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Ohio University to offer two-day grant writing seminar

ATHENS, Ohio (Aug. 9, 2005) -- Ohio University Community and Professional Programs will be offering a new and improved two-day seminar on grant writing titled, "Achieving Grantwriting Success," 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 9-10 at Ohio University's Grover Center.

Developing Winning Proposals is an intensive hands-on seminar covering an array of areas essential to successful grant writing. Designed for those with little or no grant writing experience, this seminar is for the proposal writer who wants to learn how to excel at researching, planning, organizing and writing a fundable proposal while meeting the requirements of the funder. Participants will gain new insights into the process by exploring the criteria that funders use in evaluating grant proposals. Non-profit groups, government agencies, small businesses, arts organizations, athletic groups, churches and many others can benefit from the information presented.

Community and Professional Programs has been successfully training prospective grant writers throughout the region for many years. One participant had this to say, "I've attended many workshops, seminars and conferences - this has to rank as either one or two. The content I received and the way this was presented has given an awesome impression and will be invaluable."

The Secrets to Successful Grants Management picks up where Developing Winning Grant Proposals left off. In this seminar, we will explore the intricacies of successful grants management and will help answer the question, "I was just awarded grant funding. What do I do now?" A wide variety of topics will be explored, including meeting the funder's requirements, dealing with inevitable program changes, funding restrictions, reporting procedures and looking for continued support to sustain the project.

Seminar instructors Gwen Finegan and Nancy Heller are both accomplished grant writers with many years of experience.

Heller has been a teacher, program administrator, grant writer and adult education consultant. She has written successful grant proposals for schools, arts organizations, nonprofit groups and small businesses and has served as a volunteer for the Small Business Development Center, helping startup organizations research and write grant proposals.

Finegan is a writer and consultant who works with corporate, government, and nonprofit clients. Since May 2002, she has been working, through the Community Grant Consortium in Butler County, to help social service nonprofits diversify and expand their sources of funding. She has been successful in attracting over $5 million in awards from private foundations and state and federal government.

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

Participants will receive a manual for each seminar - created specifically for this series - as well as a certificate of completion.

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

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

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