Grant Writing: How to Write Nonprofit Grants for Beginners

A complete beginners guide to writing and applying for grant funding
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  • Languages English
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Published 2/2016 English

Course Description

Every nonprofit is unique. You are fighting for a specific, unique cause. You are serving a unique part of society, whether it be the dung beetles in Alaska or the homeless in Los Angeles. You have unique employees who are dedicated to your cause. You also have unique funding needs. Because there are so many things that make your organization unique, I want to help you tell your own story and apply for your own grants.

I have developed Grant Writing: How to Write Nonprofit Grants to cultivate your grant writing skills and empower you to write successful grants. There are millions of grants that you can apply for and quite a few foundations hardly receive any applications for their grants. This is money that could be accessed if you dedicate time to writing grants.

This course is designed with nonprofit organizations and their employees in mind. You will learn about the key aspects of a grant application, you will find grants that you can apply for, and you will go through the entire grant application process.

Your learning will be facilitated by video presentations, worksheets, quizzes, and assignments that will solidify the grant writing process and propel you towards getting funded.

What are the requirements?

  • I will recommend books for further reading throughout the course, but nothing is needed for this course

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Research and discover potential grant opportunities
  • Compose complete grant applications
  • Organize grant writing materials for current and future use
  • Revise and rewrite grant applications to ensure success
  • Assemble grant applications to apply for funding

What is the target audience?

  • This Grant Writing course is meant for potential grant writers, nonprofit employees, and anyone interested in the grant writing world. No prior experience or knowledge is required. Those who have a background in grant writing receive knowledge on how to improve their grant writing skills to promote success.

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Section 1: Welcome to Getting Funded--The Grant Writing Process

Welcome to Getting Funded--The Grant Writing Process! In this course we will be going through the complete grant writing process. You will learn when your organization is ready to apply for grants. You will learn research skills to find potential grants. You will learn all of the parts of a grant and then we will go step by step through the writing and revising processes.


This course is divided into 5 major sections:

1. Getting Started

2. Finding a Grant

3. Writing the Grant

4. Revising the Grant

5. After Submission

2 pages

Here is my personal copy of the course outline. I find it a little easier to follow than how the course looks online. Feel free to print it off if it helps!

Section 2: Resource Center

Hello! I'm Stephanie Tanner, the instructor for this course! Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you have about the course!

2 pages

There are so many great resources out there to help you improve your grant writing skills. These are a few of the books that I recommend.

1 page

Because I am passionate about nonprofits, I have a list of great organizations. Feel free to check these out!

Section 3: Part 1--Getting Started

Welcome to Part 1-- Getting Started! In this section of the course we will be discussing grant readiness and different parts to grant applications.


You will be able to diagnose your organization and know what steps you need to take before you dive into the grant writing process.


You will develop skills on how to organize and compile all the information you need in a grant application.

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This assignment is designed to organize your grant information for current and future use.


Welcome to the Parts of a Grant! In the following modules we will go through the various information you need in a grant application.


Musana is a nonprofit organization I am going to use as an example throughout the course. Feel free to learn more on their website:


The Mission Statement is a formal summary of the aims and values of your organization.


The Need Statement is the problem that your organization is addressing.


Beneficiaries are the unit of society that your organization is serving.


The Strategic Plan shows the vision and direction of your organization.


You will understand the importance of leadership in your organization and in a grant application.


This module is on the organizational and program budgets.


We will discuss the importance of commitment and collaboration in an organization during the grant writing process.


Funders like to see your organization actively working with other organizations who have similar goals.

1 page

This assignment is to help you find and develop collaborative efforts with other organizations within your community.


You must be legally eligible to apply for grants.

1 page

This assignment is to encourage you to apply the information in this section. I ask that you compile all of the information and add it to the Google Drive Folder that we created earlier. This will drastically cut down the time it takes for you to write grant applications in the future.

Section 4: Part 2--Finding a Grant

Welcome to Part 2--Finding a Grant. In this section of the course you will research potential grants and find grants that are a good fit for your organization.


You will learn the different types of grant to ensure that you are researching grants that will meet your organizations current needs.


This is where I typically go to research for grants and I would recommend that you start here as well. You will be able to research potential grants.

1 page

This document is a list of websites for you to research potential grants.

1 page

This assignment provides you the opportunity to take time to find various grant opportunities.


Guidestar is my favorite resource to find foundation grant opportunities. It can be a valuable resource for you to know what foundations are in your area and whether or not they have grants that are right for your organization.

1 page

This quiz will go through the major questions you should ask when deciding to apply for a grant.


You will learn how to know and approach a potential funder.


We discuss knowing a funder through their connection, concern, and capacity.

2 pages

You will analyze potential funders based on their concern, capacity, and connection to your organization. This will enable you to decide if a funder is a good match for your organization.

Section 5: Part 3--Writing the Grant

Welcome to part 3! In this section of the course we will go through writing the grant proposal.

2 pages

Here is a list of writing reminders as you write a grant proposal.


You will be able to adequately express the need that your organization is addressing in your grant proposal.


You will learn the importance of using personal stories, statistics, and peer reviewed articles in your grant proposal to strengthen your argument.


You will learn where to find supporting data to add into your grant proposal.


You will be able to create your own project description within your grant proposal.

2 pages

This worksheet will walk you through the process to design your own project for your grant proposal.


You will learn how to create an evaluation plan to record a new program's success.


You will be able to create your own project budget for the grant proposal.

1 page

This worksheet takes you step by step to create a project budget.


You will learn some of the potential supplememental documents that are asked for during the grant application process.

Section 6: Part 4--The Revision Process

Welcome to part 4--The Revision Process! In this section we are talking about how you can revise your grant applications.

1 page

This is a list of priorities for you to use when revising your grant applications. They are ranked by importance. I would recommend spending the most time revising the first priority and work down from there.

2 pages

These are some tips for writing grants.

Section 7: Part 5--After Submission

Welcome to part 5--After Submission! In this section we will discuss steps to take once you have sent in your grant application.


You will have a list of things you can do if your grant application was funded.


You will have a list of things to do if your grant application was not funded.

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Instructor Biography

Stephanie Tanner, Certified Nonprofit Professional, Grant Writer

My name is Stephanie Tanner and I am a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP). I received my higher education from Brigham Young University where I majored in Human Development and Nonprofit Management. I was also a Writing Fellow while in college, where I tutored undergraduate writing across all the curriculums. I have spent over a thousand hours working hand in hand with nonprofits around the world. I have written grants, found funding, and worked with nonprofits based across the United States as well as in Ukraine, Uganda, Ghana, Namibia, Rwanda, etc.

I decided I wanted to shift gears and teach nonprofit organizations how to write their own grants because it is so important for organizations to become independently sustainable. I hope that nonprofits can train their own employees how to write successful grant applications so nonprofits do not need to hire and pay an extra grant writer. Therefore, I designed this course with my background in grant writing, nonprofit management, and tutoring to teach nonprofits and their employees the keys to successfully write and apply for grants.

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