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MSU Billings 2017 Grant Writing Workshop

Coming again in Spring 2018


Program Description


Sign up today for MSU Billings Grant Writing Workshop on Tuesday, May 9th and Wednesday, May 10th. This two-day workshop costs just $399 ($439 after May 3rd) and provides participants with in-depth training on the process for identifying funding opportunities and writing a successful grant proposal.


Participants will acquire new tools for being a successful grant writer including identifying realistic funding opportunities and writing a clear, concise proposal for consideration by private and public sector funding organizations and agencies. 


Tuesday, May 9th - 9 am – 4:30 pm
Wednesday, May 10th - 9 am – 3:00 pm


Program Topics
  • Organizational assessment – what size of grant are you looking for and from what kind of granting entity?
  • What grants can and cannot do for your organization
  • Where to look for grant funders
  •, SAM, DUNS, and other fun federal details:  what to know BEFORE you begin writing a federal proposal
  • Data to have on hand and Organization statement/description
  • Letters of Inquiry, Letters of Intent, Preliminary Proposal letters
  • Statement of Need/discussion of participant questions & examples
  • Goals and Objectives:  MEASUREABLE OUTCOMES and steps to achieve them
  • Methodology
  • Timelines and Personnel; Gantt charts; Logic Models
    • Basic Budgets/small budgets
    • Federal Budgets; allowable and unallowable costs
    • Indirect Cost Rates
    • Working without a negotiated indirect cost rate
  • Chasing the Money vs. Funding your Needs; Partnerships; Following Federal and Foundation trends
  • You got it:   NOW WHAT?  Grants Management, drawdowns, and records; federal and foundation policies and expenditures
  • Sustaining your project beyond grant funds:  OR, “we should actually have been talking about this in the budget development section . . .”
Who Should Enroll


Staff, board members or volunteers interested in securing additional funding for your organization or students interested in acquiring additional skills valuable in today’s job market.   The training is ideal for individuals working with nonprofit organizations, churches, health care, and government agencies and is designed to benefit both the beginning grant writer and experienced grant writers looking to sharpen their skills.




Doris T. Barta, MHA

Doris has over 25 years of experience working in the grants field and has written and received over $50 million in federal and foundation grant funds for health care organizations.  She has served in the capacity of the Executive Director for Big Brothers and Sisters of Yellowstone County, where she was responsible for seeking and securing the funds for her program’s annual budget.  She has also served in the capacity of Grants Director for both Billings Clinic and St. Vincent Healthcare Foundations where she established grants programs that are still operational today.  Ms. Barta received both her bachelor and master’s degrees from MSU-Billings.  Ms. Barta is currently working with several non-profit organizations providing grant writing services as well as providing program direction for Telehealth services. 


Jack W. King

Jack has been in healthcare for almost 20 years with 15 of those in Grants Program Development and Management. He developed and managed the first Federal and Private grants program for the Benefis Foundation in Great Falls and then was responsible for management of the Grants program for Benefis Health System. His programs have received over $6 million in rural health network and telemedicine grants. Jack has a BA from Carroll College in Research, Technical and Creative writing. He is currently an independent consultant working in grants program management, application development, sustainability and strategic plan development. He has extensive experience in not-for-profit fundraising and governance education.



Contact Information


To find out more about this and other training programs, please call:

MSU Billings Extended Campus