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Tri Cities non-profits sharpening skills to win fewer government grants

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Kennewick, WA-With governments cutting budgets, competition for grant money is getting stiffer.

About 100 non-profit organizations in the Mid Columbia crammed the United Way building in the Tri-Cities Thursday to master the art of winning government grants.

Erin Tomlinson, a grant writer for Lourdes Health Network, says the non-profits in the community aren't competing, but are actually working together to bring more government grants to the Mid Columbia.

"Within our organizations we always have such huge needs, that we're trying so hard to meet those needs, and we forget we can be more effective if we work together," Tomlinson says. "And this community is really good at that. We just sometimes forget to do it."

With less money to work with, Tomlinson says governments will be more likely to give grants to communities where non-profit groups collaborate so services aren't duplicated. 

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