This course was amazing. I have taken several courses over the years including a week-long course with the Grantsmanship Center and The Foundation Center in NYC and the amount of information that I learned here was astonishing. I was more amazed of the new information I learned after studying with many, many experts. I would recommend this hands down."
Dr Browning, this is the first message I have posted since joining the class in February. I am the director of one of the nation's largest state archives, containing more than 200 million records dating back to 1630. I do not generally take on-line classes or classes in grant making as I have been writing grants for virtually my entire career but your handling of the material has given me many new ideas. Old dogs can learn new tricks. I will be looking for future courses of yours and thank you for such well crafted course content."
This was the third in a series of classes, I have enjoyed them all. Bev provided inspiration, knowledge, and common sense. The class fell in line with my desired intentions and has given me the tools I needed to proceed with my career."
This is the best course on grant-writing that I have taken to date. The instructor is very detailed in her delivery and anticipates the student's questions well."
Thank you for the course. I was very impressed with it. The class was very well organized. The information and a practitioners insights into the grant writing process were invaluable. Dr. Browning, Your knowledge, skills, and ability to communicate were outstanding. Harold, Ph.D."
Thank you for putting together an excellent course on grant writing. The information in each lesson is easy to follow and informative, and the supplementary material is the best I have found so far. I was able to complete the "volunteer" grant I have been working on since April, merely by following your suggestions lesson by lesson. Several times in the past, I was ready to give up on grant writing, but luckily, I decided to give it one more try. As soon as I started this course, everything suddenly fell into place and made sense - thanks to you, I regained my initial enthusiasm, and now I have reached my first goal."
Thank you for providing excellent information to your students and thank you for sharing your professional expertise with us (veteran and novice grant writers) throughout this course. I have learned a great deal because of the information you have shared with us over the past 6+ weeks and I have thoroughly enjoyed being a member of this Advanced Grant Proposal Writing class. Thanks again for your professionalism in this course and your other online course. Keep on inspiring your students."
I enjoyed this course immensely! It was thorough, detailed, sequential-- and your feedback and encouragement put wind in my sails! Thank you for providing such a high quality learning experience. I would happily recommend this course and/or take another one of yours myself. I am in the midst of a career transition and am weighing different options for my love for research and writing. This course gave me an understanding of the grant writing process. It also helped me see that I would love to do more of it."
It's been a tremendous learning experience taking this course. The wealth of information, tips and tricks presented in this class, together with your Grant Writing for Dummies book, has been invaluable! I felt the assignments really pushed me out of my comfort/knowledge zones, forcing me to hone my research, planning and writing skills, which was very needed. I now feel more confident in my abilities. Your consistent feedback and guidance was also very helpful. I look forward to my first attempt to write a grant."
This is a terrific class Dr. Bev! Thank you for the excellent organized material, feedback, and advice. During the course, I had to apply for a grant for the first time. The experience in the class and extensive resources helped me through it. I'm confident I was able to do a very good job even though I'm just starting. Best of luck in all of your future endeavors."
Course Code: adp
In your first lesson, you will earn the different types of grant proposal formats for corporations, foundations, and state and federal government agencies. You will discover who reviews your proposals at each type of funder, what format the proposal review staff expect to receive, and how and why decisions to fund or reject grant proposals are made. Then you will discover how to carefully research the funding agencies so you can match your grant funding needs to their interests. You will learn how to find and use Internet research sites to identify multiple funders for grant proposal projects. You will also learn how to spot the funder/project matches that result in a 90% or higher funding.
This lesson will focus on how to prepare the first section of the grant proposal narrative----the research and major accomplishments section. You will learn how to sift through organizational documents and write the most useful information that answer the questions grant reviewers ask when reading your narrative. You will learn to avoid mistakes that can cause your grant proposal to lose points during the initial stages of the funder’s review process. Then you will learn how to develop a current programs and activities section narrative template. You will also learn to answer all the questions that funders ask when they read this section of your grant proposals.
In this lesson, you will discover how to write accurate and magnetizing copy for the target population served section of your grant proposals. You will learn how to conduct extensive research on your target population and how to order, organize, and write the information for this section. Then you will learn how to find the most current information on your organization’s partners in the community, region, and nation. You will also learn how to identify potential partners when your organization has few or no partners. You will discover how to organize and present your partnership information in an appealing format.
In this lesson, you will learn how to understand the needs statement section form the funder’s viewpoint. You will learn the type of information to collect on the target population and your organization in order to glean language for this section. Then you will learn how to show the funder that you have a well-thought-out plan for spending grant monies. You will learn to look at the program design section from the funder’s viewpoint, how to collect the right information, and how to spot poorly written narrative.
This lesson will show you the thinking patterns of grant funders when they read the management plans section. You will learn how to avoid the most common types of errors, and how to cull the right information from your program staff or administrators. Then you will look at the evaluation plan section to learn where to find the information needed, how to write an award-winning evaluation plan, and learn the common terms that funders look for in this section.
This lesson will give you the standard definitions you need to know when it comes to planning your budget line items. You will discover how to recover with the funder when you make a glaring budget error. Finally, you will view your entire proposal from the funders’ viewpoint. You will learn how to use your words that work, some final formatting techniques, and how to prepare the supporting documentation for your grant proposal attachments. You will discover the ins and outs of signatories, copies, and how to mail your grant proposal. Then you will look at the next step to take when your proposal is either funded or rejected.
Beverly Browning is a grant writing consultant with more than 40 years of experience. She has raised upwards of $430 million in contract and grant awards. She is the author of 43 publications and has facilitated a number of training programs. Browning is also the director of a nonprofit organization, the Grant Writing Training Foundation.
Completion of an Introductory Grant Writing course or equivalent experience.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course 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.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.