VC/UHV Library to offer workshop about grant proposals

The Victoria College/University of Houston-Victoria Library will host an Aug. 3 workshop to help area organizations learn how to write effective grant proposals and find funding.

Jaena Manson
Jaena Manson

“The grant application process can be intimidating for those trying to find funding for their organizations,” said Jaena Manson, instruction and outreach librarian for the VC/UHV Library. “Through this workshop, we want to demystify the process and empower organizations.”

Grants 101: Finding Funders & Writing Successful Grants will be from 9 a.m. to noon in Room 205 of the UHV University Center, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St. The cost to attend is $25, and Kristal Johnson will be the presenter.

Johnson, an international speaker, corporate trainer and author, has coached thousands of individuals across North America, Europe and Africa to collectively raise $200 million from funders and individual donors during the past decade. Johnson also is a long-standing member of the Grant Professionals Association and Nonprofit Technology Network, and serves as a grant reviewer for federal agencies and the United Way of Greater Houston.

Many aspects of the grant-writing process will be covered, including writing winning proposals; identifying prospective funders, donors and volunteers; and using free grant-writing tools and resources. Attendees also will be taught how to use social networks in their funding research.

Kristal Johnson
Kristal Johnson

“Many clients ask me how to differentiate themselves from the crowd,” Johnson said. “I review grants often, so there are always questions about how to write a compelling, winning proposal, but this workshop will cover much more.”

There are methods to finding funders that many people don’t know about, and that’s what will be covered in the three-hour workshop, Johnson said. Incorporating an organization’s nonprofit story is extremely important to include in a grant proposal. In addition, there are other ways that are free and easy to look for funders.

Attendees should register for the workshop by July 30 through

The VC/UHV Library strives to provide support to the area nonprofit community. The library is a Funding Information Network affiliate of Foundation Center that has a mission of strengthening the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about U.S. philanthropy. For more information, contact Manson at or 361-570-4176.

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.

Ashley Strevel 361-570-4342