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Ohio University to offer Two-day Grant Writing Seminar

ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 14, 2005) -- Ohio University Community and Professional Programs is offering a two-day seminar series on grant writing. "Achieving Grant Writing Success" will be held at Ohio University Dec. 9 and 10 from 9 to 4 p.m. Participants will receive two specially designed manuals and a certificate of completion.

The first day, "Developing Winning Proposals," is an intensive hands-on seminar designed for those with little or no grant writing experience. This seminar will teach how to excel at researching, planning, organizing, and writing a fundable proposal. Participants will gain new insights by exploring the criteria that funders use to evaluate grant proposals.

The second seminar, "The Secrets to Successful Grants Management" will explain how to properly manage a grant once it is rewarded. A wide variety of topics will be explored such as meeting the funder's requirements, dealing with program changes, funding restrictions, reporting procedures, and looking for continued support.

"The grant writing process is quite complex," says Lisa S. Dael, Program Coordinator. "Our courses help participants identify and clarify the steps necessary to write a grant proposal that will get funded."

The seminar instructors are Nancy Heller and Gwen Finegan. Heller writes grant proposals for schools, arts organizations, nonprofit groups and small businesses. She volunteers for the Small Business Development Center, helping startup organizations research and write grant proposals. Finegan is a writer and consultant for corporate, government, and nonprofit clients. Through the Community Grant Consortium in Butler County, Finegan helps social service nonprofits diversify and expand their sources of funding. She has earned over $5 million in awards from private foundations and state and federal government.

To register or for more information, call (740) 593-1764 or visit Community and Professional Programs online at www.ohiou.edu/noncredit/grants/workshops.htm. Cost for this two-day program is $250 for residents of Appalachian Counties and Ohio University faculty and staff, and $285 for all others. Pre-registration is required.

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Media Contact: Program Coordinator Lisa S. Dael, (740) 593-9925 or dael@ohio.edu

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