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Grants workshop to be held in Columbus on March 20

ATHENS, Ohio (March 5, 2004) -- Ohio University Community and Professional Programs is hosting the popular "Developing Winning Grant Proposals" workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 20 at Quest Business Center in Columbus.

This informative one-day seminar, is ideal for those with little or no experience in grant writing and will take you step-by-step through proven techniques for identifying and contacting potential funders, developing and submitting proposals, and following up on your requests.

Workshop participants will learn the format of a complete grant proposal as well as how to tailor proposal formats to meet the requirements of different funders. How to improve the match between grantseeker needs and funder priorities is also explored. The criteria that funders use in evaluating grant proposals will be covered along with tips on how to avoid common grantwriting pitfalls

The instructor, writer and consultant Gwen Finegan, works with corporate, government and nonprofit clients. Since the first grant she wrote over 20 years ago, Ms. Finegan has been successful in attracting over $5 million in awards from private foundations and state and federal government.

The fee for the workshop is $95 for residents of the Appalachian regions of Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky and $109 for all others. The fee includes lunch, materials (200-page manual), instruction and a continuing education unit (CEU) certificate worth 0.55 CEUs. Pre-registration is required.

"In such difficult economic times, there are so many people who need grant money, but don't know how to get started with the application process. We hope to demystify that process in this workshop," said Lisa Dael, program coordinator for Community and Professional Programs.

For more information on other upcoming grant workshops or to register, contact Community and Professional Programs at (740) 593-9925 or visit www.ohiou.edu/noncredit/grants.htm.

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Media Contact: Lisa Dael, (740) 593-9925

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