Professional Grant Writing

Ready to develop the skills and strategies you need to become an integral part of one of the world's fastest-growing professional certification sectors—grant writing? In the Professional Grant Writing course, you will further the ideals and goals of your career track by learning about the required competencies that can lead to an internationally recognized certification by one of the leading grant professional associations. Did you know that there's more to writing grants than finding funding...

6 Months / 90 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment
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Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

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Course code: GES2118

What you will learn

  • How a certification enhances professionalism and opportunities for grant writers
  • The skills needed to be a professional grant writer
  • Ways current trends can impact the distribution of funds in the private and public sectors
  • How to match grant funders and fundable programs
  • Organizational missions, cultures, and norms, and how they impact grant readiness
  • Best practices to create a logic model showing interrelationships among elements of project design
  • An evaluation plan using community resources and cultural competencies
  • Prepare a grant budget with appropriate costs, cash, in-kind or leveraged matches
  • Describe the grant writer's role in post-award grant management and transition

How you will benefit

  • Communicate effectively with grant funders for relationship cultivation
  • Submit a grant proposal
  • Write a persuasive case statement
  • Use a professional code of ethics to guide decisions and conduct

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 90 course hours
  1. Why Get a Grant Writing Certification
  2. Being Confident in Your Grant Writing Skills
  3. Grant Funding Trends
  4. Grant Funding Resources and Best Matches for Programs and Projects
  5. Establishing Initial and Ongoing Relationships with Funders
  6. Relationship Between Organizational Development and Grant Seeking Readiness
  7. Proposal Writing Preparation
  8. Proposal Writing Research, Implementation Strategies, Writing Characteristics, and Incorporating Graphics
  9. Writing the Boilerplate for the Grant Applicant Organization
  10. Diving Deep Into Organizational Development Strategies and Funding Needs
  11. Midterm Exam and Writing Prompt Response
  12. Stakeholders, Partnerships, and Key Personnel Collaborations and Communications
  13. Effective Program and Project Design and Development Strategies
  14. Community Resources, Evaluation Designs, and Cultural Competencies
  15. Proposal Budgets
  16. Grant Proposal Submission Processes and Follow-up for Unfunded Submissions
  17. Funded Grant Requests
  18. Writing an Effective Case Statement for Fundraising Purposes
  19. Capstone Assignment: Case Statement
  20. Deciding to Move Forward with Certification
  21. Employability Ethics
  22. Bonus Lesson: Interview Pregame
  23. Final Exam

Dr. Beverly A. Browning

Dr. Beverly A. Browning is a grant writing consultant and visionary who uses thought leadership to work with nonprofit organizations struggling with the woes of revenue stream imbalances. She has been researching grant funding, grantmaking trends, and board-related barriers to nonprofit capacity building for over 40 years. Together she and her team have helped her clients win over $750 million in grant awards. Dr. Browning is the founder and director of the Grant Writing Training Foundation and Bev Browning, LLC. She is the author of 44 grant writing publications, including six editions of Grant Writing for Dummies and the 6th edition of Nonprofit Kit for Dummies (to be published in 2021). Dr. Browning holds graduate and post-graduate degrees in organizational development, public administration, and business administration. She is also a Certified Strategic Planning Facilitator (CSPF), has a McNellis Compression Planning Institute Facilitation Training distinction, and is an Approved Trainer for the Grant Professionals Association (GPA), the Certified Fund Raising Executive International (CFRE, and the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI).



This course is intended for anyone interested in developing their grant writing skills. You will need an internet connection, be familiar with using the internet, have emailing capabilities, and have experience using a word-processing computer program (Microsoft Word is recommended) and a spreadsheet program (such as Microsoft Excel) for the budgeting portion.

Certification Requirements:

It is also aligned with the Grant Professional Certified (GPC) exam offered by the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI), which has minimum requirements of education and grant experience based on the level of education obtained. Completion of this course is applicable for 10 GPCI Education points towards acquiring or in maintaining the GPC certification. For information on GPC Exam Eligibility


Hardware Requirements:

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

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.10 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Excel (not included)
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • 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:

  • Prepare for the GPC Exam: Earn Your Grant Professional Certified Credential

Please note: You will receive a digital book if the physical book is on backorder.

Yes, you will be prepared for the Grant Professional Certified (GPC) exam offered by the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI), which has minimum education and grant experience requirements based on the level of education obtained. Completion of this course is applicable for 10 GPCI Education points towards acquiring or in maintaining the GPC certification. For information on GPC Exam Eligibility

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

After you register, you will receive 6 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.

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 the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.

Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through.

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