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Grant Writing Certificate Program set for four days at Biltmore Park

Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment is offering a Grant Writing Certificate Program from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Dec. 4, and continuing through Friday, Dec. 7, at WCU’s instructional site at Biltmore Park in Asheville.

Susan Fouts, director of educational outreach at WCU, and Jack Smith, nationally recognized grant writing trainer, will serve as instructors.

“Grant writing techniques and processes are in a transitional stage,” said Smith. “Grant writers need to stay on top of the latest trends that include more online grant applications, requirements for better designed evaluations and new social policies that determine grant opportunities.”

During the four-day certificate program, participants will attend two-and-a-half days of grant writing instruction with Smith, who will review the many categories of grants and teach time-saving shortcuts in the grant writing process, including abstract writing.

The class is designed to help participants increase their chances of winning competitive grants through a better understanding of the entire grant writing process – from planning to writing. A panel discussion will take place on the second day with representatives from several local foundations and organizations discussing grant opportunities and the funding process for these projects.

On the fourth day, Fouts will go over the aspects of the proposal budgeting process including indirect costs, allowable versus non-allowable costs, in-kind donations, government versus no-government grants, and time reporting and reporting scenarios.

The registration fee for the program is $425, which includes lunch each day.

For more information and to register, visit or call 828-227-7397.

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