Cheryl Kester CFRE, GPC

Walton Arts Center

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Walton Arts Center


I have been a grants professional since 1999, starting out in higher ed. Since 2005, I have been a consultant in the firm that became The Kester Group, LLC. I specialized in federal grants, speaking/training, and program evaluation. In early 2017, I joined the staff of Walton Arts Center in Arkansas full time as their grants director. As a result, I am taking no new

I have a passion for introducing others into this profession and helping them build their grantsmanship skills. I also enjoy teaching grantwriting workshops and conference presentations all over the country for GPA chapters, AFP chapters and at national conferences. I also serve on grant review panels, from United Way on up to Federal review panels.

Specialties: Grants, higher education, federal grants, training/speaking, writing, health care, non-profits, project design