April 8th & 9th

Program Description

Sign up today for MSU Billings Grant Writing Workshop on Monday, April 8th and Tuesday, April 9th. This two-day workshop costs just $399 and provides participants with in-depth training on the process for identifying funding opportunities and writing a successful grant proposal. Group Discount Available for organizations registering 3 or more individuals.  Contact John Walsh at jwalsh@msubillings.edu for additional information.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.

Monday, April 8th - 9 am – 4:30 pm
Tuesday, April 9th - 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
  • Grants.gov, 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.

Program Cost

Regular Price: $399

GROUP DISCOUNT: Available for Organizations

registering 3 or more individuals.

Contact Information

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

MSU Billings Extended Campus