need of funding.
Q: Is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting grant opportunities?
A: Yes. While there are some areas where the CARES Act has added funding opportunities, other areas have been adversely affected.
Q: What does one year of grant success look like to you?
A: Identifying many sustainable funding opportunities to benefit the City of Brunswick.
Q: Is there anything else you wish to share?
A: I’m a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.