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Brenda S. Banks Educational Workshop Scholarship

The Society of Georgia Archivists is now accepting applications for the 2024 Brenda S. Banks Educational Workshop Scholarship. The application deadline is May 13, 2024.

Starting in 2008, the Society of Georgia Archivists has awarded a scholarship each year for attendance at an SGA-sponsored Spring/Summer Workshop. Past SGA workshops have addressed a variety of themes and issues faced by archivists and archival institutions, including electronic records, exhibits, donor relations, digital collections, diversity, and funding.

This year's Spring/Summer workshop will be Writing for Impact: Introductory Grant Writing Workshop, providing an introductory session about the basic fundamentals of grant writing, grant research, and the overall grant lifecycle.

Speaker: Lilly Heidari (she/they), Grants and Development Manager at the Historic Oakland Foundation, former Manager of Donor and Guest Relations at the High Museum.

Join us for an interactive and informative workshop on the fundamentals of grant writing. Led by an experienced grant writer, this workshop will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively navigate the grant writing process and provide a space to ask any questions you may have. Throughout the workshop, you'll learn more about the basics of grant writing, including understanding the terminology and structure of grant proposals, tips for adapting your language to apply for funding from different grantmakers, databases with grant opportunities, and more! Whether you're a beginner looking to learn the ropes or a seasoned grant writer seeking to refine your skills, this workshop will provide you with valuable insights and practical tools to nurture your grant writing abilities. May 16, 2024, 12 pm - 1:15 pm, Zoom link to come.

Meet The Speaker

Lilly Heidari (she/they) is an Atlanta-based grant writer and manager. Originally from Columbia, South Carolina, she holds a B.A. in English and Theatre with a Concentration in Creative Writing from the University of South Carolina. Previously, Lilly worked for non-profit film production company Local Cinema Studios coordinating partner relations, events, and grant writing and management. They have spent the past two years working as Manager of Grants and Donor Relations at the High Museum of Art, managing government, foundation, and corporate grants as well as the museum’s Friends of the Collection donor groups. In April 2024, she started at the Historic Oakland Foundation as their Grants and Development Manager working on grants to fund the Oakland Cemetery’s educational and historical programming as well as conservation and preservation initiatives. A proud Iranian-American, Lilly is also an actor, writer, and musician.  


Members: $10
Non-members: $25
Students: $15

For more information and to register for each workshop go to:

Scholarship parameters: The registration fee for one of the desired workshops will be waived by the Society of Georgia Archivists for the successful scholarship applicant. Additionally, the recipient of the scholarship will also receive a $100 credit to apply to a Society of American Archivists (SAA) class or purchase in the SAA bookstore. Please note that the scholarship winner is responsible for submitting their workshop registration form by the registration deadline. After the workshop, the recipient will submit a brief article on the experience for use in the SGA Newsletter.


Individuals eligible to compete for the scholarship are those engaged in compensated or volunteer archival work at any level in an institution in the state of Georgia, SGA members employed outside the state of Georgia, graduate students preparing for a career in archives at a college or university in Georgia, or SGA student members studying outside the state of Georgia. Preference will be given to applicants who do not have access to institutional support for attending the SGA Spring/Summer Workshop. Individuals may apply or be nominated by a supervisor or instructor.

To Apply

To apply for the Brenda S. Banks Educational Workshop Scholarship, please complete the online application and submit your cover letter and CV or resume to, prior to Early May, date still to be determined.

For more information or if you have any questions (or experience any difficulty with the online form) please contact:

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