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Hutchinson Center holds workshop on nuts, bolts and assembly of grants

BELFAST - The University of Maine Hutchinson Center will hold a certificate program in grant writing Aug. 12 and 13. Writing Winning Grant Proposals: Nuts, Bolts and Assembly is the fifth session in the eight-part 2013 Nonprofit Certificate Program.

For many nonprofit volunteer and community based organizations, funding is raised primarily by grant awards from foundations. Some may be government based, while others are from the private sector. Regardless, competition for funding from these sources remains fierce. Research programs and graduate and doctoral students also compete for the same funding. The key to winning out is a well-rounded grant.

Participants in the workshop can expect guidance in all steps of the grant writing process, from identifying and targeting audiences to proper terminology and style tips, structure and planning and many dos and don’ts of grant writing and development.

The workshop will be led by Dr. Frank Burtnett. Dr. Burtnett has over 25 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and community agencies. “Over the two-day workshop there will be a mix of fairly intensive lecture elements, as well as the opportunity to start into the creation of an actual proposal of their own,” said Burtnett.

By the end of the two-day workshop participants will have created a well-rounded proposal that can be completed and submitted for funding to the appropriate source. In addition to the lecture component of the class, there will be time for one-on-one personalized attention to work through the process. Most of the work will be computer based, so space is limited and enrollment is considered on a first come, first served basis.

Past participants have come from all different backgrounds of the nonprofit, community milieu: churches, libraries, community health centers, teen centers, schools and other organizations. There are no prerequisites. Anyone interested in grant writing or involved with any similar nonprofit group is encouraged to register.

The enrollment fee for the workshop is $255. Enroll by July 31 and save $5. The tuition covers the cost of materials, continental breakfast and lunch. Lunch will be ordered from Bell the Cat deli, so participants will get what they want.

There are three more events scheduled as part of the Nonprofit Certificate Program. Survival Skills in an Age of Declining Resources, led by Dr. Frank Burtnett, will be Sept. 16. Financial Management, led by Chip Bradstreet, will be Oct. 18. And the conclusion of the program, Collective Impact, led by Carole Martin, will be held Nov. 1.

For more information about the 2013 Nonprofit Certificate Program or any of the other events at the Hutchinson Center, visit www.hutchinsoncenter.maine.edu or call 1-800-753-9044 or (207) 338-8000. The Hutchinson Center is located at 80 Belmont Avenue in Belfast.

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