LITTLE ROCK — Learn the basics of researching grant opportunities through the Foundation Directory Online!

The Arkansas Arts Council, in partnership with the Central Arkansas Library System, will hold a GetSmART! Learning Series workshop with consultant Brenda Mauldin from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the library on the third floor of 100 S. Rock St.

This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to the Foundation Center’s Foundation Directory Online, which is used to find possible grant funding and grant-writing guidance. The Foundation Center is a leading source of information on philanthropy, fundraising and grant programs.

Participants will have access to a workstation and will learn how to:

Access the director at CALS

Understand the directory

Create search queries

Read and understand query results

Save search results

Review best practices of research

Participants should bring a thumb drive to save research results. The computer lab cannot be entered before 9:30 a.m.

Cost to attend the workshop is $15 and includes a lunch. However, seating is limited to 14 because of workstation accessibility. Parking is available in the library’s parking lot and parking deck for half price.

Mauldin has more than 25 years of experience in the grant-writing process. She has an in-depth knowledge of researching, developing and creating development proposals and grant strategies.

She has experience in nonprofit management and administration, board development, strategic planning, fundraising and volunteer management. She has worked with a variety of organizations to raise funds for the arts, youth programs, a hospice program and a Christian residential youth home.

An Arkansas native, Mauldin graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and lives in Benton with her husband. To learn more about her background, visit

For more information about the workshop, contact Janet Perkins, community development program manager, at or at 501-324-9775. Please contact the Arkansas Arts Council for accessibility needs, including sight, hearing or food at 501-324-9775.

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