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Shelia Hester-Friday

Born: Chicago, Illinois
Connection to Illinois: Hester-Friday was born and raised in Chicago and has lived in Illinois her entire life.

Biography: Shelia Hester-Friday MPA, GPC, is a strategist, grant specialist and publicist with extensive experience in organization and program development. She is one of only 17 credentialed grant professionals in the State of Illinois that holds the internationally recognized Grant Professional Certification (GPC). During her career she has secured, managed, and evaluated more than twenty-five million dollars in grant funding. Ms. Hester-Friday is the CEO of Relativity Resources LLC, a business development firm that provides a variety of growth strategies to education institutions, government agencies, small businesses, non-profit and faith-based organizations. They include strategic planning, grant writing, public relations, program development, organizational assessment, and evaluation activities. As a journalist, she has authored articles that appeared in the Chicago Tribune, South Suburban News, and ENews Park Forest. Her extensive professional career includes Grants and Public Relations Administrator at a public school district in Illinois, former adjunct professor at Governors State University, former Health Systems Specialist for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, and Grants Manager for the State of Illinois.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

The Grant Writing Book: A Step-by-Step to Writing Effective Grant Proposals

Relativity Resources LLC 2022

The Grant Writing Book is a Step-by-Step Guide to learning how to develop successful grants for non-profit organizations, education institutions, faith-based organizations, and individuals interested learning or applying for various types of grant funding. Appropriate for beginning, intermediate, and advanced grant writers, this must-have guide provides valuable information on the pre-grant writing, research and identifying grant funders, grant writing, and the post-grant writing processes.. This book is perfect for individuals, grant writing classes, workshops and program development activities.The author writes in an informative, yet engaging manner to guide you through the process of preparing for grant funding and telling your story to potential funders. In addition to providing straight forward and detailed information, the author provides 12 worksheets that may be utilized during the pre-grant writing and grant writing process and two samples of grant proposals. Each chapter of this book follows the step-by-step process of grant writing. Learn how to assess your organization by conducting a SWOT analysis, determine grant readiness, identify and communicate with potential funders, solicit support for your program or project, and write a compelling grant proposal. Learn how to identify your goals, objectives, and create program strategies by creating an effective logic model. Also included in this book is a detailed template of a program budget, which idenitfies a breakdown of expenses and revenues based on the federal government guidelines. Shelia Hester-Friday is a former adjunct professor with over twenty-five years of grant writing, strategic planning, and program development experience. She is also credentialed with the internationally recognized Grant Professional Certification (GPC) endorsement.