Writing Effective Grant Proposals

Start Date and Time: 
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 11:00am to Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 11:00pm
Organization Name: 
UNM Continuing Education
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Preparing successful grant proposals to receive funding from corporations or foundations requires careful research, meticulous preparation, and graceful writing. Grant administrators will often say that many grant requestors have a limited understanding of the proposal writing process, and as a result their worthy causes lose out.

If you learn how to avoid the errors that lead to the rejection of your proposal, you will be better prepared to help the causes you most admire. This course will walk you through all of the essential steps--including an important discussion of what you must do when the grant arrives.

In this course, you will learn how to become fully familiar with the institution or project for which you are requesting support. You will get valuable guidance in preparing a background statement and a brief financial statement to support your request. You will also research some charitable foundation and corporate giving sources.

Then, you will learn how to put everything together, so you can assemble, write, and submit complete grant proposals to foundations, corporations, and wealthy individuals for any number of your pet projects.

About The Instructor

Jillian Poole has more than five decades of experience in fundraising and development for educational institutions and non-profit, arts, and community organizations. She also taught a graduate course in arts management and fund raising at the American University for 16 years. Poole is the author of "Managing for Money: A Handbook for International Cultural Institutions," which has been translated into six languages.



Duration of Access:
6 weeks

Session Start Dates:
November 13
December 11
January 15
February 12

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

Week One

Lesson 01 - The Writing Style You Will Need for Your Grant Proposal


There's nothing magical about preparing a grant request, but in this lesson, you will learn some easy and fun tricks of trade that will help you with all sorts of writing projects, even those beyond grant proposals. And you will learn special ways to practice these tricks.

Lesson 02 - Thinking About Your Institution the Way Grantors Do


Those of who work for causes they think believe in will care about this cause in a very special way, usually a rather subjective one. But grantors who deal with literally thousands of institutions and causes have a rather different way of thinking about them. In this lesson, you will put yourself in their shoes. And in the process, you will learn a great way to describe your own cause to anyone.

Week Two

Lesson 03 - Information You Will Need for Your Grant Proposal


Now that you have tried on your grantor's shoes, it's time to talk about why those grantors look for certain kinds of information and documents. You will learn what these documents are, so you can dig them out and be ready to supply them when you prepare a grant request.

Lesson 04 - Special Characteristics of Non-Profit Organizations


There are lots of interesting things to know about each individual nonprofit organization, but all nonprofits share one thing: They're not in it to for the money. Generally, you can measure a good business by its bottom line—whether it makes money or not. But how do you measure the effectiveness of a nonprofit that needs money? In this lesson, you will start to look into it.

Week Three

Lesson 05 - Finding Funding Sources—Foundations


The hunt for funding sources is the eternal game of hide and seek that grant writers have to consider. How do you find sources that might be appropriate for you? This lesson will point you toward the most effective research tools available.

Lesson 06 - Finding Out About Your Foundation Prospects


Once you find some foundations that you think might be a good fit for your cause, how do you choose among a field that might include hundreds? In this lesson, you will learn different ways to sift through these foundations, and in the course of this process, you may unearth sources you haven't even considered.

Week Four

Lesson 07 - Finding Out About Your Corporate Prospects


You have looked at all the possible charitable foundations that fit your cause, but don't stop there. What about the corporate world? Corporations have foundations, but they also have other ways of giving. This lesson focuses on packaging your projects for corporations.

Lesson 08 - Doing the Numbers


For those of you who are word people, you will learn another way to tell your story—let the numbers do the talking. People reviewing your proposals will attach great importance to numbers, so you can't get away with simply describing a project with words. In this lesson, you will learn about preparing numbers effectively. It's not hard to do, but it's essential to the success of your proposal.

Week Five

Lesson 09 - Assembling Your Proposal


By the time you reach this lesson, you will have all the pieces you need for your proposal. Now it's time to put them all together and add the finishing touches so you can finally put a complete proposal in the mail.

Lesson 10 - So You Don't Get a Gift—What Now?


In the grant writing industry, you won't win them all. But when you do get a turndown, there are positive alternatives to doom and gloom. The suggestions in this lesson will help you deal with those inevitable turndowns.

Week Six

Lesson 11 - So You Get a Gift—What Now?


Okay, just as you hoped—you did get a gift. There's an old saying in this business: Every gift paves the way to the next. This lesson will ensure you know just how to pave that road.

Lesson 12 - Some Thoughts About Writing Grant Proposals to Individuals


Now that you have all the elements you need for your proposal; can you also send it to an individual? Partially, yes. But you need to think about what would interest an individual and how you can best present your proposal to them; that's what this final lesson covers.

Contact / Reservations
Online Class
New Mexico

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