Grant Writing Basics
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Grant Writing Basics

A basic outline of information for individuals and organizations new to applying for funding through grants.
3.6 (28 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
483 students enrolled
Created by Heather Closson
Last updated 2/2014
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What Will I Learn?
  • The confidence to complete and submit a grant proposal
  • An understanding of what most grant committees are looking for in your proposal
  • The "Do's and Don't's" of drafting your application materials
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  • A willingness to learn
  • A computer to view videos and download materials
  • A potential idea to be funded (Not required)

Are you new to grant writing? If so, the process can often seem daunting and overwhelming. Hiring a grant writer may seem tempting, but could cost you $100+/hr. So put away that checkbook, pull out a notebook, and slip on those slippers. This course is designed to help you understand the basic principles of writing a grant narrative, executive summary, and a variety of other proponents essential to your proposal- all from the comfort of your own home.

Who is the target audience?
  • Individuals new to grant writing
  • Non-profit organizations
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Curriculum For This Course
1 Lecture 01:35

This welcome lecture discusses the topics and areas that will be covered throughout the course.

Preview 01:35
Developing Your Idea
3 Lectures 08:44

Anyone can have an idea. Learn more about developing and solidifying yours before your begin writing your grant proposal.

Preview 04:08

It's not enough to want your grant to succeed- a certain amount of research is required to help your application stand out from the rest.

Preview 03:33

Planning ahead will save you time- and a potential headache- later down the road. Includes downloadable checklist.

Preview 01:03
Writing Your Narrative
5 Lectures 15:47

An introduction is vital to the success of any relationship, including your relationship with the funding company.

Hello, my name is ______!

Your executive story introduces and describes your project to the reader. Don't underestimate its value by saving it until the end.

Don't Save the Best for Last: Your Executive Summary

A series of helpful tips that guide you through the process of writing your proposal- in plain English.

In Plain English: Describing Your Project

Goals and Objectives

Describing how your project will impact you, your organization, and your community is a key component to a successful grant application.

Making Your Mark: What's the Impact?
Building Your Budget
2 Lectures 07:28

Includes a sample budget to download for reference.

Excel: Charting the Expenses

How you will utilize your funds is equally as important as the idea/project itself.

Be Clear: Use a Budget Narrative
Finishing Touches
4 Lectures 07:29

Following a strict timeline is vital to the successful completion of your proposal. A reader can tell when an application has been assembled in a hurry.

Set Your Timer: No, Seriously

Additional Information

Be sure to have an extra pair of eyes ready to double check your work. In fact, make it several pairs of eyes.

Read the Instructions: Double Check Your Work

Congratulations! Enjoy your completed project and reward yourself for a job well done.

Sign, Seal, and Deliver
1 Lecture 01:29

Happy Writing! And remember- if you are granted your funding request, be sure to follow up with a note of appreciation or acknowledgement. Many grants will have a component that must be filled out at the completion of your project, so also be sure to keep an eye out for any follow up facts/information you may be required to provide.

Go Get 'Em: Happy Writing!
About the Instructor
Heather Closson
3.6 Average rating
28 Reviews
483 Students
1 Course
Non-Profit Professional

Heather Closson is an educator, blogger, performer, and production assistant located in Brooklyn, NY. She is an experienced event coordinator, avid crowdfunder, and a social media enthusiast. With professional experience in grant writing and technical production, Heather has a passion for helping artists and arts organizations thrive in today's increasingly competitive world and struggling economy.

To learn more about Heather, please visit her website or connect with her on LinkedIn.