Workshops & Seminars

The Grants Information Collection, located in Memorial Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, regularly hosts workshops on several topics. The workshops are free of charge and provide the guidance needed to find funding sources. A calendar of upcoming workshops is available here. Download a Spring 2017 Workshops Flyer.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a customized workshop, please contact the Grants Librarian.

Workshop descriptions

A general description of past workshops is listed below. However, the exact offerings are subject to change.
View the workshop schedule

  • Introduction to Finding Grants: Part 1
    Learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants for your non-profit organization, as well as general grantseeking tips. This workshop is suitable for staff and volunteers of nonprofit organizations. Printed materials will be available; online versions are here.
  • Introduction to Finding Grants: Part 2 Hands-on session
    Gain hands-on experience using the Foundation Center’s flagship database, the Foundation Directory Online. Time permitting, there will also be hands-on training on 1-3 other databases, including Foundations in Wisconsin and COS Pivot. Those new to grants research should consider taking the session with Part I.
  • New! Introduction to Foundation Maps
    Foundation Maps is the Foundation Center’s data visualization tool design to help funders and grantseekers see who is funding what and where around the world. Learn how to use this tool to access the knowledge and data needed to make strategic decisions in your funding research.
  • Introduction to Proposal Writing
    In this workshop, you will learn the basics of writing a proposal for you or your nonprofit organization. Topics in this introductory overview to the proposal writing process includes: key components of a proposal, proposal packaging, and contacting the funder. While this workshop is focused on writing a proposal to a foundation, there are many components that can be transferred to other funder types. Printed materials will be available; online versions are here.
  • Grants for Your Education
    For current and future students of any institute of higher education interested in researching potential scholarships, fellowships, and grants for one’s education, beyond financial aid. Printed materials will be available; online versions are here.  There is also an online version of this workshop. Please view the Grants for your Education Online Workshop webpage for more information and to view the workshop.
  • Grants for Your Research and Projects
    While this workshop is aimed at faculty and researchers from UW-Madison departments who are interested in identifying grant opportunities, researchers from other institutions are welcome to attend. Following the presentation, there will be a hands-on portion using several grants databases. Individuals seeking personal grants to fund their education should attend the “Grants for your Education” workshop. Printed materials will be available; online versions are here.