Grant Writer Certificate

Program Highlights
  •  16 Week Program
  •  Accredited
  •  Instructor Assistance
  •  Your Own Success Coach
  •  Books Included in Tuition

Fundraising is an essential part of any sustainable nonprofit organization. Success depends on the ability to effectively nurture a community of supporters, forge positive donor relationships, plan effective fundraising events and compose persuasive grant proposals. Students will learn how to develop a fundraising strategy for their organization and specifically write effective grant proposals. Students will develop a proposal conveyed in a clear and compelling manner with realistic objectives, a well-structured workplan, timeline and budget. Students will also learn how to submit reports to funders and close out grants in a professional manner.

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Program Outcomes
  • Define your organization’s mission, values, and community
  • Describe the differences between unrestricted and restricted funds
  • Write a compelling evidence-based needs statement
  • Describe how the activities of marketing and fundraising are linked
  • Identify your organization’s stakeholders
  • Identify various revenue sources for a nonprofit organization
  • Identify the timeline considerations of grant writing
  • Describe the various types of grant-making foundations
  • Describe the elements of a grant proposal
  • Write the organization’s overview and program description
  • Develop a program budget (for the grant)
  • Describe the accountability process for submitting reports and closing our grants

This 600 clock hour program is designed to prepare you for an exciting career as an Grant Writer.

Grant Writer Course Lesson Descriptions
Clock Hour Breakdown



TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS The following lists the minimum recommended hardware and software requirements a student will need to successfully access Lakewood College’s online academic programs: Audio: sound card and speakers or headphones for listening Internet connection: 56 Kbps for self-paced courses (caution: if the video is present, it may be poor at this speed) Screen resolution: at least 800 x 600 Internet browser: IE 7 or greater, Firefox 2 or greater, browser set to accept cookies and to show the newest version of a page Media Player such Windows Media Player, Camtasia, or Vidster (all of which can be downloaded for free at the respective websites). Pop-up blocker must be disabled **For optimal results the following is recommended: Internet connection: Cable modem, DSL or better (required for high-quality video) Screen resolution: 1024 x 768

State requirements

A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government, and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state. Click here for contact information on state licensing/regulatory boards and certain professional licensing information.

What You Receive

Lakewood University provides everything you need for the Grant Writer. You will receive,

  • Comprehensive Grant Writer text & study guides
  • Career search & time management guides
  • Open-book, online exams
  • Instructor guidance and unlimited tutoring
  • Your own Student Success Coach!
  • Access to our online library
  • Networking with Lakewood’s active student and alumni social community
Career Outlook

Fundraisers/grant writers work primarily for nonprofit organizations, including educational institutions, religious organizations, health research foundations, social services organizations, and political campaigns. Most work full time. The median annual wage for fundraisers was $57,970 in May 2019. Employment of fundraisers is projected to grow 14 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth is expected to be driven by the continued need of various types of organizations to raise money.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Fundraisers,
at (visited December 18, 2020).

Program Cost
Payment PlanTotal TuitionEnroll
Pay in full
Payment in full: $7,400.00
Tuition: $7,400.00

Lakewood University provides all textbooks, study guides, supplemental materials, achievement exams, and instructional support at no cost to the student.

This is a 600 clock hour program with a tuition cost of $12.33 per clock hour (600 clock hours X $12.33 per clock hour = $7400.00 in tuition).

Administrative Fees (in addition to the tuition above)

Application Fee- $75 for degree programs; $0 for vocational programs

Registration Fee – $200 for degree programs; $125 for vocational programs

Library Fee – $100 per degree semester; $250 per vocational program term