Grant Writing Basics

A basic outline of information for individuals and organizations new to applying for funding through grants.
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  • Lectures 16
  • Length 43 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2014 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • A willingness to learn
  • A computer to view videos and download materials
  • A potential idea to be funded (Not required)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

Who is the target audience?

  • Individuals new to grant writing
  • Non-profit organizations

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

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

Section 2: Developing Your Idea

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


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.


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

Section 3: Writing Your Narrative

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


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


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

Goals and Objectives

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

Section 4: Building Your Budget

Includes a sample budget to download for reference.


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

Section 5: Finishing Touches

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.

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.


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

Section 6: Conclusion

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.

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Instructor Biography

Heather Closson, 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.

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