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A to Z Grant Writing

Learn Grant Writing

Do you love writing and building rewarding, long-lasting relationships? Do you have a passion for a cause? As a grant writer, you can help nonprofit organizations, schools, religious institutions, and research organizations acquire the funds they need to operate and to thrive. In our A to Z Grant Writing class, you’ll learn how to put together a Gold Medal Proposal Package—one that will capture the attention, and the funds, of donors.

Our informative training program will equip you with the skills and tools you need to enter this exciting and fulfilling field. No matter who you are or what level of experience you have, you can be a successful grant writer. If you’re looking for a grant writing class near you, look no further than ed2go’s online education. You'll find the A to Z of writing and submitting successful proposals right here. We offer one of the best online grant writing courses around, whether you’re already involved in a related position or are looking to take your first step into this rewarding career.

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A to Z Grant Writing

Learn Grant Writing

Learning Method

Instructor-led Confirm your Start Date in Cart

Self-Paced Selection of this learning method allows you to take this course on your own pace, explore the content in any order, and 3 months to complete it. No instructor. Study on your own schedule


Details + Objectives

Course Code: gw1

What You Will Learn
  • How and where to look for potential funders who are a good match for your organization.
  • How to network and develop true partnerships with a variety of funders.
  • How to organize a successful grant writing campaign.
  • How to put together a complete proposal package.
How the course is taught
  • Our online grant writing course allows you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits—a new session opens each month.
  • Once a session starts, two lessons are released each week. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
  • The course will run for six weeks; you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
  • When the final exam is released—on the same day as the final lesson—you will have two weeks plus 10 days to complete it.
  • You must also complete any remaining lessons during this time.
How you will benefit
  • You will gain a new understanding of the grant writing process.
  • You will be able to research, plan, and write grants for any organization.
  • You’ll be positioned to continue your education with courses like Advanced Grant Proposal Writing.
  • You can use your new skills to advance your career—or start a new one!
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Week 1

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.

Week 2

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.

Week 3

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.

Week 4

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.

Week 5

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.

Week 6

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.

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Instructors & Support
Linda Vallejo

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.

Prerequisites / Requirements


There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements: 

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

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
  • Microsoft Word.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Instructional material requirements: 

  • The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
More About

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.

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What does it mean to write a grant?

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.

What is a grant from the government, versus another funding partner?

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.