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Grants workshop to be held in Cleveland area on May 15

ATHENS, Ohio (May 3, 2004) -- Ohio University is again sponsoring the popular, "Developing Winning Grant Proposals" workshop on May 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Independence Holiday Inn near Cleveland.

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 learn the format of a complete grant proposal including how to tailor proposal formats to meet the requirements of different funders and how to improve the match between grantseeker needs and funder priorities. They also review criteria that funders use in evaluating grant proposals and discuss how to avoid common pitfalls in grantseeking as well.

Participants will receive a manual to guide them through the grantwriting process and, as an added bonus, will be given the opportunity to sign on to a grantwriting roundtable listserv. Upon successful completion of the course, .55 CEUs will be awarded to the participant.

The instructor, Gwen Finegan, is a writer and consultant who works with corporate, government and nonprofit clients. She is also active as a volunteer, with project management and board experience in the areas of community and economic development, affordable housing, and arts and culture. 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, access to the Ohio University grantwriting listserv, and a CEU certificate worth 0.55 CEUs. Pre-registration is required.

"In such difficult economic times, there are so many organizations that need grant money, but don't know how to apply for it. We hope to demystify the grantwriting process in this workshop," said Lisa S. 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 or dael@ohio.edu

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