Grant Writing Fundamentals

16 Hours / Access Length: 180 Days / Delivery: Online, Self-Paced

Course Overview:

Need funding for future projects or planned activities? Are you (a student, parent, teacher or school administrator) hoping to find a way to pay for research or services we all used to take for granted, which are no longer funded? This course provides a step-by-step approach to preparing winning grant proposals. Learn to write successful letters and grant proposals. Researching and approaching funders for grant money can help you develop new services, (strengthen your operating budget) and support existing programs. Students leave this course feeling confident in their grant writing abilities and ready to start winning the funding they need to help make a better life for themselves and others.

Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Developing the Proposal

In this lesson we will start the process of writing a grant proposal by doing our research. Our research will fall into two categories: designing the program we want to fund and researching a funder who will be a good match for our program.

Lesson 2: Goals and Objectives

In this lesson we will write our problem statement and write the goals and objectives for our program. The problem statement lets funders know what problem we want to solve while the goals and objectives let them know what we want to accomplish.

Lesson 3: Methods and Evaluation

In this lesson we will learn to write methods and evaluation components of the grant. 

Lesson 4: Sustainability and Budget

In this lesson we will work on the sustainability of our program and work on the budget.

Lesson 5: Background and Summary

In this lesson we will write the background component and then the grant summary.

Lesson 6: Finalizing the Proposal

In this lesson we finalize the proposal so it is ready to send out to funders.

Lesson 7: Putting it All Together

In this lesson we will put the final polish on our grant proposal.

All necessary materials are included.

System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended for the best experience.
Hardware Requirements:
  • CPU: 1 GHz or higher
  • RAM: 2 GB or higher
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 or higher
  • Speakers / Headphones
  • Microphone (Webinar / Live Online sessions)
Operating System Requirements:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or 10 (Home, Pro)
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • Latest Chrome OS
  • Latest Linux Distributions

NOTE: While we understand that our courses can be viewed on Android and iPhone devices, we do not recommend the use of these devices for our courses. The size of these devices do not provide a good learning environment for students taking online or live online based courses.

Web Browser Requirements:
  • Latest Google Chrome is recommended for the best experience.
  • Latest Mozilla FireFox
  • Latest Microsoft Edge
  • Latest Apple Safari
Basic Software Requirements (These are recommendations of software to use):
  • Office suite software (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, or LibreOffice)
  • PDF reader program (Adobe Reader, FoxIt)
  • Courses may require other software that is denoted in the above course outline.