Grant writing tips to be presented at UHV workshop

For better or worse, grant writing is an essential element for nonprofit organizations seeking funding.

At a July 31 workshop, the University of Houston-Victoria and the Victoria College/UHV Library will present writing strategies designed to increase the probability of successful grant applications.

“Grant Writing: A Necessary Skill for Nonprofit Fundraising” will take place from 9 a.m. to noon in the Multi-Purpose Room of the UHV University Center, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St. A continental breakfast will kick the event off at 8:30 a.m.

The workshop is supported by grants from the Trull Foundation, Gulf Coast Medical Foundation and M.G. and Lillie A. Johnson Foundation.

Joe Dahlstrom

“We really appreciate the three foundations providing funding to help us present this workshop,” VC/UHV Library Director Joe Dahlstrom said.

Amanda Breu, UHV instruction and outreach librarian, said nonprofit executive directors, employees and boards members will find this workshop beneficial.

“Grant writing is essential to securing funds that allow nonprofits to move forward with their projects,” Breu said. “Everyone associated with a nonprofit organization will find this event helpful.”

Rose Mary Fry

Workshop participants will learn from Rose Mary Fry about the elements of a grant request, components of a grant budget and links between community needs and grant research. The owner of RMF Consulting in San Antonio, Fry specializes in strategic planning, board governance, nonprofit finance and fundraising. She has worked with boards and staff members from many new and established nonprofit groups throughout Texas.

As a cooperating collection affiliate of the national Foundation Center, the library has information about potential funding from foundations, corporations, the public sector and other sources for nonprofit funding. Materials in the collection include guides on grant seeking, proposal writing, other means of fundraising and volunteerism.

“We have resources available – both print and electronic – that allow nonprofits to search for grant opportunities,” Breu said. “It’s a natural progression for the library to offer this type of workshop to further support the area nonprofits.”

Dahlstrom said this is a unique opportunity for the library to be more actively involved with nonprofits.

“There are a lot of nonprofits in the area,” he said. “Many of them are operating on a shoestring budget. This will help them both in their grant writing and other areas where they could use some support.”

The deadline to register for the workshop is Wednesday. The fee to attend is $35. To register, visit

Participants can pay by credit card when they register online. Those preferring to pay by check should make the check payable to the University of Houston-Victoria and send it to the VC/UHV Library, Attention: Kathy Sullivan, 2602 N. Ben Jordan St., Victoria, TX77901.

Similar workshops will be held in El Campo and Wharton in the coming months for those who can’t make it to the July 31 session.

For more information, contact Breu at 361-570-4169 or

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Jeremy Shapiro