In this climate of funding shortfalls, the challenges of writing, submitting and receiving a grant can be disheartening.  BUT, there are grants out there… CAN garner one for you and your non-profit institution.

Marian University is excited to announce the GRANT WRITING 101 workshop.

A panel of Marian University grant writers with success in securing awards for non-profit institutions will guide participants in interactive plenary sessions.  Workshop topics encompass the mechanics of finding, writing, submitting, and managing extramural funding support. Upon completion of both morning and afternoon sessions, participants will have developed skill in:

  1. identifying the perfect opportunity for your organization;
  2. pulling the most important information out of every RFP (request for proposal);
  3. writing a strong justification of needs;
  4. presenting the best case for your proposal.

All materials will be distributed electronically at the workshop. Please bring your laptop or tablet.

Morning Session: 9am-noon

  • Identifying Funding Sources
  • Organizing the Writing Team
  • Reading the Request for Funding (RFP)
  • Writing a Winning Narrative

Lunch for full-day participants

Afternoon session: 2pm-5pm

  • RFP Specifics
  • Budgets
  • Policies and Review

Friday, November 10

9 am– 5 pm
Marian University Stayer Center

Early bird Full-day option (with lunch): $175
After Nov. 3, cost is $200

Certificates of completion will be awarded to full-day participants

Early bird Half-day option (no lunch): $95
After Nov. 3, cost is $110

Participant should choose morning or afternoon

Early bird Full-day Group Rate option (with lunch): $150 per person (min. 5 people)
No Group Rate option after Nov. 3
Certificates of completion will be awarded to full-day participants

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Susan Bornstein-Forst, Ph.D. is a Professor of Biology and the Director of the Off­ice of Research and Sponsored Programs at Marian University. She has served as Principal Investigator on grants from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), the National Institute of Health (NIH), TRIO grants, and foundation grants. Dr. Bornstein-Forst is a recognized grant and publication reviewer for several funding agencies and professional societies. Click here for Dr. Bornstein-Forst’s curriculum vitae.

Faculty Heather Price

Heather E. Price, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Leadership Studies doctoral program at Marian University. She has served as a lead or co-Principal Investigator on educational grants from the Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest of American Institutes for Research and World Educational Research Association and philanthropic grants from the John Templeton Foundation. She has extensive experience managing grants from federal, state, and philanthropic agencies in social sciences and education. Click here for Dr. Price’s curriculum vitae.

Dr. Moreen Carvan is Marian University’s Director of Institutional Effectiveness. She has a B.S. in Secondary Education, an M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction, and the research Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Cincinnati (1999). During her career, Dr. Carvan has taught middle school science in Texas and Florida, worked in two state departments of education, and served on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the University of Rhode Island, and Marian University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Carvan’s successful grant writing experience includes federal grants (e.g., The Ohio Teacher Development Initiative -$5.5 million), state grants (e.g., Eisenhower Professional Development Program Grant -$78,000), and collaborative cross-agency grants (e.g., Native American Centers for Health Development Grant – $150,000). Her experience with philanthropic awards includes funding from the Ford Foundation and the Atlantic Philanthropic Society, in support of urban teacher education. Click here for Dr. Carvan’s curriculum vitae.

For questions contact:

Institute of Professional Development