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Get Grants!

What makes Gets Grants a different kind of grant writing course? For starters, your instructors have raised millions of dollars in grant funds and will share what they have learned over the years with you. In this course, you will learn how to develop successful, grant-fundable proposals.

Whether you're interested in writing grant proposals as a career or in obtaining funding for your organization, this course will give you the grant-writing skills you need to outshine your competition. Highly recommended for development professionals, educators, nonprofit agency staff members or volunteers, and anyone else involved in fundraising for a large or small organization.

While the skills you'll learn during this course are transferable, we do want to emphasize that the focus of this class is on obtaining grant funding for nonprofit organizations.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting October 18, 2017

Offered in Partnership with your Preferred School

Anne Arundel Community College Why this school? It's been chosen based on your location or if you've visited this school's website.

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Course Code: ggr

You Will Learn
  • Learn both federal and foundation grant writing
  • Explore the process of grant proposal writing step-by-step
  • Learn to recognize what makes a project attractive to a funding agency and see how to create a compelling case
  • Learn to recognize what makes a project attractive to a funding agency and see how to create a compelling case
  • Discover how to target the best funding agencies for your project and learn insider secrets for approaching them in the right way
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Gain insider secrets from professionals who have raised millions in grant money for various causes
  • Understand how to develop successful grant-fund proposals and become a more valuable member of your organization or cause
  • Gain an edge on your grant-writing competition with the proper knowledge to get a yes to your proposals
Get Grants! Outline
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Week 1

The first step in getting grants is making sure that you have a fundable project, and next to take an idea and develop it into a proposal. You’ll learn how in this course. Then learn the eight parts of a typical grant proposal, and you'll find out in what order you should develop them.

Week 2

In this lesson, you’ll get to the heart of the proposal: the "why." Learn how to detect a real need and then write a concise, clear, well-documented need statement that makes funding agencies take note. Then learn how to write goals that flow from the need statement and objectives that will help to measure your success. More specifically, you’ll learn how to craft the specific, measurable objectives that grant makers require.

Week 3

Understand how to design evaluations that clearly demonstrate how your outcomes support your goals and the goals of the funding source. You’ll also learn about methods and activities, which are the things you'll be doing from the moment you receive your funding in order to reach your goal. Planning these steps can be daunting, but you'll see how to create a detailed road map so that you never get lost. And you'll know how to capture all the great ideas that you generate during the grant-writing process, so your project manager will be able to start implementing them right away.

Week 4

Go through each of the budget categories and define the more confusing terms. Best of all, you'll get good models for your budget form and your budget narrative. Funders don't always require information about dissemination (publicizing your program) and sustainability (future funding), but both are vital pieces in convincing funders that you will make the most of their investment. You'll find out how you can best present them in your proposal.

Week 5

Look at how to give the summary its due. We'll also talk about letters of inquiry: what they are, when to use them, and how to make them effective. And we'll examine how to make successful first approaches to funding sources. Then learn about researching funding sources. By the end of this lesson, you'll know who funds government programs and where to get the best information. You'll also know where to find out about private foundations and corporate funding.

Week 6

The tips you'll get today (including ways to assemble and package your grant) will help you present your proposal in the best light. Finally, we'll cover writing style . . . what works and what doesn't. We'll discuss how to ensure that your organization is ready to apply for a grant. And we'll talk about grant writing as a career—including what it means to work on retainer and why you should never work on a contingency basis.

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Get Grants! Instructors
Janet Levine

Janet Levine has been involved with grant writing and fund raising since 1988. In 2007, after almost 20 years "in the trenches" Janet started her consulting company, Janet Levine Consulting, to help nonprofits increase their fundraising capacity. Just before starting her consulting company, Janet was the Vice President for University Advancement at a public, urban university. She has been a fundraiser and administrator at a number of colleges, universities and other non-profit organizations. In addition to her work experience, Levine has her Masters of Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a B.A. from Hofstra University. She writes about issues affecting nonprofits and fundraising in her blog, Too Busy To Fundraise, and regularly teaches workshops on fundraising and board development. Janetis a frequent presenter at professional conferences.

Bo Morton

Bo Morton has spent over 15 years as a grants development practitioner. For more than a decade she was a full-time Director of Grants Development and Management at a community college where she was responsible for developing and submitting grant proposals for various college programs and for assisting faculty and staff with project development, proposal writing, budget development as well as with managing their grants. She was also tasked with securing funding for the new initiatives and developing relationships with potential funders. During her tenure at the college, she secured over $75 Million in grants for college programs. Since 2011, Bo has been assisting international nonprofits and NGOs, and educational institutions in developing resources via grants from governments, private foundations and multilateral organizations as well as private donations, program income and other revenue streams via her company Linked-to-Grow. Bo is a strong believer in creative approaches to resource development, in maximizing the potential of linkages and partnerships, and focusing on documented social impact rather than perceptions.

Get Grants! Requirements / Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Get Grants! Frequently Asked Questions
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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work?

Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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