Course Code: gw1
In our first week, we’ll cover the basics of grant writing services, as well as tips for getting into the grant writing field and for finding funders. Then, we’ll 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.
This week, we'll walk through the application guidelines for three real-world grant funders: the Surdna Foundation, Wells Fargo, and the Ben & Jerry's Foundation. You’ll learn how to make a good match with a potential funder, how funders present their mission and goals, and what they expect in a proposal package. Then you'll learn some proven techniques and tools to get organized.
In Week 3, we'll look at some creative tips for networking with community members and foundation representatives to help you find contacts and support. Then we'll lay the groundwork for making 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. Then you’ll get acquainted with your collaborative partners, and discover how to put together a successful site visit.
This week we'll explore how to present your program effectively in two all-important letters: the letter of inquiry and the letter of request. Most funders will want one or both of these essential letters. You'll also learn how to ask for the right grant amount and how to overcome any fears about asking for support. We'll walk through a vital technique that will spare you extra work: the rollover concept. We'll also begin to explore all the elements of a Gold Medal Proposal Package.
In Week 5 you'll see how to write your need statement, proposed program paragraphs, measurable objectives, timeline, and evaluation plan. You'll also learn how to include your projected income and expense budget, audited financial statement, proposed program budget and request, and future funding paragraphs. Later in the week you'll learn how to turn a declined application into an opportunity, and how to thank a funder for an accepted application. Finally, we’ll review putting together the final report and how to acknowledge and provide benefits to funders.
In the final week, you'll learn how to create for-profit and individual artist proposals. You'll also get some important tips and techniques for putting together proposals for government funding sources, which are slightly more complicated and much lengthier than proposals to foundations, corporations, or individual donors. In our last lesson, you'll learn about the importance of presentation and gain some insights into what your board of directors can do for you regarding fundraising.
Linda Vallejo has over 30 years of 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. She has served as an ed2go online grant writing instructor for the past 15 years. Ms. Vallejo has written and received over $30 million in grant funds from foundation, corporate, government, and individual donors for her many clients. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree and is a practicing professional artist exhibiting her art nationally and internationally.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
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This course speaks mainly to nonprofit organizations, schools, religious institutions, and municipalities seeking grants from foundation, corporate, government, and individual donors. It's also an excellent primer for individuals wishing to become grant writing consultants or community grant writing volunteers.
Many of this course's elements also easily translate to the for-profit field and to individual artists, which are covered in the last week of the course. Material specifically designed for businesses and individuals is included as well. We’ll make sure you learn everything you need to know, no matter what industry you choose.
Organizations such as the government, corporations, foundations, or trusts may all have funding they set aside to award to certain nonprofit or for-profit entities for a particular purpose. Grant writing is the process of applying for such funding, and is a vital skill for many businesses and charities. When you take this comprehensive ed2go course, you’ll learn these essential skills and more.
Grants from federal or state government agencies are considered public funding, while grants from other sources are typically private funding. Both public and private funding have pros and cons that should be considered when you are choosing where to submit grant proposals. You’ll learn all about this in our robust grant writing program.
I want to thank you for such an informative and convenient course! I've learned so much and have recently accepted a postion working with a local non-profit group as a grant writer. We have many programs on the burner, so my work is cut out for me. Again, thank you!"
This was one of the best courses I have ever taken. Your vast experience and attention to detail, along with your obvious passion for what you do, shows in all of the lessons. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and learning about grant writing. I plan to take more grant writing courses and possibly change careers into this field. Thank you!"
This class has been very helpful. I have greater confidence in the approach to grant writing, and to potential funders. Thank you for your time, effort, extensive information and resource material. Thanks also for showing the order for presenting all of these elements. This class was well worth my time and finances."
I finished my final exam and I'm excited as I look back at everything I've learned in such a short time. With every lesson I experienced a renewed sense of admiration for the way you have put this course together. It is extremely informative yet simple for anyone to understand. Your examples are relevant and very helpful--along with the valuable advice and tips you offered. The organization methods with pictures (binders, file cabinet, folders) were so practical. I have learned so much from this course!!"
Each lesson amazes me at how much research and work goes into grant writing. Thank you for all your extremely well-organized training and your willingness to share your vast knowledge."
Thank you for offering this course, and sharing your knowledge of grant writing! I found the course interesting and engaging. I will be utilizing the material provided in the course as a "grant writing reference manual"...The course is very learner-friendly...When I began this course, I felt like I had no idea where to start when approaching a grant/good match potential funder, or what the field was really about. A to Z grant writing has put a lot of those elements into perspective for me."
Thank you so much for the wonderful information, guidance, tips and resources. This was an awesome class! The course exceeded my expectations and I feel the information you provided was extraordinary. I will be passing my lesson's learned and suggestions to my director. I am sure we will be able to implement many of the guidelines you provided to improve our methods for applying and receiving grants for our non-profit organization. Thanks so much. I really enjoyed the class."
I have two college degrees and love workshops and other continuing education opportunities. This is my first online course. You have made a believer out of me for sure! Thank you for a well-organized, highly informative, and surprisingly personal experience."
Thank you for putting together an awesome, educational program for fledgling grant writers...It will greatly improve the quality of our local library and will help me polish my job and networking skills...Thanks again!!!"
I couldn't help but thank you for the time-saving methods that you are teaching us. Initially, I thought that this grant writing thing would be unattainable, but you give us so much of yourself and what you have used to be successful that it makes me feel that I can do this and do it well myself. I am taking further courses and I can only hope that all of the instructors will be as transparent and helpful as you have been. Thank you!"