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Technical Assistance - Grant Writing Workshops

The University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health conducts grant writing workshops that provide participants from organizations such as schools, faith-based organizations, non-profit agencies, community service groups and businesses, with the tools necessary to compete successfully for grant funds. The workshop covers methods for searching and applying for private and public grant funding, critical steps for planning and writing a grant proposal, and the most common components or sections for most grant applications. Providing this form of technical assistance is considered a function of the North Dakota State Office of Rural Health and therefore no costs are associated with staff time. Other costs such as refreshments and meeting room rental are the responsibility of the host.

Workshop objectives involve:

  • Researching federal agencies and private foundations for funding
  • Gaining organizational and community support
  • Scrutinizing requests for proposals (RFPs), grant application packets, instructions
  • Thinking through different approaches or models to developing a proposal
  • Writing effective proposals (review of common components and/or sections)
  • Outlining effective proposals
  • Outlining management plans
  • Outlining evaluation plans
  • Developing budgets
  • Revising proposals and grant applications
  • Providing helpful hints for successful grant writing


Workshops primarily involve lecture with problem-based learning. All participants receive a hard copy of the PowerPoint presentation and additional background information. Interested organizations serve as the local host and are responsible for local marketing and coordination. Customized workshops are available and may involve four to eight hour sessions.