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Grant Writing Workshop

Join UIC's grant writing experts in a one-day, interactive workshop designed specifically for individuals with little to no grant writing experience. 

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Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2024

Time: 8:30 am-5:00 pm

Location: Online – Interactive Zoom Session 

Fee: $350/$300 for University of Illinois* Alumni, Employees or Current Degree-Seeking Students

*Chicago, Springfield or Urbana-Champaign campus

Registration Deadline: Monday, September 30, 2024 at 12:00 p.m. (Noon) Central Time**

**Registration typically closes the Monday before the workshop at Noon Central Time, but if capacity is reached, registration may close before this deadline.

For assistance or questions regarding registration, please contact a CNM Program Advisor at (312) 355-0423, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Grant Writing Workshop

In this highly participatory workshop, our expert UIC instructors will guide you through a comprehensive overview of the nonprofit grant writing process, including:

  • Types of funding sources available to nonprofits today
  • What your organization must have in place before writing a grant
  • The primary components of a grant proposal and how they fit together
  • How to communicate effectively with prospective funders
  • Bring your energy, enthusiasm, and ideas, and leave with:

  • Confidence in your ability to prepare a foundation grant proposal
  • Practical knowledge you need to succeed in grant writing
  • Experience working on a team to prepare proposal pieces for a fictional organization
  • A workbook for planning, developing and writing successful proposals
  • A valuable network of connections with instructors and workshop participants (bring your business cards!)
  • A list of the top grant writing resources on the Web
  • Senior executives from some of Chicago’s most successful funding organizations will discuss what they look for in a winning grant proposal. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions to the panel.

    Past Funder’s Panel members include:

  • Jaime Arteaga, Program Officer, LISC Chicago
  • Daniel Ash, Associate Vice President of Community Impact, The Chicago Community Trust
  • Angelica Chavez, Justice Program Officer, The Field Foundation of Illinois
  • Tameeka Christian, Program Manager, Advocate Bethany Community Health Fund
  • Kimberly Jones, Founding Partner, MKH Arts Management
  • Caroline McCoy, Program Officer, Robert R. McCormick Foundation
  • Heather Parish, Co-executive Director, Pierce Family Foundation
  • Luis Roman, Program Manager, J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation
  • Brandon Thorne, Program Manager, Senior Program Officer, W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation 
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    Attention researchers: The curriculum for this course focuses on philanthropic foundation grants, not research, public education or government grants.  Please contact us at if you have questions about the applicability of this workshop to your needs.

    Please note: This workshop routinely sells out. Register Early! The registration deadline is 12pm central time on Monday, September 30th at noon Central Time.

    After the October 2, 2024 session, the next offering of the Grant Writing Workshop will be Wednesday, March 5, 2025, and registration will open by late October 2024.

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    UIC Extended Campus refund and withdrawal policy for Grant Writing Workshop.