I enjoyed the course and feel that I now have the basic tools to build upon in my pursuit to mastering the art of grant writing. Your instructions were easy to follow without being too simplistic or elementary. This made the pace of reading each chapter perfect for me."
I found the course to be very relevant to my needs. I learned about things that I would never have been able to find out by myself. I feel now I have the tools to write and apply for grants and be sucessful. I think my organization will profit from this knowledge."
I want to think you for all of the information on grant writing. I've learned much more than expected and I'm planning to put it to good use. I didn't realize how much time, information, and research it would take to complete one grant."
Thank you so much. This really enlightened me and taught me a lot. I now see some ways I can help the organization I am working with. Before, I had no idea what grant writing was about or how to go about getting grants."
This has been a wonderful educational experience. I feel prepared to 'venture into the world of grants' on behalf of the historical organization I represent. Thank you for designing this course and for sharing your expertise in this area."
I appreciate how well organized the course material is. I find that the concepts are clearly and concisely explained. I have printed the lessons and will surely refer to this course material often as I write grant proposals for my organization. Many thanks to both instructors. The course was excellent, and I would surely recommend it to others."
The course is exceptionally well done. The instructors were clear and surprisingly thorough, given the time and space restraints. They were very good at eliciting student participation in discussions and promptly provided extremely thoughtful and helpful responses. The resources provided are excellent and well annotated. Frankly, this is one of the best training workshops I have seen. I highly recommend it."
Exceptionally well done. The instructors were clear and surprisingly thorough given the time and space restraints. They were very good at eliciting student participation in discussions and promptly provided extremely thoughtful and helpful responses. The resources provided are excellent and well annotated. Frankly, this is one of the best training workshops I have seen. I highly recommend it."
Get Grants! was a very useful class and I learned a lot. The most useful part to me was the feedback I received on the different sections and the rewrites that I submitted. I felt encouraged and my work was assessed by the instructor, which made me better at each task. Thanks!"
My expectations were high but the course far exceeded my expectations. I found the information, from the material for each lesson to the FAQs and Supplementary Material, to be invaluable. I would not want to pursue grant writing without the preparation this course provided."
Course Code: ggr
The first step in getting grants is making sure that you have a fundable project, and next to take an idea and develop it into a proposal. You’ll learn how in this course. Then learn the eight parts of a typical grant proposal, and you'll find out in what order you should develop them.
In this lesson, you’ll get to the heart of the proposal: the "why." Learn how to detect a real need and then write a concise, clear, well-documented need statement that makes funding agencies take note. Then learn how to write goals that flow from the need statement and objectives that will help to measure your success. More specifically, you’ll learn how to craft the specific, measurable objectives that grant makers require.
Understand how to design evaluations that clearly demonstrate how your outcomes support your goals and the goals of the funding source. You’ll also learn about methods and activities, which are the things you'll be doing from the moment you receive your funding in order to reach your goal. Planning these steps can be daunting, but you'll see how to create a detailed road map so that you never get lost. And you'll know how to capture all the great ideas that you generate during the grant-writing process, so your project manager will be able to start implementing them right away.
Go through each of the budget categories and define the more confusing terms. Best of all, you'll get good models for your budget form and your budget narrative. Funders don't always require information about dissemination (publicizing your program) and sustainability (future funding), but both are vital pieces in convincing funders that you will make the most of their investment. You'll find out how you can best present them in your proposal.
Look at how to give the summary its due. We'll also talk about letters of inquiry: what they are, when to use them, and how to make them effective. And we'll examine how to make successful first approaches to funding sources. Then learn about researching funding sources. By the end of this lesson, you'll know who funds government programs and where to get the best information. You'll also know where to find out about private foundations and corporate funding.
The tips you'll get today (including ways to assemble and package your grant) will help you present your proposal in the best light. Finally, we'll cover writing style . . . what works and what doesn't. We'll discuss how to ensure that your organization is ready to apply for a grant. And we'll talk about grant writing as a career—including what it means to work on retainer and why you should never work on a contingency basis.
Janet Levine has been involved with grant writing and fund raising since 1988. In 2007, after almost 20 years "in the trenches" Janet started her consulting company, Janet Levine Consulting, to help nonprofits increase their fundraising capacity. Just before starting her consulting company, Janet was the Vice President for University Advancement at a public, urban university. She has been a fundraiser and administrator at a number of colleges, universities and other non-profit organizations. In addition to her work experience, Levine has her Masters of Business Administration from Pepperdine University and a B.A. from Hofstra University. She writes about issues affecting nonprofits and fundraising in her blog, Too Busy To Fundraise, and regularly teaches workshops on fundraising and board development. Janetis a frequent presenter at professional conferences.
Bo Morton has spent over 15 years as a grants development practitioner. For more than a decade she was a full-time Director of Grants Development and Management at a community college where she was responsible for developing and submitting grant proposals for various college programs and for assisting faculty and staff with project development, proposal writing, budget development as well as with managing their grants. She was also tasked with securing funding for the new initiatives and developing relationships with potential funders. During her tenure at the college, she secured over $75 Million in grants for college programs. Since 2011, Bo has been assisting international nonprofits and NGOs, and educational institutions in developing resources via grants from governments, private foundations and multilateral organizations as well as private donations, program income and other revenue streams via her company Linked-to-Grow. Bo is a strong believer in creative approaches to resource development, in maximizing the potential of linkages and partnerships, and focusing on documented social impact rather than perceptions.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Instructional material requirements:
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a 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 2 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 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.