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How to Get Grants: Grant Seeking for Beginners

Check back for Fall 2019 | Time and Location TBA

There are millions of dollars in grant funds available, but how do you find them and how do you determine whether the grant is a good match for your needs? The full-day workshop will result in participants having an understanding of what a grant is and what it is not, where to find grants, how to recognize the ones that are most likely to result in funding, and the next steps once the match is found.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is targeted to those new to the grant arena who want to increase their knowledge on grant seeking including foundation, corporate, state, and federal grants. No textbook is required, but participants should bring a laptop if possible.

Program Description

Workshop participants will receive in-depth learning in seeking grants through this interactive workshop. Participants will understand:

  • What a grant is and what it isn’t.
  • The most frequently used grant terminology used by funders.
  • What to seek funding for and what is most frequently denied.
  • The different expectation of foundation, corporate, state and federal grant competitions and where to look for each.
  • How to identify the right grant.

Participants will also:

  • Have the opportunity to search for grants during the workshop and receive feedback on the results.
  • Leave with a plan of action for pursuing the grants once identified.


Rena Beyer, president of Grant Specialist U.S.A., Inc. Beyer has been in the grant field for over 24 years and has worked with numerous clients, including school districts, health agencies, state departments, municipalities, small nonprofit agencies, and for-profit businesses. She has secured over $50,000,000 in highly competitive federal, state, and foundation grants. Beyer has worked in many areas of the grant field, including grant administrator; director of grant-funded projects; trainer, federal grant evaluator, state liaison for the national Grant Professionals Association; and grant reviewer for numerous state and federal departments. Beyer has addressed audiences of up to 500 on grant-related topics at the state, national, and international level and has written articles published nationally on topics of grant writing and grant evaluation.


The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Lincoln Hall on the UW Oshkosh campus. The address of Lincoln Hall is 608 Algoma Blvd; the parking lot is accessible from Algoma Boulevard.

Program Fee and Registration

The cost for this workshop is $299, including a certificate for 0.4 continuing education units (CEUs), continental breakfast and all workshop materials. Lunch is on your own. Click here to register online.

We are offering a $50 discount for UW Oshkosh alumni. Please use Promo Code: UWOSPECIAL (case sensitive) on the registration form to receive your $50 discount.