West Virginia University at Parkersburg
Grantwriting classes planned at WVU Parkersburg.
CONTACT: Becky Ash, Business, Industry and Development Services, 304-424-8275.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A Grantwriting Basics class, designed to be an introduction for the new grantwriter and a refresher for those who are skill-polishing, will be held Friday, July 9, at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.
The 9 a.m. to noon class will meet in the college's Business, Industry and Development Services building.
In addition, "Preparing a Grant Application," an afternoon class, is designed to be more in depth. Participants will work through an actual narrative and budget for a sample grant project. The class will meet from 1 to 4 p.m., also on July 9 in the BIDS building.
Presenter will be Lisa Starcher Collins, president of Charity Match and former chief executive officer of ARTSBRIDGE, Inc. Ann Frost, assistant director for the Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund, will assist in the afternoon class.
"We had such a high turnout for the session presented in March, and many more who wanted to participate," noted Collins. "Several attendees requested a more in-depth look at the actual application. Responding to those needs, we created a more lengthy approach this time around."
Collins will share her expertise in grantwriting and provide follow-up e-mail assistance to participants for a month following the class. Frost will present tips from the funderís perspective in the afternoon class.
Topics to be covered include:research and identification of appropriate sources; preparing the required documentation for your organization to be grant-ready; developing relationships with potential funders; understanding the terminology and completing the paperwork; elements of a narrative; creating a clear budget and tracking and evaluation methods.
Collins has been a non-profit manager for 17 years. She has written millions of dollars in successful grant proposals, including state, federal, private and corporate foundations. She is now an independent contractor/consultant, and spends 75% of her work time as a grantwriter.
Fee for the class is $55 per class for the first person from an organization, $45 for each additional person registered. Those who register for both morning and afternoon classes will receive the $10 discount as well. Paid registration includes thirty days of e-mail follow-up with the instructor.
The classes are sponsored by WVU Parkersburg's BIDS and Charity Match. Registration deadline is Tuesday, July 5. Additional information is available by contacting the college's BIDS' office at 424-8275.
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