Billy Rayburn

The University of Nebraska at Kearney is offering a Basics of Grantwritingworkshop Thursday, July 22, on the campus.

“This workshop is designed for people with little or no experience in grantwriting, and will introduce the structure and strategies for effective grant proposals,” said John Falconer, UNK director of Sponsored Programs and workshop presenter.

The workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. with a one-hour break for lunch. The fee for the workshop is $35. The workshop will be limited to 20 participants. Interested persons can call Billy Rayburn at 308.865.8496 or e-mail: for a registration form.

“Nonprofit citizen organizations are an important part of every community,” Falconer said adding that they provide a range of services from disaster relief to social support as well as communicate perspectives and information to policy makers on important issues.

“Most often they are staffed by volunteers or professionals who wear many hats,” he said. “One of the most important roles is fund-raising, but people in these organizations rarely have training in this area. Nonprofit groups can develop the skills for effective grantwriting to expand their good work.” The workshop will address these issues and others.

Falconer has more than 10 years experience in grantwriting, and has been responsible for receipt of millions of dollars in grants from foundations such as the Pew Charitable Trusts, Westminster Foundation for Democracy, Ford Foundation and many others. He has presented grantwriting workshops in Central Nebraska for five years.