Grant Writing + Non-Profit Management

If you're passionate about having a meaningful career that helps others, this course is ideal. Throughout this career training course, an experienced grant writer will teach you the essentials of writing or acquiring grants for private, public, and/or government use. You'll discover how to develop compelling grant proposals. You will then study the components to successfully manage a non-profit or work in a management role within the non-profit sector. In addition to fundamental management...

12 Months / 510 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment
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Course code: GES428

What you will learn

  • Learn how to write a grant proposal
  • Know how to tap into non-profit funding sources
  • Know the roles and responsibilities of a non-profit board of directors and the management team
  • Become knowledgeable on the fundamentals of legal writing
  • Develop practical managerial skills, including marketing non-profit, financial management, human resource development, and fund resource development
  • Understand licensing, permits, and taxes, and learn the basics of the budgeting process

How you will benefit

  • Become a vital asset for any nonprofit organization looking to raise funds
  • Learn how to communicate professionally within the nonprofit community
  • Develop managerial skills that will enable you to supervise both projects and people
  • Jump-start your career as a research analyst, program coordinator, grants administrator, foundation coordinator, grants account clerk, grants manager, or grant writer

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 12 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 510 course hours
  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. Bid/no bid decision
    5. 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
  10. Nonprofit Management and Governance
    1. Management and Leadership
    2. Finance
    3. Legal Issues
    4. Public Relations
    5. Board Relationships
    6. Evaluation
    7. Organization and Development
    8. Human Resources Issues
    9. Governance
  11. Strategic Management in Operations
    1. Introduction and Overview
    2. Definitions and Business Models
    3. Categories and Strategies
    4. Strategic Planning Models
    5. Creating Strategic Alternatives
    6. Implementation
    7. Conclusion
  12. Financial and Accounting Management for Non-Profits
    1. Introduction and Overview
    2. Importance of Financial Statements
    3. The Balance Sheet
    4. The Income Statement
    5. Statement of Cash Flows
    6. Financial Ratios
    7. Non-Profit Tax Issues
    8. Non-Profit Statements
    9. Conclusion
  13. Marketing Management
    1. Introduction and Overview
    2. Marketing Goals
    3. The Marketing Plan
    4. The Marketing Mix
    5. The Marketing Budget
    6. Marketing Implementation
    7. Technology and Marketing
    8. Summary
  14. Legal Issues in Operations
    1. Introduction
    2. Sources of Law
    3. Agency and Employment Law
    4. Torts Law
    5. Sales and Products Liability
    6. Intellectual Property
    7. Ethics
    8. Summary
  15. Organizational Leadership and Decision Making
    1. Introduction and Overview
    2. What is a Leader?
    3. Sources of Power in Leadership
    4. Leadership Theories
    5. Transformational Leaders
    6. Decision Making and Empowerment
    7. Accountability
    8. Summary
  16. Persuasive Communication
    1. Introduction
    2. Fundamentals of Communication
    3. Knowing the Audience
    4. The Power of Listening
    5. Credibility of the Speaker
    6. Evidence in Persuasion
    7. Emotion in Persuasion
    8. Organizing the Argument
    9. Summary
  17. Negotiating Strategies
    1. Introduction
    2. Steps in Negotiating
    3. Tools in Negotiating
    4. Types of Negotiations
    5. Personality Types
    6. Preparing for Negotiations
    7. BATNA and Summary

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.


There are no specific prerequisites for this course; however, basic computer skills, including the ability to navigate the Internet and use email, are required. This course is intended for anyone interested in developing their grant writing and nonprofit management skills.


Hardware Requirements:

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

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or newer.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Office or equivalent (not included in enrollment).
  • Adobe 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. The following textbooks 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
  • Handbook for Writing Proposals
  • Managing by the Numbers: A Complete Guide to Understanding and using your Company's Financials
  • Strategic Planning: A Pragmatic Guide
  • Managing a Nonprofit Organization

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This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive twelve (12) months to complete the course.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

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