Free Grantseeking Workshop Slated

October 9, 2012
Rikki Smith
Resource Development Center
Missouri Southern State University
JOPLIN, MO (SNS) - The Resource Development Center at Missouri Southern State University will host a FREE workshop on grantseeking for MSSU faculty and staff and area nonprofit organizations on Monday, October 29th from 9:30am to 11:30am in MSSU's Billingsly Student Center Room 356. 

The session will be led by Kief Schladweiler, Coordinator of Cooperating Collections with the Foundation Center (

Schladweiler will highlight the electronic and print resources available for free use at the Resource Development Center at Missouri Southern State University, a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center.

The training will cover the following areas: Introduction to Finding Funders, Guide to Online Grantseeker Resources, and Proposal Writing Basics. 

The workshop provides an introduction to the Foundation Center's comprehensive online database, Foundation Directory Online Professional. Learn how to create customized searches to develop targeted lists of foundations that will match your organization's funding needs. We will spend time exploring Power Search, which allows you to search across nine Foundation Center databases – grantmakers, grants, companies, 990s, news, jobs, RFPs, nonprofit literature, and PubHub reports

You will be introduced to resources available on the Foundation Center's newest web site for grantseekers,  A service of the Foundation Center, GrantSpace offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of grantseekers.

Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation. For those new to proposal writing, this portion of the class will cover:

•  How the proposal fits into the overall grantseeking process;
•  What to include in a standard proposal to a foundation;
•  Tips for making each section of your proposal stronger;
•  What funders expect to see in your proposal and attachments;
•  Tips for communicating with funders during the grant process; and
•  Additional resources on proposal writing, including sample proposals

Kief Schladweiler has been the Foundation Center's Coordinator of Cooperating Collections since 2005. Prior to that he served as the Center's online librarian for several years. He joined the Foundation Center in 1999 after working as a reference librarian for The New York Public Library. He received his M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

For more information please contact the MSSU Resource Development Center at or telephone at 417.625.3521.