In this course, an experienced grant writer will show you how to research and write winning proposals that get funded. You will become proficient in the proposal format use by the vast majority of public foundations. Learn what to do and what not to do on your cover sheet, narrative, background page, and your stakeholder and third-party evaluation plan. Discover the quickest and most efficient ways to gather the information you will need to develop your proposal’s attachments, including information on your organization’s structure, administration, and finances. Gain a full understanding of the criteria funders use to determine whether your grant proposal gets funded or rejected.
Before this course is over, you will have discovered a number of significant finishing touches that can give your project the edge over others. You will learn about the importance of obtaining community and political support before submitting a proposal to any government agency.
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.
Prerequisites / Requirements
Completion of an Introductory Grant Writing course or equivalent experience.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
- 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).
- 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.
WHEN CAN I GET STARTED?
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.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE EACH LESSON?
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.
WHAT IF I NEED AN EXTENSION?
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.