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Practical Grant Writing Training II with Instructor


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. This online courses covers extensively nonprofit grant writing and how to prepare proposals when a nonprofit.

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, the instructor will provide web links to relevant information throughout the course.

This course has the same content as Practical Grant Writing Training I with Mentor; however, in Practical Grant Writing Training II with Instructor you will be led through each lesson and receive personalized feedback on assignments. Additional grant writing mentoring and/or editing of your final proposal may be purchased for $25/hour.

Required Book

Course Topics:

Chapter One

Grant-Getting Overview: The Writing is the Easy Part

  • Needs Assessment: Why do we need the money? What do we intend to do with it?
  • Funder Research: Who funds this sort of thing? Might they fund our project?
  • Collaboration: Who are our natural partners? How can we work together to maximize resources and minimize duplication of efforts?

Chapter Two

The Proposal and its Parts: Analyzing a Funder's Requirements
  • Preliminary Letters (Intent and Inquiry)
  • Organizational Background
  • Project Summary
  • Statement of Need
  • Expected Outcomes
  • Plan of Action
  • Evaluation Strategy
  • Budget
  • Sustainability Plan
  • Support Letters and Memoranda of Understanding
  • Organizational Documents

Chapter Three

Planning and Preparing: Things to Consider Before You Begin to Write
  • Creating time lines and addressing deadlines
  • Engaging the people who will carry out the project
  • Doing the research
  • Determining project costs and creating a budget

Chapter Four

Finally, the Writing!: Drafting the Proposal Parts
  • Organizational Background
  • Project Summary
  • Statement of Need
  • Expected Outcomes
  • Plan of Action
  • Evaluation Strategy
  • Sustainability Plan

Chapter Five

Pulling it All Together: Perfecting and Packaging
  • Reviewing funder requirements
  • Filling out forms
  • Getting input
  • Editing and proofreading
  • Finalizing the budget

Chapter Six

Completing the Process: Submission and Follow-Up
  • Electronic submissions
  • Hard copies
  • Answering funder questions
  • Rewrites and resubmissions
  • What next?


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-9008
cost $179.00
estimated time to
complete course
24 Hours
course materials
365 Days

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.


"Having never been involved in writing a grant before, this online course enabled me to increase my entire knowledge about the process involved. I feel that I gained a number of skills when it comes to grant writing and believe that this course provided me with a great foundation to be built upon in the future. I feel what I learned is hugely beneficial to my role in the workplace and also for my plans for future work." - Alison Wells


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?

The instructor Dorathy Marthel will be able to answer your questions via email and will walk with you through each lesson. She will provide personalized feedback, and apply her own expertise to your grant application. Additional grant writing mentoring and/or editing of your final proposal may be purchased for $25/hour.