Grant Research: Effective strategies for your nonprofit
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Grant Research: Effective strategies for your nonprofit

The essential first step in grant writing - practical skills you need to fund your nonprofit
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250 students enrolled
Created by Ashley Pereira
Last updated 3/2020
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Price: $64.99
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This course includes
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 4 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • What a grant is
  • Who gives grants
  • The top free grant research databases
  • How to use grant research databases
  • How to identify potential grant prospects
  • How to save and organize potential grant prospects
  • How to scrutinize prospects to find the best fits
Requirements
  • You are affiliated with a nonprofit organization (ex: school, community group, church, etc.).
  • You have basic skills using a computer.
  • You have basic skills using Excel and Word (or related tools).
Description

This course is the essential first step in your grant writing process.

Millions of dollars in grant funding are awarded to nonprofit organizations throughout the country each year. But do you know how to find it? This course will demystify the process of grantseeking by equipping you with practical skills you need to find funding for your nonprofit organization. Learn how to effectively use the best free grant research databases and tools to secure the funding you need to succeed! Using a real client case study as an example throughout this course, hands-on applications are demonstrated to help you develop your own grant research skills to increase the sustainability of your organization. Loaded with helpful tips, expert guidance, and downloadable tools based on nearly a decade of experience in what works in the world of grants.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone in need of grant funding to support their nonprofit organization.
Course content
Expand all 41 lectures 02:20:02
+ Introduction
2 lectures 06:10
Key Definitions & Types of Grantmakers
03:03
Definitions
2 questions
+ The Three Types of Grantmakers
3 lectures 10:04
2: Business Grantmakers
03:41
3: Foundation Grantmakers
03:26
Grantmakers
4 questions
+ Where To Find Grants - DATABASES
5 lectures 27:30
How to Find Grants Intro
01:51
Links to grant research databases
00:07
Database #1: GetEdFunding
08:59
Database #2: The Grantsmanship Center
11:00
Database #3: Grants.gov
05:33
Explore one of the three grant research databases discussed in this section.
Grant Research Database Exploration
4 questions
+ Where to Find Grants - MY SECRETS!
6 lectures 13:03
5 Secret Sources to Find Grants, Free!
00:47
Secret Source 1
02:09

Here are the links to the 2 examples mentioned in the video:

Michigan State University: https://vprgs.msu.edu/find-funding

Arlington School District: https://www.aisd.net/?s=grant+opportunities

Secret Source 2
02:17
Secret Source 3
01:52
Secret Source 4
02:56

Here is the link to the Bank of America page used as an example in this video: https://www.bankofamerica.com/philanthropic/search.go

Secret Source 5
03:02
Choose one of the five secret grant research resources discussed in this section and complete guided exploration questions.
Secret Source Exploration
4 questions
+ Grant Research - Step 1 Getting Started
6 lectures 14:18
Grant Research 101
02:46
10 Things You Need to Know
04:56
A Quick Note
01:48
The 10 things you need to know
Completed Intake Form
1 question
Setting Search Terms
01:48
Sample Search Results
01:19
Organize Your Results
01:41
Getting Started With Grant Research
3 questions
+ Grant Research - Step 2 Screening
7 lectures 27:51
Screening Sample - Part A
02:10
Screening Sample - Part B
03:14
Screening Sample - Part C
02:15
Screening Sample - Part D
05:33
Screening Summary
04:29
Follow the steps discussed in this section to screen potential grant matches
Screening Practice
2 questions
Strategy for prospects list
05:06
+ 990s: The secret weapon of grant research
6 lectures 23:02
Getting started with 990s
01:03
What are 990s?
01:44
When to use 990s
01:27
How to use 990s
01:33
990s
3 questions
990s Example 1 (foundation with no website)
07:47
990s Example 2 (ensuring a good fit)
09:28
Find all the information for one screened prospect using the 990s
990s Exploration
1 question
+ Next Steps
6 lectures 18:04
LOIs
02:46
LOIs
3 questions
Proposals
03:32
Applications
05:24
Proposals and Applications
3 questions
Next Steps Essentials
02:42
Parting Words
02:52