Grant Writing for Nonprofits and Freelance Writers
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Grant Writing for Nonprofits and Freelance Writers

Learn how to "grantsmith" winning proposals, think like a funder, draft a solid boilerplate, and build relationships.
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4.6 (331 ratings)
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3,111 students enrolled
Created by Tim Whitney
Last updated 1/2015
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Price: $24.99
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 35 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Identify relevant government and private foundation funders
  • Draft solid and efficient proposal boilerplate language that can be used for years

  • Strategically align funder priorities, organizational mission, program design, program budgets

  • Use provided sample language as a guide in your own proposal writing
Requirements
  • Writing software and Adobe Acrobat Reader (to view PDFs)
  • The homework encourages students to focus on their nonprofit and its programs, so freelance writers should have a nonprofit / program in mind
  • Student should have working knowledge of their organization's goals, programs, and priorities
Description

Many nonprofits are worried about tax law changes affecting donations. To be competitive, you need to diversify and build your skills for generating revenue.

This course is designed for nonprofits that want to not only get better at writing successful proposals, but also get better at the process of researching and applying for foundation and government grants. The course is also for grant writers or freelance writers who want to offer their clients a more comprehensive approach to grant writing.

When you’re done with the course, you’ll have assembled one of the most powerful tools a nonprofit can have – a proposal boilerplate.

The boilerplate contains about 75% of the language you’ll need as you’re drafting proposals. Working on the boilerplate outside the pressure of a proposal deadline will result in language that is better-written, as well as more thoughtful and strategic. It will also set you up to be uber-efficient as you’re writing proposals in the future.

Throughout this course we'll be using real examples and real language, and each lesson includes a transcript, so you can kickstart your own boilerplate.

You’ll also be given strategies and tips for finding foundation and government grants, including:

  • Identifying five relevant local foundations
  • Gathering information about grants at the local, state, and federal level for you to start pursuing

Finally, we’ll be walking through key strategies for completing solid applications, including:

  • Letters of intent
  • The budget
  • Meeting a funder’s expectations

Each video session includes two downloads: a PDF of the slides in handout format, and a Word document transcript.

Who this course is for:
  • Nonprofits, particularly small and new nonprofits, or those struggling to develop funder relationships
  • Freelance writers looking to add grant writing to their skillset
Course content
Expand all 17 lectures 01:34:30
+ Introduction
1 lecture 03:08

In this session, you'll get an overview of the goals of the course and how it's organized.

Preview 03:08
+ Think Like a Funder
1 lecture 04:31

In this session, you'll learn how to think like a funder and how to plan strategically for grant proposals.

Preview 04:31
+ The Boilerplate
9 lectures 49:17

In this session, you'll learn about the value of creating a proposal boilerplate and the overall structure of a boilerplate document.

Introduction to the Boilerplate
02:07

In this session, we'll work on your Mission and History statement to create a solid foundation to any proposal.

Mission & Vision
07:09

In this session, you'll write language to let funders know your overall philosophy and the specific approach you take in response to that philosophy.

Philosophy & Approach
07:03

In this session, you'll assemble key statistics and conclusions that support your program and approach.

Preview 04:55

In this session, you'll be creating long and short descriptions of each of your program using a consistent, logical structure.

Program Descriptions
08:03

In this session, you'll be exploring and writing about the mechanisms you use to maintain accountability for quality service delivery.

Accountability
05:27

In this session, you'll be exploring and writing about your plans to keep your programs sustainable beyond funding.

Sustainability
06:00

In this session, you'll be writing about the different types of partnerships you engage in to keep your programs strong.

Partnerships & Volunteers
05:16

In this session, you'll be wrapping up your boilerplate by writing sections about your governance and leadership, than making sure you have the right supporting documents.

Governance, Leadership & Misc. Documents
03:17
+ Finding Foundation & Government Funders
2 lectures 12:01

In this session, you'll learn how to research and find appropriate foundations to support your work.

Finding Foundation Grants
05:28

In this session, you'll learn how to research and find appropriate government grants to support your work.

Finding Government Grants
06:33
+ Successful Applications Start-to-Finish
4 lectures 25:33

In this session, you'll learn the value of relationships and craft a sample letter of intent.

Developing Relationships & Letters of Intent
05:02

In this session, you'll learn some key strategies for assembling a solid and complete proposal.

Completing the Application
08:10

In this session, you'll learn a basic structure for a program budget and how to calculate different line items.

The Budget
09:13

In this session, you'll learn a few tips for ongoing success, whether you get the grant or not.

After You Submit
03:08