A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
How does it work? 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.
Keep in mind that 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.
Lesson 01 - Basic Grant Writing Concepts
Each year, nonprofit organizations receive billions of dollars from grant-making entities. How can your organization ensure that some of this money comes into your coffers? The goal of Get Grants! is just that, and this lesson will you get started. The first step in getting grants is making sure that you have a fundable project. What's that? You'll find out in this lesson. We'll also talk about how to take an idea and develop it into a proposal.
Lesson 02 - Overview of a Grant Proposal
Today you'll learn the eight parts of a typical grant proposal, and you'll find out in what order you should develop them. We'll examine how to create a workable timeline so that you never frantically work on a proposal only to discover that you missed the deadline. We'll also go into detail about the first part of the proposal—the introduction, or what we might call your section on bragging rights.
Lesson 03 - The Need Statement
Today we'll get to the heart of the proposal: the "why." The need statement is where you convince potential funders that you need their support. But ah, there's a hitch. Funders don't particularly care about things you lack or things that would make you happy. They care about funding projects that address issues or resolve unmet needs that mesh with their priorities. After this lesson, you'll know how to detect a real need and then write a concise, clear, well-documented need statement that makes funding agencies take note.
Lesson 04 - Goals and Objectives
Goals and objectives clarify precisely what you intend to accomplish and help funders see what they are supporting. In this lesson you'll learn how to write goals that flow from the need statement and objectives that will help to measure your success. More specifically, we'll show you how to craft the specific, measurable objectives that grant makers require.
Lesson 05 - Evaluation Plan
"Evaluation" is a word that you hear a lot in the grant-writing world. It's how you show the grant makers that the outcomes of your project are what they want to support. By the end of today's lesson, you'll be able to design evaluations that clearly demonstrate how your outcomes support your goals and the goals of the funding source.
Lesson 06 - Methods and Activities
Today we'll talk 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. You'll also understand how to match your activities to the objectives we developed in Lesson 4. 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.
Lesson 07 - Budget
If you're a numbers person, this lesson about the budget will be right up your alley. If you're not, this lesson will demystify the budget process. We'll 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. These will be very helpful . . . especially when you work on a major grant.
Lesson 08 - Sustainability and Dissemination
Grant writers frequently overlook these two parts of the proposal. But after today, you'll never make this common mistake. 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 today how you can best present them in your proposal.
Lesson 09 - Summary and Letter of Inquiry
Although we're not yet finished with the class, we're at the point of the proposal process where we sum it all up. In this lesson, we'll 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.
Lesson 10 - Researching Funding Sources
You've written a great grant . . . now you need to send it out and get it funded. Today we'll talk 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. Finally, you'll come to understand the sometimes arcane language of guidelines and extract the details you need.
Lesson 11 - Putting It All Together
What image do you want to present to your funding sources? The tips you'll get today (including ways to assemble and package your grant) will help you present your proposal in the best light. We'll review what supporting data you'll need and talk about what you have to do after you've submitted your grant.
Lesson 12 - How to Make Your Proposal a Star
In this lesson, 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. By the end of this lesson (which is the end of this course), you'll be well-equipped to get out there and get grants!