The Section is charged with the role of securing external funding through grant proposal writing to Federal, state, and private foundations solicitations for grant applications and/or requests for proposals. This process involves research, project design, original writing/editing, and coordination/collaboration with various levels of government, business, faith-based/community-based organizations and advocacy groups. A comprehensive network of grant writers has been established with several state departments, two-year colleges, and faith-based/community-based organizations. Inherent in this process is the collaboration by the section with agency officials in the above entities in order to secure external funding for the state of Alabama. The Section engages in networking, service coordination, active cooperation agreements and collaboration activities with staff of other divisions, state departments, businesses/industries, two and four year universities/colleges (In-State and Out of State), and faith-based/community-based organizations for the purpose of evaluating similar activities and programs and recommending those which may be appropriately implemented in the Alabama Workforce Development System.