Grant Writer Certificate

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

The course covers building your fundraising case, to learning about different types of foundations and other funding sources, to the essential elements of a successful proposal. We’ll take a close look at crafting strong outcomes statements, the use of storytelling to make an impact, and what funders are looking for.

Raising capital is an essential part of any sustainable nonprofit business model. Success depends on the ability to effectively fund-raise, forge positive donor relationships, and compose persuasive grant proposals.

A successful grant proposal is more than an excellent scientific research idea. The idea needs to be conveyed in a clear and compelling manner with realistic objectives, state-of-the-art methodology and a well-structured work plan and budget. Also, you must present yourself as the best person to carry out the research idea.

This course teaches you how to optimally convey your research idea to funding agencies and reviewers, and to maximize your chances of success.

This online course is adapted from the instructors’ 20 years of experience teaching grant proposal writing and winning 5 millions dollars in grant proposals in the last 5 years.

When you want to continue your education, you can seamlessly transfer your education into our Healthcare Associate’s degree.

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Program Outcomes
  • Be able to choose the correct funding scheme for your grant proposal. (know that some schemes are more structured then others);
  • Understand what you can do to learn everything you need to know about the organization you want to apply for a grant;
  • Discover the organizations that have grant opportunities;
  • Understanding the need to check eligibility;
  • Be able to create a realistic planning for writing your proposal in accordance to the deadlines from your chosen funding scheme;
  • Gain insight in bad/weak examples of formulated big ideas;
  • Be able to clearly articulate your big idea where the grant proposal is based on (in three sentences).
  • Know what elements there are in a proposal (and which elements are specific for a certain grant);
  • Understand what information should be contained in the elements;
  • Understand what parts are included in the narrative, determining your own subheadings to include and on what parts you will spend your time;
  • Be able to create an outline of the break of the work in work packages;
  • Identify common pitfalls in writing a grant proposal and replace these with smarter writing examples.
  • Understand the most common formats used in the PI section;
  • Understand what to include in the personal statement;
  • Change your CV points into a compelling personal statement;
  • Understand what elements to include and combine everything to a compelling abstract;
  • Understand why you need to incorporate graphics and charts into your grant proposal and how you can do that.
  • Understand how to come up with a budget (top-down vs. bottom-up);
  • Be able to think about the knowledge utilization part (reason and what to include);
  • Understand how to write a rebuttal;
  • Know what steps you can take to wrap up your proposal.

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

Grant Writer Course Lesson Descriptions

Lesson 1 – What’s in a Name

In this lesson, you’ll learn the different types of grant proposal formats for corporations, foundations, and state and federal government agencies. This lesson is important because you’ll discover who reviews your proposals at each type of funder, what format the proposal review staff expect to receive, and how and why decisions to fund or reject grant proposals are made.

Lesson 2 – Preparing the Executive Summary

This lesson will teach you how to carefully research the funding agencies so you can match your grant funding needs to their interests. You’ll learn how to find and use Internet research sites to identify multiple funders for grant proposal projects. And you’ll learn how to spot the funder/project matches that result in a 90 percent or higher funding success rate.

Lesson 03 – Write the Statement of Need

In this lesson, we’ll focus on how to prepare the first section of the grant proposal narrative-the research and major accomplishments section. You’ll learn how to sift through organizational documents and write useful information that will answer the dozens of questions that grant reviewers ask when reading your narrative. Most importantly, you’ll learn how to avoid the mistakes that can cause your grant proposal to lose points during the initial stages of the funder’s review process.

Lesson 04 – Project Description

This lesson will teach you how to develop a current programs and activities section narrative template. You’ll also learn where to find the type of information a grant reviewer needs in this section of your grant proposal. And you’ll learn how to stay on your toes to answer all of the questions that funders ask when they read this section of your grant proposals.

Lesson 05 – Program Budget

In this lesson, you will learn how to write accurate and magnetizing copy for the target population served section of your grant proposals. You’ll also learn how to conduct extensive research on your target population and how to order, organize, and write the information for this critical section of your grant proposals.

Lesson 06 – Organization Information

This lesson will teach you how to find the most current information on your organization’s partners in the community, region, and nation. You’ll also learn how to identify potential partners when your organization has few or no partners. Most importantly, you’ll learn how to organize and present your partnership information in an appealing format for funders.

Lesson 07 – Selling the Proposal

In this lesson, you’ll learn how to understand the needs statement section from the funder’s viewpoint. You’ll also learn the type of information to collect on the target population and your organization in order to glean language for this section.

Lesson 08 – Networking & Resource Development

This is perhaps the most important of all our lessons. You are halfway through the main writing sections for your grant proposal narrative and gaining more confidence in your skills. This lesson will teach you how to show the funder that you have a well-thought-out plan for spending grant monies. You’ll learn how to look at the program design section from the funder’s viewpoint, how to collect the right information, and how to spot poorly written narrative in this section.

Lesson 09 – Importance of Language & Communication

In this lesson, you will learn to understand the thinking patterns of grant funders when they read the management plan section. You’ll also learn how to avoid the most common types of errors made by other grant writers when writing this section, and how to cull the right information from your program staff or administrators.

Lesson 10 – Proposal Submission

This lesson will teach you how to look at the evaluation plan section from the funder’s perspective. You’ll also learn how to steer clear of the age-old errors that other grant writers make when planning and writing this section. From learning where to find the information needed to write an award-winning evaluation plan to learning the common terms that funders look for in this section, Lesson 10 hits the target.

At this point, you’re nearing the finish line for Advanced Proposal Writing. In this lesson, you will learn the standard definitions you need to know when it comes to planning your budget line items. We’ll also look at examples of award-winning budget sections on the Internet. Most importantly, this lesson will teach you how to recover with the funder when you make a glaring budget error.

In this last lesson, it will teach you how to view your entire proposal package from the funder’s viewpoint. You’ll also learn how to use words that work, some final formatting techniques, and how to prepare the supporting documentation for your grant proposal-the attachments. This final lesson will also teach you the ins and outs of signatories, copies, and how to mail your grant proposal the right way. Lastly, you’ll learn how to follow up on all outstanding items, such as verification of proposal delivery and checking back with funders. Finally, I’ll show you the next step to take when your proposal is either funded or rejected.

 

 

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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 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/fundraisers.htm (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.

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

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