About the Teacher
The training course is delivered by an expert in European and International Politics. Penny has been working with nonprofit, community-based and civil society organisations in international development projects and programmes. She has been providing training, including grant proposal writing training, and technical assistance in European Commission funded projects over the last 16 years.
Her professional experience covers implementation and management of technical assistance projects for major international donors such as European Union, the World Bank, UN Development Programme. Penny has a solid track record as a grant expert, collaborating with donors and program directors to pair program needs with appropriate funding sources, overseeing grant proposal writing, contracts, and award phases of grants and endowments and managing projects’ spending, reports and invoicing.
She has been providing technical assistance to programme initiators in the development and launching of grant schemes by preparing calls for proposals and guidelines for applicants in different sectors including regional development, social inclusion, economic competitiveness and energy efficiency.
Penny has served as grant reviewer in a number of donor-funded projects undertaking appraisal of project proposals as part of a competitive application process. She has provided selection and funding recommendations, as well as constructive feedback to all successful and unsuccessful applicants.
Since 2002, Penny has been providing training, coaching and mentoring to potential grant applicants and grant holders on all aspects of grant proposal development and application preparation and grant contracts’ implementation and monitoring, ensuring that funds are spent-down efficiently and in-line with contractual terms and agreements. Overall, she functions as a chief liaison between grant operators and donors, negotiating contracts and facilitating operations.