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Writing Successful Grant Proposals: Advanced

Date and Location TBA

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.

This full-day workshop will result in participants increasing their skills in planning and writing a competitive government grant proposal. Government grant proposals, especially Federal, are daunting, even for those with some grant writing experience. They differ from the foundation or corporate grant proposals in writing style, content, and expectations and are generally much more intensive in both planning and writing time.

Who Should Attend

The workshop is designed to build skills for those who have some background in grant writing but are not fully confident in writing highly competitive government grants or wish to broaden their learning within this area. No is textbook is required, but participants should bring a laptop if possible.

Program Description

Workshop participants will receive advanced-level instruction through this interactive workshop within the following:

  • Understanding what should be in place prior to beginning the writing process.
  • Researching and writing the Need section to the best advantage possible, an important foundation for the entire grant proposal.
  • Writing the Program Design, what do reviewers look for in this section and what writing style and “language”, best practices, most appeals to grant reviewers.
  • Understanding and writing the Evaluation section, including writing objectives that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-oriented (S.M.A.R.T). Overview of when to contract with an external evaluator or conduct the evaluation in-house.
  • Developing a budget and budget narrative that helps tell the story. Writing the budget so that the request is most likely to be funded. Learn the red flags for grant reviewers.
  • Understanding how government grant proposals are reviewed for funding: who reviews it and things to be aware of to best navigate this process.

Participants will also:

  • Learn what comes before writing the proposal.
  • Gain insightful tips and techniques that can make proposals stand out.
  • Have the opportunity to serve as grant reviewers as well as grant writers, gaining valuable insight and experience.
  • Leave with printed resources that can assist with future grant writing efforts.

Presenter: 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.