Western Carolina University will offer a four-day grant writing certificate program Tuesday, March 6, through Friday, March 9, at the university’s instructional site at Biltmore Park in Asheville.
The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
“As a result of completing the workshop, participants will gain a better understanding of the entire grant development process – from planning through writing – and, thus, improve their chances of winning competitive grants,” said Jack Smith, a nationally recognized trainer and consultant who will lead the workshop.
“Grant writing has been described as a ‘frustrating’ and ‘overwhelming’ experience,” said Jill Thompson, associate director of professional development at WCU. “Our goal is to demystify this process and provide concrete strategies for success.”
The workshop will proceed step-by-step through the proposal development process, including identifying and evaluating the most appropriate funding sources, researching a problem and supplying the documentation and statistics necessary for supporting a grant proposal. Smith will review the many different categories of grants and will teach timesaving techniques and shortcuts in the grant writing process.
Smith is founder of and principal consultant for the Smith Group, which offers management and project development training and technical assistance to public and private organizations. Over the course of his career, Smith has consulted with more than 200 organizations and has taught more than 1,500 grant writing classes.
On the afternoon on the third day, Thursday, March 8, a panel of experts representing several local foundations will discuss grant opportunities and the funding process for these projects.
On the final day, Andrea Moshier, director of sponsored research at WCU, will cover one of the most difficult parts of the grant submission – developing a budget. Moshier will discuss indirect costs, allowable versus nonallowable costs, in-kind donations, government versus nongovernment grants and time reporting and reporting scenarios.
Moshier holds a master of public administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and has held numerous budget-related posts, including stints as assistant dean for administration in UNC-Charlotte’s College of Education and as administrative manager for the City of Charlotte’s Department of Transportation, Street Maintenance Division.
Society for Human Resource Management professional development credits and National Association of State Boards of Accountancy continuing professional education credits will be awarded upon completion of the entire training program.
The cost for the program is $425. Participants registering by Feb. 15 may receive a 10 percent discount by using the promotional code “Grants2018.”
To learn more about the program, including trainer biographies, and to register, go to www.pdp.wcu.edu and click on “Certificate Programs,” contact Jill Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828-227-7397.
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