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Grant Writing Certificate Program offered 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. beginning Monday, Dec. 9, and continuing through Thursday, Dec. 12, at the university’s Biltmore Park site in Asheville.

Jack Smith, a nationally recognized grant writing trainer, will serve as workshop instructor for all four days.

“Grant writing techniques and processes are in a transitional stage,” Smith said. “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 four 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. An afternoon panel discussion will take place on the third day with representatives from several local foundations and organizations discussing grant opportunities and the funding process.

The workshop is designed to meet the needs of three categories of participants – staff and and officials who are completely new to grant writing and need a basic understanding of the process; those who are currently working on a grant writing project and are facing specific problems and issues; or successful practitioners in the field who are seeking specialized information and advanced insights into grant project development.

The registration fee is $449, which includes lunch each day.

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

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