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MSU offers grant-writing and evaluation courses for non-profits this spring

January 14, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN-- Montana State University’s Extended University is offering two courses this spring that are designed to help professionals at non-profit organizations.

Grant Writing is an 18-hour hands-on course spread out over three months so participants can work on constructing a grant proposal with guidance from the instructor and fellow participants. Participants will identify and research funding sources; clarify a project's outcomes and deliverables; build and justify a budget; and outline all components of a proposal submission. Each student will receive one hour of individualized instructor feedback.

The instructor is Elizabeth Bird. The course begins Thursday, Jan. 30 at MSU and is $299.

Impact Evaluations for Non-profits is a new four-session course developed for employees of government agencies, charitable organizations, K-12 and higher education institutions, government agencies, museums, libraries and non-governmental organizations. Designed as a practical seminar on impact evaluation, instructors will offer guiding principles and basic theory of evaluation and then walk participants through development and implementation of a specific evaluation project. This course will be particularly helpful to groups that have or seek grant funding and need to demonstrate the impact of their organization to funders.

The instructors are Martha Peters and Catherine Johnson. The course begins Tuesday, March 18 at MSU. The price is $89.

Both courses are capped at 14 participants to enable close contact with instructors. Registration will close when the enrollment cap has been reached. Discounts are available for members of the Prospera Business Network, the Downtown Bozeman Association, and the Chambers of Commerce in Big Sky and Livingston.

View and register for courses at For more information or to sign up for regular email announcements, contact Nicole Soll with MSU Extended University at or (406) 994-6633. 

Contact: Nicole Soll,, (406) 994-6633.