Grant writing classes traditionally don't draw a crowd. In fact, some were canceled 20 years ago for lack of interest on the part of state and local agencies, nonprofits and other groups.
Even much more recently, Housing and Urban Development Field Services Director Tony Ramirez said a workshop would draw only about 40 people.
But the recession changed that. As Ramirez opened a training session in Reno on Tuesday, he told the crowded auditorium at McKinley Park school they were among 170 who signed up for the two-day workshop.
That was the capacity of the room, he said, forcing them …