Basic Grant Proposal Writing for Nonprofits
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Basic Grant Proposal Writing for Nonprofits

Crafting Winning Proposals that Get Funded, with Effective Outcomes Statements and Proven Communications Methods
4.4 (135 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
615 students enrolled
Created by Ken Goldstein
Last updated 6/2019
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 15 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Building your case for fundraising
  • Types of foundations and other funders
  • Types of proposals and submissions
  • Key elements of successful proposals
  • What funders are looking for in a proposal
  • Understanding outcomes versus outputs
  • Story telling for grant seekers
  • How grants fit into your fund development plan
  • No prerequisites, but note: This course is geared toward grant writing for 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organizations in the U.S.

An in-depth look at it takes to craft winning grant proposals for nonprofit programs. The course covers building your fundraising case, to learning about different types of foundations and other funding sources, to the seven essential elements of a fundable 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.

This online course is adapted from the instructors' fifteen years of experience teaching grant proposal writing in a classroom setting to over 1,000 nonprofit professionals.

Who this course is for:
  • Those new to the nonprofit sector
  • Those new to fundraising
Course content
Expand all 11 lectures 03:06:51
+ Introduction
1 lecture 05:11

This introductory lecture includes the background of the instructor, information on the format of the class, and the goals for those who complete the course.

Preview 05:11
Getting to know your goals and background for taking this course, and providing some things to think about as you begin.
Initial survey: Getting to know you
8 questions
+ Lesson 1: The Charitable Giving Landscape
1 lecture 27:18

This introductory lecture gives the students background on how grants fit into their fund development plan, other sources of nonprofit income, the types of foundations, and why a diversified funding stream is important.

Preview 27:18

A few questions about the first lecture...

Quick Quiz: Fundraising Landscape
3 questions
+ Lesson 2: Making Your Fundraising Case
1 lecture 24:49

Students will learn to create an assets inventory, write a strong mission statement, understand the role and importance of success stories, and put them all together into a strong case statement for supporting their organization.

Making Your Fundraising Case
A few questions to see if you're ready to write your (internal) Case Statement
Case Statement Readiness Exercise
3 questions
+ Lesson 3: Getting Ready for Grants
1 lecture 27:34

Students will learn what makes a project fundable (what foundations are looking for), how to research foundations, and about the different types of submittals and funding categories.

Getting Ready for Grants
A few questions based on the presentation to see if you're ready to start writing grant proposals.
Grant Readiness Exercise
3 questions
+ Middle Stretch
1 lecture 01:57

A quick check-in and review of the first portion of the class. Take a self-check and make sure you're comfortable with all we've learned so far before diving deep into grant proposals in the next sections.

Middle Stretch
+ Lesson 4: Starting Your Proposal
1 lecture 17:19

Students will learn about the seven standard narrative components of a successful grant proposal and the story arc, and then dig deep into the first three sections.

Starting Your Proposal
+ Lesson 5: Goals and Outcomes
1 lecture 17:40

Students will learn the difference between counting outputs and measuring true oucomes, how to write SMART goals, and see examples of strong outcome statements.

Goals and Outcomes

How well can you identify good outcomes statements?

Goals and Outcomes Quiz
3 questions
+ Lesson 6: Methodology, Evaluation, and Sustainability
1 lecture 17:43

Here we go through the final three elements of a successful proposal, Act III in our story arc: Methodology, Evaluation, and Sustainability, and learn what we mean by each.

Methodology, Evaluation, and Funding Sustainability
Some questions to get you thinking about your methodology and evaluation sections.
Methodology and Evaluation Worksheet
2 questions
+ Lesson 7: Budgets
1 lecture 22:28

Students will learn about putting their proposal into the language of dollars and cents, and fully funding their programs, including overhead costs.

+ Lesson 8: Putting it all Together
1 lecture 22:45

What to include in online and offline submittals, tips for using online application forms, and what to do after you submit your proposal.

Putting it all Together

A few final questions to make sure you're ready to roll.

Putting it Together Quiz
3 questions