In addition to research, writing and publishing, Laura works on strategic planning and fundraising for history, art, and park organizations, with an emphasis on foundation and grant support. Part of her consultant work is to identify new and/or appropriate resources, conceptualize and submit proposals, working alongside internal staff and board members.
She has written successful grants for the Elm City Parks Conservancy, Site Projects, Inc., and the Department of Arts, Culture & Tourism, City of New Haven, Connecticut; for the Norwalk Historical Society in Norwalk, Connecticut; and in Virginia for Riverviews Artspace in Lynchburg, the Bower Center for the Arts in Bedford, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst.
Currently Laura writes for the Lynchburg Museum System & Foundation. For this organization, she also helped to identify and submit a successful application for museum staff to attend the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African American History and Culture’s workshop on “Interpreting African American History and Culture,” held in partnership with the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (January 2020) and wrote the museum’s application for an Organizational Assessment from the Museum Assessment Program (MAP), a collaborative program through the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Grant awards include funds from the J & E Berkley Foundation; Best Buy Foundation; Charlottesville Area Community Foundation; Coby Foundation; Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism; Connecticut Humanities; Could Be Fund; Easley Trust; Sam and Marion Golden Helping Hand Foundation; Richard & Caroline T. Gwathmey Memorial Trust; Herndon Foundation; James River Arts & Cultural District Program; Henry A. Jordan, M.D. Preservation Excellence Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation; Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation; The David T. Langrock Foundation; Marietta McNeill Morgan and Samuel Tate Morgan, Jr. Trust; National Endowment for the Arts; National Trust for Historic Preservation; NewAlliance Foundation; Ovation Foundation; Puffin Foundation; Quinnipiac River Fund; Richard S. Reynolds Foundation; Schewel Foundation; SOS! Save Outdoor Sculpture; Al Stroobants Foundation; Virginia Commission for the Arts; Virginia Humanities and the Walmart Foundation.
As a Fulbright Scholar (2008-2010), she wrote successful proposals for the Swaziland National Museum in southern Africa, including an award from the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation, U.S. State Department.