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Libra professor to conduct grant writing workshops on UMFK campus

March 26, 2004

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will present a series of grant writing workshops April 5 through April 10 in the Nadeau Hall Teleconference room on the UMFK campus.

Participants of the workshops will learn grant writing techniques, resources for finding grants, ways to impact future grant availability, grant administration and more. The program will teach practical skills, present the facts, and will help all attendees to identify the specific approaches that are most likely to produce the best results for them and their organization.

Libra Professor, Mindy Collier, will conduct two primary workshops for faculty, staff and other interested community individuals.

Workshop participants will not only learn grantsmanship approaches, but will also have the opportunity to practice them. Collier will focus on the real needs of their discipline, and attendees will receive continual guidance and feedback. The program will be intense and geared to the needs of the workshop participants.

Collier will also conduct workshops for each of the faculty divisions on the specific disciplines related to their departments. There will also be time allotted for one on one and small group presentations by appointment only.

The Libra Professor is currently president of Collier and Associates in Estero, Florida. Her company, which was established in 2000, specializes in grant research, writing and program development. She earned her Masters in Social Work from Indiana University and her Bachelor of Science from Indiana State University.

She has been involved in program development and the application of grant funding since 1978. Collier has assisted local government and non-profit organizations in receiving and administering over twenty million dollars in private, state and federal grant funding.

In addition to grant writing, she has completed projects in accreditation study, community planning, economic impact studies, business retention studies, the Toolkit Project, a job creation specialist project for Rural Economic Development, and a recreation recovery action plan.

Prior to establishing her own business, Collier was a technical assistant specialist at Florida Gulf Coast University, Institute of Government College of Professional Studies; a director of resource development for the Florida Association of Counties/Florida Counties Foundation; and a senior grants coordinator for Lee County Board of County Commissioners.

She served on the board of directors of the Gulf Coast Society of Fundraising Executives from 1995 through 1998, and was a member of the National Grants Management Association from 1992 to 1996.

Collier has presented at numerous conventions, and received an award in 1994 for grant development and management from the National Associations of Counties.

A general session will be offered on Wednesday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Nadeau Hall Teleconference room. This session is for community leaders, business owners, members of organizations and others who will be working on grants and students from various UMFK programs who have or will have an interest in this area not only as a funding source but also as a career path.

Funding for the workshops was made possible by a grant from the Libra Foundation.

For specific workshop times and locations, contact Allen Shoaff at 834-7563.