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Hands-On Grant Writing Workshop

The basis for successful grant writing is a carefully designed program. In this intensive workshop, we will examine the relationship among organizational mission statement, needs assessments, goals, objectives, work plans, and evaluations. We will also discuss writing techniques to help make your grant-writing process smarter and faster.

Initially, the instructor will present valuable content information; then, while you work on your own project, he will provide consultation and support to help you refine your proposal; finally, we will establish a formal peer review of the abstracts with a common scoring process. You will experience the proposal review process from both sides of the table-reviewer and reviewed-further enhancing your insight into successful grant writing.

The course will cover:

  • common organizational problems
  • needs assessment
  • goals and objectives
  • evaluation
  • grant abstracts
  • writing and proofreading techniques

If you are currently developing a grant, bring it with you to work on. If you don't have a current project, the instructor will provide practice material.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Grant Writing

Please bring a laptop computer for this course.

Familiarity with the personal computer environment is highly recommended as a prerequisite for this workshop.

Jack Smith, M.P.A., is a nationally recognized grant writer based in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 1987, his consulting practice has provided grant-writing services to more than 150 organizations, including the Huntington's Disease Society of America, Catholic Charities of Greater Atlanta, Y-Clubs of Georgia, Century Pacific Housing, and the Maine Center for Community Dental Health. He has taught grant-writing skills for the state governments of Connecticut, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Vermont and for agencies and clients of the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Cherokee Nation. Each year, more than 1,000 participants attend one of his full-day classes. He serves as adjunct instructor at the University of Georgia, Emory University, Duke University, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Management Institute.

Tuesday, April 8, and Wednesday, April 9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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$285 (12 contact hours/ 1.2 CEUs)
Abromson Center, 88 Bedford Street, USM Portland campus


If you are currently developing a grant, bring it with you to work on; if not, bring an idea you'd like to develop to work on. A laptop computer of recent vintage with wireless capacity and familiarity with the personal computer environment are required for this program.