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Grant Writing Basics


Grants are not just free money, but require an investment in planning, resources, commitment, and sustainability.

Applying for a grant can seem like a daunting task. Certainly, there is work involved, but with the help of this tutorial, you will know the steps that are necessary and find that success is not as hard to attain as you might think. Grants also have added benefits for the library in addition to funding, such as valuable partnerships, resolved community needs, and increased community support.

This tutorial will cover each phase in the grant writing and submission process:

  • Prepare - This lesson covers the process of preparing to write the grant. Topics discussed include building a team, finding partners, and designing sustainability. Includes a checklist and the six phases of grant writing.
  • Focus on Library Priorities - This lesson discusses how to focus on the priorities of your library, including identifying the needs and determining how your grant will make a difference.
  • Develop the Grant Project

    - This section covers the development of your grant. Includes elements of the project plan, evaluating the plan, and tools for evaluating the project.
  • Research Funders and Find Appropriate Grants - This section covers how to find funds. Includes grant resources, tips for finding funds, and how to interview with a funder.
  • Write the Grant Proposal - This section covers the process of actually writing the grant. Includes common components to be included in the grant and how to tell your story in the grant.
  • Implement, Evaluate and Continue the Process - This section covers the implementation of the funded project. Also included is how to evaluate the process and keeping up to date.

This course addresses these issues and more in a web-based course designed to take about 1.5 hours to complete.

This course is for 2 CE credits.


After this Tutorial, you should:

  • Understand the basic process of grant work
  • Realize the importance of planning for grants
  • Recognize the steps involved in project development
  • Be encouraged and have the confidence to know that YOU can do it


This course is self-directed and assessments are graded immediately upon completion.

course quick facts
course code DED4210
cost $59.00
estimated time to
complete course
3 Hours
course materials
90 Days

Helayna Haney has been providing professionals with high-quality training solutions for their certification and training requirements of since 1996. Her online course pedagogies include video, computer, and web-based trainings as well as e-books and practice exam simulators. She has taught a number of online courses in areas such as Grant Writing Basics.


"I have a clear understanding of the grant writing process. What is needed and how to develop one from start to finish. I am able to complete my grant reports much easier and assist in compiling the appropriate data. I am now willing to write a grant, whereas before I was very afraid to try. This class as built my confidence. I am planning to continue my online learning experiences. " - Kiwanna Brackett

"This online Grant Writing Basics course has helped me to learn a great deal about the grant writing process." - Melanie B.