In addition to research, writing and publishing, Laura works on planning and fundraising for history, art, and park organizations, with an emphasis on local, state, and national funders. Part of this work is to identify new and/or appropriate resources and conceptualize and submit proposals, working alongside internal staff and board members. Stewardship of funders and awards is part of this work.
She has served as a Grant Review Panelist for the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DC CAH), HumanitiesDC, and the Virginia Commission on the Arts (VCA). Currently, she is a Peer Review Panelist for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program through the Institute of International Education (IIE) in the areas of Arts Management, Museum Studies, and Preservation and a proposal reviewer for the annual Fulbright conference. In 2021-2023, Laura is an Editorial Board Member for the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), and reviews manuscript proposals and full manuscripts for Rowman & Littlefield and Routledge in the areas of arts, heritage, and culture.
York County History Center (2022). Awarded funds from the BLOOM / York County Trail Towns Program, York County Economic Alliance; NiSource Foundation/Columbia Gas; Keystone Historic Preservation Grant Program and the Historical and Cultural Support Program, both of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC); UPMC; The McCormick Family Foundation; The Cultural Alliance of York County; M&T Bank Charitable Foundation; Foundant Technologies; Bob Hoffman Foundation; Rice Family Foundation; and the Racial Equity Fund of the York County Community Foundation. Also worked on sponsorship for special events and the EITC/EIO program and submitted interim and final reports to multiple funders as needed.
Lynchburg Museum Foundation / Lynchburg Museum System (2019–2020). Awarded funds for programming and capital campaign, including awards from the Gwathmey Memorial Trust; The Al Stroobants Foundation; The Sam and Marion Golden Helping Hands Foundation; Walmart Foundation; Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation; and Virginia Humanities. Also, awarded a Museum Assessment Program (MAP) of the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the American Association of Museums and the Smithsonian Institution’s Workshop in Interpreting African American History and Culture.
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2017–2019). Awarded funds for programming and capital projects, including funds from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation; Henry A. Jordan Fund, M.D., Preservation Excellence Fund, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Berkeley Foundation; Richard S. Reynolds Foundation; The Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation; National Trust for Historic Preservation; Bama Works Fund of the Dave Matthews Band, Charlottesville Area Community Foundation; The Morgan Trust; The Al Stroobants Foundation and the Schewel Foundation.
Riverviews Artspace (2016–2018). Awarded funds for programming and capital projects, including funds from the James River Arts & Cultural District Program; Virginia Humanities; National Trust for Historic Preservation; Greater Lynchburg Community Trust Appalachian Electric Power; Areva; Puffin Foundation, Easley Foundation; winner of the national OVATION award for the creative economy, 2017-2018; Best Buy Foundation; and the Al Stroobants Foundation.
Other Grant-Writing Clients from 2016–2020 were Georgetown Heritage in Washington, D.C. (awarded from the National Park Trust and the National Trust for Historic Preservation); Bower Center for the Arts in Bedford, Virginia (received funds from Virginia Humanities and the Virginia Commission on the Arts); Strawtown Art Studio in Nyack, New York (received funds from the National Endowment for the Arts); and Site Projects, Inc., in New Haven, Connecticut (received funds from the New Alliance Foundation; Langrock Foundation; Connecticut Office of the Arts; and the Could Be Fund).
As a Fulbright Scholar (2008–2010), Laura wrote successful proposals for the Swaziland National Museum in southern Africa (today, Eswatini), including an award from the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation, U.S. State Department.