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Grant Writing  

Learn to write grant proposals that get funded in this nationally recognized online Grant Writing course.

What you will learn

  • Know how to research and find available grants
  • Understand the fundamental elements of a grant proposal
  • Develop the skills needed to prepare professional, competitive, compelling, and successful grant proposals
  • Become proficient in the proposal format used by the vast majority of public foundations
  • Know the roles and responsibilities of a non-profit board of directors and the management team
  • Become knowledgeable on the fundamentals of legal writing, including analytical reasoning and analysis
  • Learn how to word, edit, proofread, and format basic documents for daily use within an office environment
  • Learn the fundamentals of the budgeting process including how to prepare a budget and manage a budget in a business
  • Examine the essential aspects of fundraising and how to maximize fundraising opportunities

How you will benefit

  • Become a valuable asset to any organization or project seeking grant funding
  • Jump-start a career in the nonprofit sector
  • Develop a professional vocabulary that can be used to write grant applications or communicate with clients and peers
  • Help deserving organizations in your community find funding with your skillset


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • QuickTime. Click here to download QuickTime.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online. The following textbook will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:

  • The Only Grant-Writing Book You'll Ever Need
  • Demystifying Grant Seeking: What You Really Need to Do to Get Grants
  • Managing A Nonprofit Organization
  • Handbook for Writing Proposals

If you want to learn the essentials of writing or acquiring grants for private, public, or government use, this course is perfect for you. You'll discover how to develop successful grants by focusing on the skills needed to prepare professional, competitive, compelling grant proposals.

  1. Introduction to Grant Research
    1. Identifying grants that fit with your organization
    2. How to obtain grants that fit with your organization
    3. How to move through the grant research process
    4. Flexibility in the grant research process
    5. Categorizing grants found in the research process
  2. Introduction to Grant Writing
    1. Common myths about the grant process
    2. Preparing the request for proposal
    3. Writing process
    4. a. Bid/no bid decision
    5. b. How to decline an RFP
    6. Analyzing the RFP
    7. Proposal team
    8. Detailed analysis of the RFP
    9. How to protect proprietary information
    10. Scheduling tasks and meeting deadlines for the RFP
    11. Program design
    12. How will you fulfill the requirements of the RFP
    13. Services you will provide
    14. Time and money it will take to complete the project
    15. Parts of the proposal
    16. What to keep in mind when looking for grant funding
  3. Advanced Grant Writing
    1. Introduction
    2. Program planning and evaluation
    3. Defining your program or service
    4. How you plan to assess the program
    5. Program planning process
    6. Needs assessment
    7. Proposal writing
    8. Logic model
    9. Writing a grant proposal
    10. Narrative portion of a grant proposal
    11. Grant proposal abstract
  4. Specialized Writing Techniques for Grants
    1. Setting up the grant proposal
    2. The front matter of the grant proposal
    3. What is included in the body of the proposal
    4. Program design
    5. Technical section of the proposal
    6. Project management plan
    7. What role will each team member play
    8. What is your timeline
    9. When/what will you report
    10. Time/Cost outline
    11. Common errors made in preparing response to a request for funding
    12. What to include in the organization profile section
    13. Executive summary and appendices of the proposal
  5. Technical Writing
    1. Technical writing skills
    2. Writing process of preparing a technical document
    3. Resources to include in technical writing
    4. Specificity in technical writing
  6. Writing Essentials
    1. Planning Skills
    2. Composition
    3. Four Components of Writing
    4. Grammar Tips
    5. Common Mistakes
    6. Improving Your Writing
  7. Grammar Essentials
    1. Components of Writing
    2. Grammar
    3. Syntax
    4. Word choice
    5. The components of a sentence
    6. Parts of speech
    7. Subjects and predicates
    8. Using word order to change the emphasis of a sentence
    9. Different types of sentences
    10. Simple
    11. Compound
    12. Complex
    13. Compound-complex
    14. Sentence intention
    15. Identifying faulty sentences
    16. Incomplete sentences
    17. Rambling sentences
    18. Using punctuation correctly
    19. Using the correct verb tense in your writing
    20. The function of a paragraph
    21. Topic sentence
    22. Paragraph length
    23. Writing paragraphs
    24. Using cause and effect in your writing
  8. Budgeting Essentials
    1. Introduction
    2. The Concept of Budgeting
    3. Activity-based Budgeting
    4. Factors to Consider in Budgeting
    5. Production Planning
    6. Inventory
    7. Sample Budget and Summary
  9. Fundraising Fundamentals
    1. Fund Raising
    2. Marketing
    3. Locating Funding Sources
    4. Effective Writing
    5. Successful Proposals
    6. Current Trends
    7. Managing Products
    8. Annual Giving Campaigns
    9. Corporate Sponsorships
    10. Major Donors
    11. Foundation and Government Grants
    12. Planned Giving
    13. Special Events
    14. Capital Campaigns

Katherine Squires Pang, J.D., LL.M., M.Ed has practiced law with since 1983. She has served as an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School of Management at the University of Texas, Dallas, and has been an adjunct faculty member of many universities, including New York University and the University of California, Irvine. She received her B.A. in 1980 from Clark University, her J.D. from the University of Dayton Law School in 1982, her LL.M in Taxation from Georgetown University Law School in 1983, and her M.Ed from the University of Texas in 2001.


Grant Writing
Item: 202003CTP20150  
Class Dates: 7/1/2020 - 9/30/2020                                              Fee: $2,295.00
This is an on-demand Career Training Program Course offered by Ed2Go.  Class begins upon registration and completion of Student Enrollment Agreement in Ed2Go. Click on Course Title for complete course description.