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Workshops & Seminars

With regret we are informing you that all grants workshops have been canceled out of concern for the safety of our community due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. This action is consistent with public health guidance to limit non-essential large gatherings.

We value your support for the Grants Information Collection and look forward to being able to gather with you at another time.

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. Download the Spring 2020 Workshops Flyer or view them on the campus events calendar. The full descriptions of commonly taught workshops are below. You may also wish to explore online tutorials on the Help and Tutorials page.

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.

  • 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.
  • 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 and Research
    In this joint workshop for students and researchers, there will be a hands-on portion using several grants databases. The presentation component will help students, faculty, and other researchers learn how to get set up for efficient grantseeking. In addition, this joint student and researcher workshop will conclude with a hands-on portion using several grants databases. Printed materials will be available; online versions are here.  There is also an online version of Grants for Your Education. Please view the Grants for your Education Online Workshop webpage for more information and to view the workshop.