Grant Writing

This course will show you how to find and identify potential funding sources. At your own pace, learn how and why funders make grants to individuals. Throughout the course, you will learn to discover the best tools available for grant searches, gain an understanding of the application process and how to explain your funding needs.

Successful grant proposals are able to identify an important idea and address a significant issue, and your approach to that issue. You’ll learn to describe reasonable objectives and a detailed plan to achieve them. The idea is to assure the funder that the applicant is capable of success which also explain how the project will advance the funder’s mission.

Parts of grant proposals are:

  1. Cover Letter: Written specifically to the appropriate contact person at the foundation.
  2. Executive summary: Describes the information that will follow.
  3. Introduction: Helps to establish your credibility as a grant applicant.
  4. Statement of Need: Describes a problem and explains why you require a grant to address the issue.
  5. Objectives: Refine your idea and tell exactly what you expect to accomplish in response to the need.
  6. Methods: What you will do to accomplish your objectives within a stated time frame.
  7. Evaluation: Measures your results and effectiveness. This should correspond to your objectives
  8. Future Funding: Details feasible plans to sustain your project.
  9. Budget: Itemized list of income and expenses that shows precisely how much money you will need and how you will spend it to accomplish your objectives

The course will provide a guide to foundations that have demonstrated interest in your field and geographic area. Results of the course will have successfully shared a set of tools and tactics as well as best practices that can help your organization become effective in the philanthropic community through the building and sustaining of meaningful giving relationships.