Comprehensive Grant Writing for beginners: 7 simple steps
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Go from cash-strapped to funded with the help of a fundraising expert.
3.8 (24 ratings)
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652 students enrolled
Created by Karen Young
Last updated 9/2015
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 5 Articles
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Write a complete Grant application request
  • Cultivate multi year funders
  • Find many funders to meet the goals of your Organization
  • Proactively plan and manage your annual Grant Writing campaigns
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  • Be familiar with the mission, vision and mandate of a non-profit organization.

The course is a series of lectures, and includes downloaded forms.

In this course we learn which information and documents are essential in order to apply successfully for a breadth of Grant funding so that learners can best prepare to apply for funding.

We cover the types of Grants that are available, and for which needs. We review several resources (international) that list available Grants, and learn how to find even more Grants.

The course is hands-on and process oriented. Those taking the course will have the tools and preparation to apply for a number of grants.

The legal and ethical information applies to Canada and the United States, but also has applications internationally.

Karen Young has been a fundraising professional, and an author of books on the topic of fundraising.

Who is the target audience?
  • For those with no prior experience in fundraising or writing grant applications.
  • Not for experienced fundraisers.
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Curriculum For This Course
Introduction to Grant writing
2 Lectures 02:05

Who is this course for? Overview of the "7 simple steps" to write grants.

Preview 02:05

About the instructor, Karen Young.
1 page
What you need to know
2 Lectures 13:36

In which we cover:

  • A few definitions of fundraising.
  • Broad definition of who gives funds, and some restrictions for their giving.

We take a look at the ethics of fundraising including:

  • use of funds, matching funds, reporting
  • hiring a fundraiser: how, and the reasons why it has to work this way


Categories of Grants

  • Operating funds
    • definition
    • what to watch out for
    • funding some Operating expense, ethically
  • What to ask for: projects
    • how to ask for all funds required
  • Project grants
    • fee for service
    • what to watch out for
    • capital projects
      • how they may be funded
    • Matching funds and in-kind donations
Preview 08:17

Section Two Quiz
3 questions
6 Lectures 11:11

Prepare information for your Case for Support document.

Start by assembling information about your Organization.

  • legal information and status
  • primary and secondary mandate
  • community support
  • public face of the organization
  • history and story
  • financials

All about your organization

Preparing "your" people for grantwriting and fundraising

  • Board
  • Volunteers
  • Community

Determining how to recognize and thank funders

About your people

Why telling stories is so important. And what are the elements of a great story.

How to get compelling stories.

Writing style, and getting the conversation started.

Your stories, and your need

Your stories
1 question

What do you do if you are new to an organization and require historic or sector background? Read on...

When you're new: researching a compelling Case

Preparation Worksheet
3 pages

Review of Preparation
Demonstrating Need
2 Lectures 03:22

How to describe your need, while demonstrating fiscal responsibility.

  • What type of thing you might ask for.
  • how to describe your need.

Budget for the project.

  • Be detailed, answer fully.
  • Income (confirmed or unconfirmed), and all expenses.
Financial need and responsibility

Review of Demonstrating Need
Finding Funders
2 Lectures 10:06

Organizing your Funder search

  • spreadsheet
  • database of your funders

Funders and finding them

  • Government (levels)
  • Funders Database (purchased)
  • Foundations

Community and Private Foundations

  • How to find them
  • Information that is available to everyone
  • Canada; USA; Australia; Britain

Online searches

Other local funders

  • who
  • what they will want from you

Corporate Foundations

Where else to find (even more) local Funding sources

Explore and research many potential funders

Review: Finding Funders
1 Lecture 02:45
Grants Calendar
The Application
2 Lectures 05:52

Meeting with Funders

Styles of Applications

  • what to watch out for
  • following their style and requirements

Organizing the Application

  • brief, but including everything needed

Well written (succinct, but telling story)

  • Describe the need, tell the story, use the words that they use

Multi year applications


Follow up

When not to write asking for a Grant

Completing various styles of Application; when not to apply for funds

Review of the Application
1 Lecture 02:05

You're successful, now what?

  • reporting

You were not successful, what to do.

  • connect and chat

Build relationships

Review of the 7 Steps for Grantwriting Success!

Reporting and follow up
About the Instructor
Karen Young
3.6 Average rating
32 Reviews
1,375 Students
4 Courses
Educator, entrepreneur, author, publisher

Karen Young brings over 20 years of business experience to effect a clear goal: to provide individuals with the skills they need for success.

Applying prior marketing and management experience in the service industry, Karen grew her small communication and marketing business into an accredited career college, preparing many hundreds of people for the workplace.

Not limited to the Boardroom or to the classroom, in 2008 Karen shifted focus, applying her broad experience in non-profit management and fundraising, to the alleviation of poverty in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, in the role of Director of Resource Development. She has built relationships in various sectors and communities around the region, participating in all aspects of fund development, volunteer management, and social enterprise creation. Karen has worked with non-profit organizations of all sizes, from micro start ups to large multi million dollar service agencies.

Karen's proven community building approaches are an asset to participants. Her involvement in the community won her the distinction of Woman of The Year for leadership with the Business and Professional Woman's Association, Fraser Valley.

Her volunteer experience includes former President of the local Symphony Orchestra Society (1999 - 2007), appointee to a government Arts grant-giving agency, BC Arts Council (2007 - 2012), a capital campaign Executive for a hospital, and on the organizing committee for Summer Games (1992 - 1995). In addition, Karen is former President of the local Chamber of Commerce.

She is an author of various books on fundraising and personal development, for example "Fundraising Primer", "101 Fundraising Events", and "Fundraising Handbook for Interns", as well as "Seven Simple Steps to Happy". And she is co-author of "Your Path to Success", a workbook and program.