Grant Writing Fundamentals

16 Hours / 180 Days / Self-Paced

Course Overview:

Need funding for future projects or planned activities? Are you (a student, parent, teacher or school administrator) hoping to find a way to pay for research or services we all used to take for granted, which are no longer funded? This course provides a step-by-step approach to preparing winning grant proposals. Learn to write successful letters and grant proposals. Researching and approaching funders for grant money can help you develop new services, (strengthen your operating budget) and support existing programs. Students leave this course feeling confident in their grant writing abilities and ready to start winning the funding they need to help make a better life for themselves and others.

Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Developing the Proposal

In this lesson we will start the process of writing a grant proposal by doing our research. Our research will fall into two categories: designing the program we want to fund and researching a funder who will be a good match for our program.

Lesson 2: Goals and Objectives

In this lesson we will write our problem statement and write the goals and objectives for our program. The problem statement lets funders know what problem we want to solve while the goals and objectives let them know what we want to accomplish.

Lesson 3: Methods and Evaluation

In this lesson we will learn to write methods and evaluation components of the grant. 

Lesson 4: Sustainability and Budget

In this lesson we will work on the sustainability of our program and work on the budget.

Lesson 5: Background and Summary

In this lesson we will write the background component and then the grant summary.

Lesson 6: Finalizing the Proposal

In this lesson we finalize the proposal so it is ready to send out to funders.

Lesson 7: Putting it All Together

In this lesson we will put the final polish on our grant proposal.

All necessary materials are included.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.

Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
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**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**