Learn how to find grants at free VC/UHV Library workshop

April 27, 2014 at 7:02 p.m.
Updated April 26, 2014 at 11:27 p.m.

Board members and staff of Crossroads nonprofit agencies are invited to a Victoria College/University of Houston-Victoria Library workshop about how to identify new funding sources.

Introduction to Finding Funders will take place from 11 a.m. to noon Friday in the VC/UHV Library, 3602 N. Ben Jordan St., Room 106. The workshop is free, but registration is required and limited to 24 participants. To sign up, visit surveymonkey.com/s/findingfunders.

Amanda Breu, a UHV instruction and outreach librarian, will provide an overview of the funding research process for seeking grants from foundations, corporations and grant-making public charities.

"Nonprofits often build relationships with specific foundations or charities and then continue to go back to them for additional funding opportunities," Breu said. "This workshop is a way for nonprofit organizations to search for grant makers that they might not be aware of to expand their funding potential."

During the workshop, Breu will demonstrate electronic and print resources available at no cost in the library. One handy resource is the Foundation Directory Online, a database of about 120,000 foundations and corporate donors.

"It's an easy database to use, so any nonprofit board member, executive director or funding volunteer can work with it," Breu said.

The library is a Funding Information Network affiliate of the national Foundation Center. As an affiliate, the library holds annual public training to help community members learn about the different products the center offers.

VC/UHV library director Joe Dahlstrom said the library is pleased to be affiliated with the Foundation Center and provide free workshops for area nonprofit agencies.

"Nonprofit organizations have limited sources of funds to carry out their missions," he said. "Other than donations and memberships, a major source of funding is grants. This workshop is designed to offer the basics of finding potential private and public funding sources."

For questions or further information, contact Breu at 361-570-4169 or breua@uhv.edu. Those unable to attend the workshop but interested in the Foundation Directory Online can make an appointment with Breu to learn how to use it.



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