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Lessons offered by Richard
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  • Oral expression - English
  • Vocabulary - English
  • Writing comprehension - English
  • Writing expression - English
  • Business English
  • All Levels

Written communications and grant writing professional with more than 35 years experience!


Preparing a successful grant proposal is equal parts mastery of the arts of technical writing and persuasion. We will learn the essential parts of an award-winning grant are, how to develop and put them together, and then the right way (and time) to pull on the heartstrings. So, first we'll learn the component parts. Then, we put them together in ways that build a compelling case, and we will then hone those skills by learning how to close the deal.


I got my start writing grants while I was working as a congressional aide in Washington DC and discovered I have a knack for it. Agencies and organizations everywhere are looking for successful grant professionals to help them obtain funding, and I can show you how to get there.


Transportation Fee : $5
Rate for online lessons : $16/h


Rates listed are for students with intermediate levels of comprehension. For more basic students, differing rates may be applied.

Lessons offered by Richard
The lessons will be held
at your home
Taught subjects
  • Oral expression - English
  • Vocabulary - English
  • Writing comprehension - English
  • Writing expression - English
  • Business English
  • All Levels

Richard's resume

Senior Government and Community Relations and Development professional with experience and proven skills in writing more than a thousand grant proposals over a period of 35 years, and 74% of the proposals being funded and bringing over $76 million in funding for the clients I have served. Expertise and accomplishments include:
• Building partnerships in the community, creating conduits for the exchange of information, and researching proposed legislation and assessing its impact in the community.
• Wrote 19 proposals in response to Requests for Proposals from the National Science Foundation, 11 of which were funded by NSF, NASA, and the EPA. Working with scientific faculty members and peer-reviewed by panels of scientists across the country, translated project ideas into narratives built on evidence on why the project should be funded.
• Managed the annual Grants Portfolio of $25 million for Wake Technical CC, which represented as many as 100 active projects during the year. Set a series of deadlines for the various stages of grant-writing projects, with the final deadline being at least a week before the actual deadline for submitting the proposal to the funding agency.
• Used the compression planning process to generate specific ideas and plans, which takes preliminary project thoughts, translates technical and scientific information into organized thoughts and focused priorities, and betters the opportunity of projects being accepted and funded. Achieved $10.9 million in grants in FY 2017.

Master of Arts: Higher Education Administration, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC 2002

Certificate Class V, Leadership North Carolina, Raleigh, NC 1998

Organizational Leadership, Western Carolina Leadership Development Program, Cullowhee, NC 1992

Bachelor of Science: Political Science, Minor: History Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC 1981

RWS Partners, Raleigh-Durham, NC Aug 2019 – Present
• Consult with clients to help open doors to legislators and policymakers, assist with grant writing and development, and lead clients through the process of public information requests.

Wake Technical Community College, Raleigh-Durham, NC Dec 2010 – Aug 2019
Dean of Government Relations and Strategic Partnerships (Nov 2017 – Aug 2019)
• Worked on behalf of the College to strengthen and deepen relationships with federal and state governments in ways that increased the College’s visibility, improved its ability to compete for funding opportunities and appropriations, and facilitated participation in projects that move the college community forward.
• Informed Wake Tech's leadership of developments in legislation and policy likely to affect college operations and budgets by following a wide range of legislative issues, including financial aid, grants and research, campus safety, technology, and immigration.
• Facilitated visits to campus by legislators and staff, participated in state and national forums, made gathering spaces available across campuses, and served as a resource to law and policy-makers who represented the College’s service area. Key community partners included Federal and state levels of government, agencies, business and industry, the general public, and the K-20 pipeline.

Dean of Sponsored Programs, (Mar 2013 – Oct 2017)
• Managed a team of brilliant professionals that brought in more than $30 million for sponsored programs.
• Led monitoring and regulatory compliance efforts for all college grants, which included identifying and assisting with grant management needs such as procurement, training, and project modifications.
• Created and maintained standardized processes and procedures for the College to ensure grants compliance with a private foundation, local, State, and Federal laws.
• Won a $3.9 million grant in 2014 to the US Department of Labor’s TechHire program that was designed to bring high-technology skills to individuals with adverse life circumstances. Worked with the local Workforce Development Board and seven employer partners to create this awarded, 82-page proposal.

Director of Grants Development and Administration (Dec 2010 – Mar 2013)
• Led a team that wrote grant proposals that provided much-needed sources of revenue.

North Carolina Community College System, Raleigh-Durham, NC Mar 2005 – Nov 2010
Executive Director of the State Board of Community Colleges
• Led the senior administrative staff in all matters related to the State Board of Community Colleges, a 21-member board consisting of individuals appointed by the Governor, Senate, and House.
• Executive Officer for the State Board of Community Colleges, chief contact for professional staff, college presidents, trustees, and the community in their relationships with the Board, prepared policy briefs; and facilitated meetings of the Board in Raleigh and at off-site locations.
• Represented the System President and members of the State Board at monthly meetings of the State Board of Education (public schools) and the UNC Board of Governors (public university system).
• Provided oversight for the day-to-day operations of the North Carolina Community College Foundation (assets $6.4 million).
• Chaired and organized work of the State Employees Combined Campaign for the System Office; arranged and provided support for Red Cross Bloodmobile visits; and provided staff support for other community giving projects of the North Carolina Community College System staff. U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC

Congressman Cass Ballenger, US House of Representatives, Washington, DC Jun 2004 – Jan 2005
Education Fellow
• Served as staff to the Congressman relating to his duties on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, along with economic development and health care.
• Developed and evaluated legislation on issues related to secondary and post-secondary education, workforce training, science and technology, labor, justice, and defense-related issues.
• Authored floor statements, speeches, and constituent correspondence on behalf of the Congressman.
• Successfully facilitated the expedition of $10 million in National Emergency Grants to counties in western North Carolina caused by two major hurricanes in the fall of 2004.

Mayland Community College, Spruce Pine, NC Jan 1990 – Feb 2005
Director of College Relations
• Served as government and community relations manager for the College with federal and state legislators, county officials, and community groups and organizations.
• Represented the College to the community in local economic development initiatives.
• Ensured compliance with federal and state statutes and mandates, particularly with respect to personnel matters.

Special Assistant to the President
• Served as Chief of Staff to the college president and conducted special projects on his behalf.
• Established College Development Office and developed a process for increasing college involvement in the community and economic development.
• Responsible for contacts with federal and state governmental entities and elected representatives.

Assistant to the Vice President for Administrative Services
• Responsible for daily operations of the Administrative Services division of the College.
• Conducted government affairs contacts with federal, state, and local units of government.
• Served as College’s Compliance Officer for federal and state fiscal matters.
• Prepared annual college budget requests from federal, state, and local sources.

Senator James T. Broyhill, US Senate, Washington, DC Nov 1984 – Jan 1987
Legislative Director and District Director
• Served Congressman and later Senator James T. Broyhill on matters relating to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.
• Drafted legislative correspondence, floor statements, and speeches.
• Supervised handling of constituent inquiries related to education, justice, veterans affairs, economic development, technology, and science.
• Served as District Director for the Senator’s Western North Carolina office Asheville during 1986 and was his liaison to state and local governments and private interest groups.

Mark Media Inc., Burnsville, NC Aug 1982 – Nov 1984
Director of Operations
• Served as News Director for WKYK-AM and The Yancey Journal.
• Oversaw programming for the radio station and headed up its community affairs activities.

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