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November 7, 2003

Workshop will help 'grant' organizations' wishes

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service will offer a two-part training workshop to help members of organizations write effective grant proposals.

"Funding is essential to organizational growth and stability, and many organizations rely on grants to support the development of new products and services or existing programs," said Aadron Rausch, Extension specialist in Purdue's Department of Youth Development and Agricultural Education.

The Beginner's Guide to Grant Writing Workshop will take place on Feb. 2 and March 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST at 10 locations across the state. The two-day workshop will offer participants a chance to develop their ideas, tell their story, target potential funders and write winning proposals.

Participants will learn a step-by-step process to develop proposals on Feb. 2. They then take these skills home and develop a proposal so that when they return on March 5, they can move into the role of reviewer. Participants also will receive feedback on their proposals so they can make revisions before final submission.

"For many organizations, grant writing is a new area of professional development, laced with apprehension and confusion about where to start, what to do and how to be successful," Rausch said. "To be competitive, individuals need the knowledge and skills necessary to create a fundable initiative from a promising idea and identify potential donors."

Workshop locations are:

• Purdue Extension office in Allen County, 4001 Crescent Ave., Fort Wayne.

• Clinton County Learning Network, 1701 S. Jackson St., Frankfort.

• Purdue Extension office in Elkhart County, 17746 E. County Road 34, Goshen.

• Purdue Extension office in Harrison County, Harrison County Annex Building, 124 S. Mulberry St., Suite 109, Corydon.

• Hendricks College Network, 955 E. Main St., Danville.

• Purdue Extension office in Lake County, Lake County Government Center, 2293 N. Main St., Crown Point.

• Pulaski County Learning Center, 102 N. Monticello St. (U.S. 35), Winamac.

• Tipton Learning Center, 239 Ash St., Tipton.

• Purdue Extension office in Vanderburgh County, 13301 Darmstadt Road, Evansville.

• Purdue Extension office in Wells County, Wells County Community Center, 1240 S. 4-H Road, Bluffton.

The workshop costs $50 and includes the "Beginner's Guide to Grant Writing" manual, lunch both days and follow-up technical assistance. For more information or to register, contact your local Purdue Extension office or Rausch at (888) 398-4636, Registration is due by Dec. 20.

Writer: Michelle Betz, (765) 494-8402,

Source: Aadron Rausch, (888) 398-4636,

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722; Beth Forbes,
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