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  • Sheila Grant, Freelance Writer/Photographer: Sheila Grant has been a writer/photographer for over a decade. Grant’s work has been recognized by the Maine Press Association and the New England Outdoor Writers Association. She is a regular contributor to The Piscataquis Times, Bangor Daily News Special Sections, Northwoods Sporting Journal and to Game and Fish magazines covering Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and New England. Her work also recently appeared in Bangor Metro magazine and at www.OneNewEngland.com.
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  • Sample Published Articles: Sheila Grant has been a writer/photographer for over a decade. Grant’s work has been recognized by the Maine Press Association and the New England Outdoor Writers Association.
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  • Published Business & Economic Development Articles: Sheila Grant has been a writer/photographer for over a decade. Grant’s work has been recognized by the Maine Press Association and the New England Outdoor Writers Association.
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  • Business & Economic Development Articles 2010: Sheila Grant has been a writer/photographer for over a decade. Grant’s work has been recognized by the Maine Press Association and the New England Outdoor Writers Association.
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  • Published Community Articles: Sheila Grant has been a writer/photographer for over a decade. Grant’s work has been recognized by the Maine Press Association and the New England Outdoor Writers Association.
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  • Education Articles: Sheila Grant has been a writer/photographer for over a decade. Grant’s work has been recognized by the Maine Press Association and the New England Outdoor Writers Association.
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  • Education Articles 2010: Sheila Grant has been a writer/photographer for over a decade. Grant’s work has been recognized by the Maine Press Association and the New England Outdoor Writers Association.
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  • Profile Articles: Sheila Grant has been a writer/photographer for over a decade. Grant’s work has been recognized by the Maine Press Association and the New England Outdoor Writers Association.
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  • Profile Articles 2010: Sheila Grant has been a writer/photographer for over a decade. Grant’s work has been recognized by the Maine Press Association and the New England Outdoor Writers Association.
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  • Published Outdoor Recreation & Travel Articles: Sheila Grant has been a writer/photographer for over a decade. Grant’s work has been recognized by the Maine Press Association and the New England Outdoor Writers Association.
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  • Outdoor Article 2009 - Published Outdoor Recreation & Travel Articles: Sheila Grant has been a writer/photographer for over a decade. Grant’s work has been recognized by the Maine Press Association and the New England Outdoor Writers Association.
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  • Outdoor Article 2010 - Published Outdoor Recreation & Travel Articles: Sheila Grant has been a writer/photographer for over a decade. Grant’s work has been recognized by the Maine Press Association and the New England Outdoor Writers Association.
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  • Highlands Journal Articles: Sheila Grant has been a writer/photographer for over a decade. Grant’s work has been recognized by the Maine Press Association and the New England Outdoor Writers Association.
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  • New England Game & Fish Articles: Sheila Grant has been a writer/photographer for over a decade. Grant’s work has been recognized by the Maine Press Association and the New England Outdoor Writers Association.
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  • 50 Great New England Family Fishing Vacations by Sheila Grant - My first book, “50 Great New England Family Fishing Vacations,” was released by North Country Press on June 1, 2011. While the book does indeed highlight great places to fish, it is also a “where to” book on great places to stay, eat, shop, hike, golf and more. Any good vacation needs to include something every member of the family will enjoy, so the book also covers interesting natural resource education opportunities, hands-on learning opportunities, museums, amusement parks, zoos and other kid-friendly fun. This travel guide contains over 61,000 words of text, and more than 100 photographs from my own collection and gathered cooperatively from tourism and fish and game offices in all six New England states.
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  • Photography - Telling the story in pictures: Sheila Grant has been a writer/photographer for over a decade. In 2005, Grant won first place in the Education category of the National Association of Conservation Districts competition with her photograph “Studying the Soil.” In 2007, she won first place in the Flora category of the New England Outdoor Writers Association competition with “Balloon Flowers.”
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  • Perspectives Photography - Telling the story in pictures: Sheila Grant has been a writer/photographer for over a decade. In 2005, Grant won first place in the Education category of the National Association of Conservation Districts competition with her photograph “Studying the Soil.” In 2007, she won first place in the Flora category of the New England Outdoor Writers Association competition with “Balloon Flowers.”
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  • Fauna Photography - Telling the story in pictures: Sheila Grant has been a writer/photographer for over a decade. In 2005, Grant won first place in the Education category of the National Association of Conservation Districts competition with her photograph “Studying the Soil.” In 2007, she won first place in the Flora category of the New England Outdoor Writers Association competition with “Balloon Flowers.”
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  • Outdoor Recreation Photography - Telling the story in pictures: Sheila Grant has been a writer/photographer for over a decade. In 2005, Grant won first place in the Education category of the National Association of Conservation Districts competition with her photograph “Studying the Soil.” In 2007, she won first place in the Flora category of the New England Outdoor Writers Association competition with “Balloon Flowers.”
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  • People Photography - Telling the story in pictures: Sheila Grant has been a writer/photographer for over a decade. In 2005, Grant won first place in the Education category of the National Association of Conservation Districts competition with her photograph “Studying the Soil.” In 2007, she won first place in the Flora category of the New England Outdoor Writers Association competition with “Balloon Flowers.”
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  • Places & Travel Photography - Telling the story in pictures: Sheila Grant has been a writer/photographer for over a decade. In 2005, Grant won first place in the Education category of the National Association of Conservation Districts competition with her photograph “Studying the Soil.” In 2007, she won first place in the Flora category of the New England Outdoor Writers Association competition with “Balloon Flowers.”
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  • Services: Her public relations, marketing and grant writing skills are available to organizations through seminar presentations and via consultant work.
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  • Sheila Grant offers Public Relations: I have years of experience helping non-profit organizations and community groups do public outreach and education, creating “buzz” about their missions and garnering awards at state and national levels. I would enjoy helping your organization make those vital connections, as well.
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  • Sheila Grant offers Grant Writing: I have written many successful grant applications and would be happy to assist your organization in seeking and applying for grant funds from foundations and state/federal programs. Click to see a partial list of successful grant applications:
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  • Sheila Grant offers Freelance Writing: While I am not an expert in all things, I do know how to locate and accurately interview experts in most fields. I have written about a wide variety of topics over the years – to specs and on deadline. If your publication needs a skilled, reliable writer who will keep readers happy and make the editor’s life easier, please consider giving me the assignment.
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  • Sheila Grant offers Marketing Services:I have years of experience reaching out to clients and customers via posters, brochures, press releases, public speaking engagements, radio PSAs, and television spots to provide education about existing and newly-developed services and products. Let me help your organization develop an outreach and delivery strategy that will maximize contact with your target audience.
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  • Sheila Grant offers Seminars and Workshops: I am available to present a three-hour seminar on working with the media geared toward helping organizations get into print and on the air more frequently.I occasionally offer a six-week Writing for Publication course geared toward new writers wanting to locate markets and appropriately format submission materials.I am available to speak with writer’s groups about the process of building a successful writing career.
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  • Sheila Grant offers Consulting On: Grant Searches and Applications, Downtown Action Plans, Press Releases, Speech Writing, Annual Report & Newsletter design, copy and editing, Web Site Content, Voice work for PSAs and other recorded narrative Program/Event development and promotion
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  • Sheila Grant's Resume: A Freelance Writer/Photographer - Sheila Grant, Freelance Writer/Photographer Resume Freelance Writing 1990 – ongoing Since late 2010, I have been the contract editor/writer of the “Downtown Idea Exchange” and the “Downtown Promotion Reporter.” Both monthly newsletters cover economic development news throughout the U.S. and Canada. The DIX covers a full range of economic development strategies for downtowns of all sizes, while the DPR focuses more narrowly on marketing and promoting the area to residents, workers, shoppers and others. My first book, “50 Great New England Family Fishing Vacations,” was released by North Country Press on June 1, 2011. While the book does indeed highlight great places to fish, it is also a “where to” book on great places to stay, eat, shop, hike, golf and more. Any good vacation needs to include something every member of the family will enjoy, so the book also covers interesting natural resource education opportunities, hands-on learning opportunities, museums, amusement parks, zoos and other kid-friendly fun. This guide contains over 61,000 words of text, and more than 100 photographs from my own collection and gathered cooperatively from tourism and fish and game offices in all six New England states. My work has appeared in North Country, Up North, Bangor Metro, New England Game and Fish, Pennsylvania Game and Fish, Ohio Game and Fish, New York Game and Fish and The Tennessee Sportsman. For several years, I wrote monthly columns for New England Game and Fish and the Northwoods Sporting Journal. I was also responsible for annual family travel and fishing destination pieces for all of the game and fish magazines. I am a freelance writer for Bangor Daily News custom publications, covering a wide variety of topics annually. I write a weekly feature for The Highlands Journal newspaper. My weekly features often focus on non-profit agency efforts, volunteers working to better their communities, local artisans, or issues common to most Piscataquis residents. I teach an adult education class on writing for publication, and a seminar for non-profits on working with the media. I have also done grant writing, both as a volunteer (for local fire departments) and as a paid consultant. My husband (who was with the Guilford Volunteer Fire Department for 19 years) and I have successfully obtained over $700,000 in grant funds for firefighting vehicles and equipment in Guilford. We also successfully assisted the Corinna Fire Department in obtaining grant funds. During my work with various agencies over the years I have successfully applied for grants from the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, the Community Development Block Grant program, the Maine Community Foundation and several other funding agencies. I have worked as a consultant for the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office, Piscataquis County Economic Development Council and the Dover-Foxcroft Police Department. Both law enforcement agencies have been successful in obtaining grant funds via applications I assisted with. PCEDC has helped the town of Milo with several downtown revitalization grants, using me as a consultant to draft the Milo Downtown Action Plan. In 2010, I completed a similar plan for the town of Monson, Maine. I remain an active member of the PCEDC board, and maintain good relationships with representatives from each of our congressional offices, our county commissioners, municipal officials and leaders from business and non-profit sectors. I am also a member of the Maine Press Association, an active member of the New England Outdoor Writers Association, and I sit on the board of “Becoming an Outdoors Woman,” a program of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Piscataquis County Economic Development Council Community Development Specialist March 2006 – November 2007 During this temporary, grant-funded position, I was responsible for building community partnerships and assisting communities and non-profit organizations in developing and funding projects of economic benefit to the region. Economic development focuses more directly on the creation of jobs. Adding the community development position allowed PCEDC to focus on issues like infrastructure and quality of life improvements that would hopefully benefit current residents while also attracting new employers and workers to the region. I was responsible for contact with all of the municipal governments in Piscataquis County, the Piscataquis County Commission, and several non-profit agencies. I sat on several committees, including the Penquis Resource Exchange, the Cultural Heritage Eco-tourism Committee and the Piscataquis Tourism Task Force. I was also responsible for generating press releases, news reports and brochures promoting PCEDC’s work. I remain an active member of the PCEDC Board to date. During my time with PCEDC, I started the trailhead project at the Appalachian Trial in Monson, helped Milo obtain a new generator at the town office, assisted Milo in obtaining funding for their new industrial park, assisted Dover-Foxcroft in obtaining funds for a new sidewalk and for a downtown tree inventory and brought travel writers to the region for a familiarization tour that I arranged and implemented. Piscataquis County Soil & Water Conservation District Executive Director May, 2001- April 2006 I was responsible for all aspects of running the PCSWCD office and programs, with oversight by a volunteer board of supervisors that meets once per month. I have trained an administrative assistant, who I continued to supervise, to do the filing, typing, payroll, quarterly and annual taxes and to assist with program implementation. I arranged, found funding for and implemented a wide array of natural resource conservation education programs annually. The largest of these was the two-week summer camp for children, which has grown from a mornings-only camp of 15 to two sessions per day accommodating 60 children. I have also assisted the district in funding and implementing development of a 180-acre Demonstration Forest in Williamsburg Plantation. I have written a number of successful grants each year to implement these programs. When hired for this 20-hour-per-week position, I was asked to increase visibility of the district with the public, fellow conservation agencies and potential partners. During my time there, the district was mentioned in the media nearly weekly and at least 100 times per year. I also wrote, designed and published an annual report, quarterly newsletters and all event brochures and posters. I served as Election Superintendent for the statewide District Employee Committee and as lead writer on the Maine Association of Conservation Districts Public Relations Committee. We were a lead district on a statewide Ed Web grant to design a signature educational program that can be offered by all districts to Maine middle school educators. The board chair, Stephen Hobart, served as president of the Maine Association of Conservation Districts, and I as his executive assistant for the duration of his term. The district received numerous state and national awards during my employ, including the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief’s Field Award for the Northeast Region of the country; third in the nation for Supervisor of the Year for Stephen Hobart; Maine Association of Conservation Districts Education District of the Year; and first place in the 2006 National Association of Conservation Districts Photo Contest in the education category. In 2005, they were one of five districts in the country selected to present our “Piscataquis success story” at the national meeting of conservation districts in Atlanta, GA. District partnerships grew beyond counting and included town and county government and agencies, local businesses, other non-profits, schools and many individuals. Summer camp alone involved Save a Lot and Horizon Organics who fed summer camp kids, while Wal-Mart provided craft supplies and funders included the Milo Garden Club, the Piscataquis Public Health Council, United Way’s Keeping Kids on Track program and the Maine Community Foundation’s Piscataquis County Fund. Six farms donated time for the camp while five agencies donate professional guest speakers: Maine Forest Service, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Penobscot Indian Nation, University of Maine and NRCS. Staff Writer, Reporter, Photographer 1996 – 2001 My duties included coverage of all aspects of life in the towns of Greenville, Shirley, Monson, Abbot, Guilford, Sangerville, Dover-Foxcroft, Parkman, Cambridge, Wellington, Dexter, Ripley, Exeter, Garland, Corinna and Newport. I worked as correspondent, part-time and full-time staff. While full-time, my duties also included coverage of Piscataquis County Commissioners and district and superior court. I was lead paginator, responsible for laying out the pages of the paper each week. I also supervised our Greenville correspondent, coordinating her coverage, editing her work and preparing her photographs for publication. I developed story ideas, followed leads, researched subjects, interviewed, and did my own photography. I averaged 12 stories each week while full-time. As a part-time employee, I was responsible for one front page story, the Dexter/Newport page, and business, recreation and general interest stories as they occurred in my coverage area. In 2000, my work was recognized by the Maine Press Association. While with the Observer, I covered many of the meetings that were the forerunners of today’s economic development movement in the region. I also did vast numbers of new business stories and learned a great deal about our business community. Literacy Volunteers of America, Dover-Foxcroft Affiliate 1990 – 1994 I began as a tutor in November of 1990. I became Volunteer Coordinator in April of 1991 and was responsible for maintaining seven student/tutor matches, tracking volunteer hours, recruiting new volunteers, organizing training sessions for new volunteers and matching students with tutors. I planned and attended monthly board meetings, and acted as liaison between the local and state organization. I was also responsible for annual reports necessary to maintaining our 501(C3) status. As director of the affiliate, I wrote a $28,000 CDBG to open an outreach office in Dover-Foxcroft. My responsibilities expanded to include fundraising, planning public relations events, writing speeches, grants and public relations materials, supervising office volunteers, establishing a student library at the office, and all facets of office operations. Our services expanded to include Newport, and we had more than 40 tutor/student matches. We were recognized as Maine Affiliate of the Year in 1994. During my time with the affiliate, the Points of Light Foundations recognized us as one of the 1000 Points of Light. We were then selected to represent all of Maine’s Points of Lights, so affiliate co-founder Betty Ellis and I traveled to Washington, DC to attend a White House reception hosted by President and Mrs. Bush. KeyBank, Guilford Branch 1985 - 1990 My responsibilities included walk-in, drive-up and telephone customer service, retail sale of bank services, writing public relations materials, inventory and control of U.S. Savings Bonds, and traveling with a “portable” bank once each week to service customers from the basement of the Monson Town Office. While employed by KeyBank, I completed several courses with an “A” average, including “Principles of Banking,” “Law & Banking Applications,” “Older Bank Customers” and “Selling Bank Services.” My years at the bank were my introduction to the business community in Piscataquis County, and I maintained many of those contacts as I found new ways to partner with them at each of my jobs over the years.
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  • Contact Sheila Grant at 207-876-4915 or writer@sdgrant.com
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