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Grant Writing Certificate Program scheduled at Biltmore Park site

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. Tuesday, April 9, through Friday, April 12, at the university’s instructional site at Biltmore Park in Asheville.

The program will be offered again June 18-21 at WCU’s campus in Cullowhee.

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

Participants will attend two-and-a-half days of grant writing instruction with Smith, who will review the many different categories of grants and teach time-saving shortcuts in the grant writing process including abstract 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 projects.

On April 12, Fouts will go over 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 $449, which includes lunch each day. Professional development credits are available.

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

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