Lydia Howie Receives National Honor
The Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI), presented Lydia S. Howie, MS, GPC, with its 2019 Pauline G. Annarino Award, the grant writing industry’s highest national honor for impact on the grant writing industry and profession. The award was presented on November 8, 2019 in Washington, DC at the national Grant Professional Association’s annual conference, which was attended by 880 attendees.
Ms. Howie was recognized for having founded the Grant Professionals of Lower Hudson and for her contributions to the grant writing industry including guest speaking regularly on grant writing locally and nationally; authoring numerous industry articles; encouraging/supporting over 10 individuals who have become grant writers/consultants; promoting/helping three other writers obtain their Grant Profession Certification (GPC); and having fielded hundreds of calls from nonprofit agencies and grant writers seeking advice and individuals considering a grant writing career.
Through the Grant Professionals of Lower Hudson (GPLH), Ms. Howie has firmly established a grant writing legacy in Westchester County, NY. GPLH has become one of the major regional nonprofit support agencies in the County providing quarterly education, a Meet the Funders event, an internship program to “breed” grant writers, free counseling to individuals interested in becoming a grant writer and nonprofits who seek grant writing advice, job/consultant referral, speakers bureau, free website resources, and networking.
Ms. Howie was in the first in Westchester County, NY, to earn her Grant Professional Certification -- the “CPA” of the grants industry. She is one of ten in the State of Maryland and one of two in Cecil County to possess the credential.
Photo: Julie Assel, President of the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (left) presents Lydia Howie (right) with the grant writing industry award