What makes Gets Grants a different kind of grant writing course? For starters, your instructors have raised millions of dollars in grant funds and will share what they have learned over the years with you. In this course, you will learn how to develop successful, grant-fundable proposals.
Whether you’re interested in writing grant proposals as a career or in obtaining funding for your organization, this course will give you the grant-writing skills you need to outshine your competition. Highly recommended for development professionals, educators, nonprofit agency staff members or volunteers, and anyone else involved in fundraising for a large or small organization.
While the skills you’ll learn during this course are transferable, we do want to emphasize that the focus of this class is on obtaining grant funding for nonprofit organizations.
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.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- 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.