Nonprofit organizations benefit from UTPA grant-writing workshop
Contact: Scott Maier, Senior Editor 381-3639
Posted: 07/21/2000
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Helping nonprofit organizations secure funding and work together was the focus of a three-day grant-writing workshop by the Southwest Border Nonprofit Resource Center (SBNRC) at The University of Texas-Pan American.

The "Writing to Win!" workshop July 18-20 at the UTPA Annex covered all aspects of grant writing, including budgets and timelines. Participants engaged in exercises, group sessions, hands-on computer use and more.

At the end of the workshop, teams prepared mini-proposals for evaluation and review by the whole group.

According to SBNRC program coordinator Kenan Tas,

Southwest Border Nonprofit Resource Center program coordinator Kenan Tas, standing, assists Joe Hall of Sea Breeze Ministries recently during the three-day "Writing to Win!" grant-writing workshop at UTPA.
42 people took part in the workshop. Many were from the Rio Grande Valley, but some came from as far away as Laredo, Corpus Christi and Dallas.

"All of the participants I've spoken to enjoyed the workshop and said it was a good networking opportunity," Tas said. "They met with other organizations to see what they do, the services they provide and how they possibly can work together."

One of the participants, Joe Hall of Sea Breeze Ministries in Corpus Christi, said the workshop was beneficial in two ways. It provided basic information on preparing successful grant requests and allowed him to visit with other nonprofit organizations.

"It's been a big asset. I'm new in the nonprofit organization arena, and the staff here have been exceptionally helpful," Hall said. "The quality of the presentations has been great, and it's been a good opportunity to network. I applaud The University of Texas-Pan American for conducting this workshop."

The Texas Governor's Grants Team assisted workshop participants by providing technical assistance and information about available federal, state and private grants. It also offers proposal writing support and training and review of applications.