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How to Write a Grant Proposal

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Did you realize that you are most probably an experienced grant writer already?
"NO", you say, "I've never written a grant in my life before" -- but you have.

Most people out there have asked somebody, at some time, for something in writing (one way or another), so you have most likely followed some of the basic principles and procedures of putting a good case forward for something you want (and not necessarily for money).

And basically that is what a grant proposal is all about.  Okay, there's a little more to it than that--but the techniques you consciously (or unconsciously) learned when putting together those requests, when submitting them and SUCCEEDING, are a fabulous place to begin. BUT obviously you need to polish up that gem by building on the basics, learning the techniques, and following the requirements and conditions for writing successful grant proposals.

And there is no better place to start than with this course.  It doesn't supply all the answers, no one source does, but this approach to the subject of grant writing is clear, straightforward, and easy to understand. 

It doesn't matter whether you are looking at grant writing just as a means of helping your child's school, or looking at it as a part or full-time career.  You can and will be successful if you set your mind to it and invest a little of your time in carefully going through this course, researching sites suggested in it, and building from there.

Join us today, and let's learn how to write a successful grant proposal!

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By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define grant proposal and describe the basic purpose of writing one.
  • Know which projects and proposals will be funded and why.
  • Know the best places to find money for grant projects.
  • Know the key working components of a grant proposal.
  • Describe what action plans are, why they are important, and how to establish their timelines.
  • Design, establish and utilize an appropriate evaluation plan.
  • Demonstrate how to write an appropriate budget for a grant proposal.
  • Create a cover letter and complete the application.
  • Know the types of reporting required when landing a grant, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Lesson 1: Know Your Grant Basics

Grant proposals are requests submitted to individuals, foundations, or the government for funding. 16 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Article: What is a Grant Proposal?
  • Take Poll: Grant Writing Experience
  • Take Survey: Needs Assessment Survey (Start of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment: Why Grant Writing?
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Projects and Proposals that Will Be Successful and Why

Successful grant writers pull together all data, the evidence supporting their case, to paint the picture they wish the grant funders to see. By doing so, they set the stage for their proposed project clearly and precisely. 16 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment: Defining Success
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Grant Writing Could Be the Answer

The truth of the matter is that many of us have far more extensive experience in preparing grant proposals than we give ourselves credit for. Have you ever asked anyone for anything in writing, particularly money? 19 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Article: How to Find a Good Grant Writer
  • Review Article: Lessons in Writing Good Grant Proposals
  • Take Poll: Grant Writing Success
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment: What Makes a Good Grant Writer?
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Where Is the Money?

The classic foundation you will most often encounter during your work as a grant writer is one that was set up many years previously by a single individual, which legally makes it a private foundation. 24 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Article: Grants.gov
  • Review Article: Most Generous Corporate Foundations
  • Review Article: Family Foundations
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment: Funding Your Organization
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Trends and Facts

There are always facts you really should know but unfortunately do not. Even so, you can easily keep abreast of trends, and in this regard your best friend is without doubt the Internet. 18 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Article: National Trends
  • Review Article: Getting Grant Information For Free
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment: Identifying Trends
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Key and Working Components of Great Grant Proposals

This lesson will certainly help to make things clearer. It's all about looking at some of the bigger pieces of the grant puzzle, polishing them up, and putting them in place. 19 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: How to Craft a Needs Statement
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment: The Mission Statement
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Action Plans and Their Timelines

Your action plan is the comprehensive diagram contained in your grant proposal and plays a large part in achieving your goal of a grant. 17 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review Article: 13 Steps to Formatting a Winning Proposal
  • Review Article: Writing and Formatting the Proposal
  • Review Article: Anatomy of a Grant Proposal
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment: Writing an Action Plan
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Designing, Establishing, and Utilizing an Appropriate Evaluation Plan

Proper evaluation plans are tightly integrated into the grant proposal and connect project objectives and goals to their relevant evaluation. They are usually one of the last parts of the grant proposal narrative. 18 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Article: Proposal Writing Hints
  • Review Article: The Language of Evaluators
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment: Program Evaluation
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Preparing to Write

The very first rule of any kind of writing is to know and understand your audience. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review Article: How to Prepare to Write a Winning Grant Proposal
  • Review Article: Preparing to Write
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment: Getting Ready
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Words for the Wise

'Words for the wise' as opposed to 'Words to the wise' relate to those extra words, phrases, techniques, and ideas cropping up that you realize can assist you in being a winning grant writer. 16 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review Article: Grant Writing Tip Sheets
  • Review Article: Grant Writing Tips
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment: Turning a Negative into a Positive
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Reviewing Your Work in a Way That Underscores the Strengths and Reduces the Weaknesses

A great strength is to see your weaknesses and work with them, acknowledge them, even highlight them at the right time, while at the same time showing how you are going to accommodate and allow for them, or alternatively how you intend to eliminate them! 17 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review Article: There's More to Grant Writing than Just Writing
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment: Develop a Timeline
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: Budgets

Your budget must support and be tailored to your project's objectives and goals. 17 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review Article: Grant Proposal Budget Preparation
  • Review Article: Developing Your Budget
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment: Creating a Budget
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam

Lesson 13: Your Packaging Is Crucial; 'Gift-Wrap' Your Proposal Accordingly

Whether we agree with the concept of not, packaging and presentation is nearly always crucial. 17 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment: Drafting a Cover Letter
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Exam

Lesson 14: Negotiating Grants.gov

There are plenty of helping hands for you out there; many offline and online sources are a fantastic help with not only finding grants but in the actual writing process. 16 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Review Article: Grants.gov Blog
  • Review Article: U.S. Government Grants
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Assignment: Grantwriting Scams
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Exam

Lesson 15: Miscellaneous Proposal Applications

By far, the majority of grant proposals you will submit will be in the usual way. However, you need to be flexible; i.e., you need to at least be aware of the other types and methods of submission. 14 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Review Article: Restricted vs. Unrestricted Funds
  • Review Article: Apply For Grants
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Assignment: Format Preference
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Exam

Lesson 16: The Triumphs of Successful Reporting

The demand for accountability of and easy access to information on grants programs has increased tremendously over the past few years, so there certainly needs to be a change in attitude with relation to the standard of reporting regarding grant results. 97 Total Points
  • Lesson 16 Video
  • Take Poll: Do You Feel Prepared?
  • Take Survey: Needs Assessment Survey (End of Course)
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 16 Assignment: Asking for More Time
  • Complete: The Final Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 16 Exam
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: How to Write a Grant Proposal
Course Number: 7550155
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 1.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Dr. Deirdre Mithaug
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