Learn how to research and develop relationships with potential funding sources, organize grant writing campaigns, and prepare proposals.
Do you love writing and building rewarding, long-lasting relationships? Do you have a passion for a cause? As a grant writer, you can help nonprofit organizations, schools, religious institutions, and research organizations acquire the funds they need to operate and to thrive. In this A to Z Grant Writing class, you'll learn how to put together a Gold Medal Proposal Package—one that will capture the attention, and the funds, of donors.
This informative course will equip you with the skills and tools you need to enter this exciting and fulfilling field. No matter who you are or what level of experience you have, you can be a successful grant writer. You'll find the A to Z of writing and submitting successful proposals right here. This is one of the best online grant writing courses around, whether you're already involved in a related position or are looking to take your first step into this rewarding career.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
- PC: Windows 8 or newer.
- 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.
- Microsoft Word (not included in enrollment).
- 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.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.Learn the ins and outs of grant writing from a veteran grant writer. This course will provide the experience and skills you need to become a successful grant writer as you learn to put together stand-out proposals that will encourage funds from donors.
Welcome to the World of Grant Writing!
In the first lessons, you'll cover the basics of grant writing services, as well as tips for getting into the grant writing field and for finding funders. Then, the lesson will walk you through the information you need to gather and organize, and show you how to use the Research Information Sheet (RIS) to keep your research focused and on track.
The Research Information Sheet (RIS)
Many people are often surprised at how much research needs to go into finding a potential funder who is a good match for your program efforts! Finding funders takes a lot of time, effort, and planning, and this lesson will walk you through the information you need to gather and organize. You will gain an invaluable tool here—the Research Information Sheet (RIS)—which will help you keep your research focused and on track.
Funder Application Guidelines
You'll look at some creative tips for networking with community members and foundation representatives to help you find contacts and support. Then, you'll learn how to make that crucial initial contact with a potential funder. You'll also meet some development team members and learn how to put a team of your own together. Finally, you'll get acquainted with your collaborative partners, and discover how to put together a successful site visit.
Now that you have a feel for what kinds of information to gather in your search for good match potential funders, you need to know how to effectively organize it. You'll begin with a big-picture overview of the grant writing process, so you'll know where your research fits in each step of the way. Then, you'll get some proven techniques and tools for organizing an efficient and smooth-running development department. A grant writing campaign means submitting an ongoing calendar of proposals to a wide variety of potential funders, and an organized office is the only way to accomplish this goal!
Networking and Positive Communication
Developing community relationships is crucial to finding support for any worthy cause. So, in this lesson, you'll look at some creative how-tos of networking with community members, VIPs, and corporate, foundation, and government representatives to help you find contacts and support in your community. You'll then lay the groundwork for making that crucial initial contact with a potential funder. This might be a bit nerve-racking at first, but with the proper preparation, it can be extremely rewarding.
Teamwork, Collaboration, and Site Visits
Research, relationship-building, phone contacts, organizing—does it all rest on the shoulders of one grant writer? Thankfully, the answer is no! In this lesson, you'll meet the development team members who implement the grant writing campaign and get some ideas for how to put a team of your own together. You'll also get acquainted with the collaborative partners who work side by side with you and your organization, and you'll discover how to put together a successful site visit.
Letters and the Courage to Ask
It's important to know how to present yourself, your organization, and your proposed program effectively. In this lesson, you'll explore the elements of two all-important letters: the letter of inquiry and the letter of request. Most funders will want either one or both of these letters, so knowing how to write them is essential. You'll also learn how to ask for the right grant amount and how to overcome any fears you may have about asking for support.
The Gold Medal Proposal Package: Part 1
You'd be amazed at how many organizations go about their grant writing campaigns backwards! To spare you a great amount of extra work, stress, and unnecessary discouragement, you'll walk through a vital technique: the Rollover Concept. You'll also begin a detailed exploration of the elements of a Gold Medal Proposal Package, including your organization's history and background, mission statement, goals, major accomplishments, and many other documents and materials that potential funders require.
The Gold Medal Proposal Package: Part 2
In this lesson, you'll pick up where you left off in Lesson 8. You'll see how to write your need statement, proposed program paragraphs, measurable objectives, timeline, and evaluation plan. You'll also get a good idea of what kinds of financial documents and materials funders expect in complete proposal packages, including your organization projected income and expense budget, audited financial statement, proposed program budget and request, and future funding paragraphs.
Feedback and Final Reports
What happens to your proposal after you apply for a grant? In this lesson, you'll discover all the hoops it goes through once it reaches the program officer's desk. If your application should be declined, you'll see how to turn that into an opportunity for future success. And if your proposal should be accepted, you'll learn about the essential thank-you letter, how to put together the final report, and how to acknowledge and provide benefits to the funders supporting your program efforts. You'll also understand how crucial it is to diversify your funding base!
Business, Individual, and Government Proposals
This lesson will teach you about the A to Z of creating a for-profit business and about individual artist proposal packages. You'll also get some important tips and techniques for putting together proposals for government funding sources, which, as you can imagine, will be more complicated and much lengthier than proposals to foundations, corporations, or individual donors.
Proposal Presentation and Board Motivation
In the last lesson, you'll learn about the importance of presentation when it comes to your proposal package. And you'll also gain some insights into what your board of directors can do for you regarding fund raising, as well as get some ideas about how to get them motivated to do it!
Linda Vallejo has over 30 years experience as a professional grant writer and grant-writing instructor. She has written proposals for a variety of nonprofit organizations, universities, schools, and county and city agencies with interests ranging from the arts, education, environment, health and human services, and faith-based programs to community and economic development projects. Ms. Vallejo has written and received over $30 million in grant funds from foundation, corporate, government, and individual donors for her many clients. She also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree and is a practicing professional artist exhibiting her art nationally and internationally.