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Practical Grant Writing Training I with Mentor


What is commonly known as "grant writing" is in fact a process that also includes research, planning, and collaboration. This course is a step-by-step guide to understanding the essentials of that process. Participants will develop the skills necessary to identify potential funders, gather organizational information, create a budget, write a proposal, and develop a complete package for a grant submission.

By the end of the course, participants will have had the opportunity to create a submission-ready package. If students do not have a real grant to work on, they can create a mock application based on a standard format.

A brief text is required. In addition, web links to relevant information will be provided.

To keep the cost of this course low, interaction will be limited. One hour of mentoring is included in the price. The mentor's role is to advise and coach you as you move through the lessons. Additional mentoring may be purchased for $15/hour.

Want More Help?

If you would prefer more input throughout the course, please consider taking Practical Grant Writing Training II with Instructor instead.

Required Book

Course Topics:

  • Chapter One: Grant-Getting Overview: The Writing is the Easy Part
  • Chapter Two: The Proposal and its Parts: Analyzing a Funder's Requirements
  • Chapter Three: Planning and Preparing: Things to Consider Before You Begin to Write
  • Chapter Four: Finally, the Writing!: Drafting the Proposal Parts
  • Chapter Five: Pulling it All Together: Perfecting and Packaging
  • Chapter Six: Completing the Process: Submission and Follow-Up


By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Conduct a needs assessment to clarify your organizations funding needs
  • Do research on potential funders
  • Determine which funders are good prospects for your subject area
  • Identify community partners
  • Understand the parts of a grant application
  • Analyze a funder's requirements
  • Create a realistic timeline for completing your submission
  • Draft the parts of your proposal
  • Create a budget for your grant
  • Pull the parts together into a cohesive, professional package


Your progress will be assessed based on the written package you produce.

course quick facts
course code DED-9007
cost $129.00
estimated time to
complete course
24 Hours
course materials

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.


Will I be able to work on my own grant application in this course? Or do I have to work on a supplied example?

Yes you can, you will have the opportunity to create a submission-ready package for your own grant application. If you do not have a grant you are applying for, you will be provided with a mockup application based on a standard format.

What kind of instructor support will I get with this course?

In order to make this course affordable, you will receive minimal support and interaction in this course. It is largely self-directed, however one hour of mentoring is provided. The mentor's role is to advise and coach you as you move through the lessons. Additional mentoring may be purchased for $15/hour. If you need more assistance and support while taking this course, please enroll in the Practical Grant Writing II with Instructor. This is the exact same course except it include more instruction, support, and help in writing your grant proposals.