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Extended University set to offer grant writing course Sept. 29

September 7, 2016 -- MSU News Service

Laura Rhodes, a certified grant writer and nonprofit funding consultant from Third Sector Consulting, will teach a course on grant writing through MSU Extended University on Sept. 29.

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BOZEMAN -- Montana State University's Extended University will offer Grant Writing 101 on Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Country Inn and Suites, 5997 E. Valley Center Road. The three-hour course is designed for beginning grant writers or for those who have written a few grants with marginal success.

The course will cover basic tenets of successful grant writing, including grant terminology and the grant life-cycle. Participants will learn to determine their organization’s grant readiness and discover how to find their best prospects. The course also includes 20 easy and effective ways to improve proposal writing, among other topics.

Each participant will receive a voucher valid for a free basic proofreading of a letter of inquiry or grant proposal and will also receive a discount on Extended University’s intensive grant writing boot camp, to be held in February 2017.

The instructor is Laura Rhodes of Third Sector Consulting, a certified grant writer and nonprofit funding consultant. Rhodes specializes in prospect research, as well as grant writing support for organizations that want to write their own grants. She also leads workshops, webinars, retreats and fundraising training for nonprofit staff and boards. Rhodes has more than 15 years of experience in philanthropy, fundraising and nonprofit development. She has worked on staff and also served as a board member for numerous nonprofit organizations. Prior to starting her consulting business, Rhodes was a program officer with the American Express Foundation.

For more information or to register, visit Participants can also register online or by calling Extended University at (406) 994-6683 during business hours.    

Contact: Nicole Soll, MSU Extended University, (406) 994-6633 or