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Ohio University to offer two-day grant writing seminar

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 16, 2005) -- Ohio University Community and Professional Programs will be hosting a new institute on grant writing, "Achieving Grant Writing Success," Oct. 12-14 at the Roberts Conventions Center in Wilmington, Ohio.

The intensive three-day institute will explore all aspects of the grant process. It is designed for those with little or no experience, but can also serve as a great refresher course for those who have not participated in the grant process recently. Topics include: planning your project; researching grants; grant proposals; and grants management, evaluation, and documentation. The institute is designed for government and nonprofit agencies of all types, as well as for-profit businesses with grant funding needs.

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 1 or 2. The content I received and the way this was presented has given an awesome impression and will be invaluable."

The Institute will also include a keynote address by Helen Mattheis, program officer at The Greater Cincinnati Foundation. She has a background in nonprofit management and development with a particular focus on children and youth, and has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 13 years. She has a bachelor's degree from Earlham College and a master's degree in education policy studies and a teaching certification from The George Washington University. She also serves on the Board of the Cincinnati Police Activities League.

Institute 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 successfully attracted 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." Cost for the seminar is $495 and includes all materials, instruction, lunches and breaks, and a certificate of completion worth 1.8 CEUs from Ohio University. Group rates are available. For more information visit: http://www.ohiou.edu/noncredit/grants/institutes.htm or call (740) 593-9925. Pre-registration is required.


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

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