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Grant Writing Fundamentals for Non-Profit Organizations


This self-paced class with instructor assistance will give you the tools you need to efficiently and effectively prepare grant proposals to seek funding for non-profit organizations.

This course has been newly updated and is the same as Practical Grant Writing II with Instructor online course. This course includes instructor feedback and allows you to prepare a real grant proposal you currently need to complete for your organization. If you do not have a real grant, a mock application will be given to you so that you can practice working on a grant application.

You may enroll in this course via the Enroll Now button above.

Required Book

Course Outline:

Week 1 - Preparation and Organization

-- Student self-evaluation to understand personal motivation and relationship to the grant seeking organization. There are differences in being a freelancer or being a part of an organization.

The Organization
-- Looking at the organizational structure, the financial situation of the organization and the specific needs that will be addressed in the grant proposal. It is vital to the success of your grant proposal that you understand the larger organizational picture as well as the details of the project requiring funding.

Week 2 - The Grant Proposal and Letter of Inquiry

The Grant Proposal and Letter of Inquiry
-- Depending on the size of the organization, division, department or project, preparing the grant proposal and letter of inquiry can be a daunting task! Cooperation and understanding are essential skills in successfully negotiating the steps from initial draft to final product, especially when customized versions are required.

The Packet
-- There is more to send to potential funders than just the grant proposal! Supporting documentation, pamphlets, brochures, requested information for customized applications, there is an art to deciding what is enough, but not too much, to send in your packet.

Week 3 - The Funders

-- What you''''ll need to know for your research. Where to go for information on Funders. How to screen that information to create your list of potential Funders to contact. Why this research is the most important part of the entire grant approval process.

-- Information gathering telephone calls; Culling the list after receiving applications from Funders; Creating your tracking system; There is an art to contacting the Funders from the initial request for an application or more information until the mailing of the proposal packet.

Week 4 - Putting It All Together

-- Organization and presentation are important in any company mailing, with grant proposals and letters of inquiry they are essential. From mail merging your tracking system information into your letters for personalization to dropping the envelopes into the mailbox, every step in a successful mailing project is covered.

Now What?
-- What to do once the envelopes are sent out and the waiting has begun.


The student will be asked to do the actual writing and research throughout the class. If the student does not currently work with a real organization they will be asked to create a fictional one to use for the exercises. At the end of the class the student should be prepared to actually mail out letters of inquiry and grant proposals.


The student will know how to:

  • understand the non-profit organization`s funding requirements
  • prepare and send out grant proposals and letters of inquiry
  • research prospective funding sources
  • contact and follow-up with funding sources
  • maintain proper record of contacts for future needs

course quick facts
course code DED524
cost $135.00
estimated time to
complete course
24 Hours
course materials
4 Weeks

Dorathy Martel has an extensive background in non-profit administration, grants management, nonfiction writing, and editing. She holds a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master's in Public Administration from the University of Maine, where she teaches College Composition and Business & Technical Writing. She also writes and manages grants for a human-services-focused nonprofit.


"I developed a thorough understanding of the grant writing process and how I can obtain money for my non-profit organization. The instructor was very helpful and provided a lot of real world information in addition to the course materials. I found this a big positive as he just didn't teach from the book. I would recommend this online grant writing course for non-profits to anyone seeking funds for their organization." - Shannon Davis