Grant Writing: Keys to a Successful Proposal
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Grant Writing: Keys to a Successful Proposal

Build your resume or freelance, learn grant writing skills and discover creative ways to fund your project or program.
4.5 (144 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.
5,342 students enrolled
Created by Richard Feenstra
Last updated 3/2016
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn basic principles of effective grant writing.
  • Discover how to use databases and conduct Internet research.
  • Learn a simple eight step process for writing an effective grant.
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  • No prerequisites, all materials are provided.

Course Summary

Learning how to write a grant is a great way to build your resume and learn valuable skills. Hiring a grant writer can cost anywhere between $35 to $150 an hour. Regardless if you work for an organization that needs funding or if you are looking to freelance, don't pay fees when in just over two hours you can learn how to write an effective grant on your own.

The course is self-paced and can be taken from the comfort of your home, office, or on the go. The course consists of a series of short lectures and a quiz, focused on three main learning objectives;

  • Grant Writing Basics
  • How to Write a Grant Proposal
  • Searching for Funding

The course includes grant writing myths, how to focus on the funder, a simple eight step process for developing your proposal, where to look for funding, how to conduct research and how to keep informed about grant opportunities offered by both foundations and government programs. Certificate of completion available.

Who is the target audience?
  • For anyone looking to write a grant, whether for an organization or freelance.
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Curriculum For This Course
22 Lectures
2 Lectures 03:35

In this lecture I briefly welcome you to the course, explain why it is a great time to be a grant writer and end the lecture by asking you a question. Make sure to download the course Handout.

Preview 02:19

In this lecture I explain how to get the most out of the course as you navigate the Udemy platform. More than video lectures, I encourage you to check for downloadable material, engage in discussions and by all means send me a message.

Getting the Most out of the Course
Grant Writing Basics
3 Lectures 22:10
Discusses the grant writing system along with differences between grants provided by governments and non-governmental organizations (NGO's) as well as two main strategies for pursuing each type of organization.
The System

Provides several basic concepts that can be applied regardless if you are writing a proposal for a foundation, corporation or government grant. Concepts include;

  • Aligning your needs with the funder.
  • Forming partnerships.
  • Follow instructions.
  • Be concise.
  • Avoid jargon and define technical terms.
  • Balance facts with stories, the head and the heart.
  • Stay positive.
  • Avoid procrastination.
  • Embrace change.

Basic Principles

This lecture discusses several common myths about writing grants, including;
  • Grant writing fees being paid from the grant.
  • Money available for personal use.
  • Only major institutions receive funding.
  • A single well-crafted proposal can effectively be sent to hundreds of proposals.
  • Grants only go to those with the greatest need.
  • A grant not funded is the fault of the grant writer.
Preview 05:33
How to Write a Grant Proposal
10 Lectures 01:04:55
Provides an introduction and brief five minute overview of the eight steps of the grant writing process, including;

  • Summary
  • Introduction to Applicant Organization.
  • The Problem Statement.
  • Methods.
  • Program Outcomes.
  • Evaluation Plan.
  • Future Support.
  • Budget.

Overview - The Grant Writing Process

A list of common terms and acronyms used in the grant writing community. Take a quick a look to familiarize yourself with these terms before going through the course.

Common Terms and Acronyms

How to introduce your organization to a potential funder when writing a grant, including;

  • Focusing on the funder.
  • Making a connection.
  • Establishing credibility.

Introduction to Applicant Organization

Breaks down the problem statement into three major components; 
  • Description of the problem.
  • Impacts.
  • Root causes.
Preview 07:51

Discusses various aspects of writing a strong methods section when applying for a grant, including;

  • Methods driving outcomes.
  • Using a specific step-by-step plan.
  • How to include a margin of error.


Learn about defining your program outcomes using the acronym SMART;

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Relevant
  • Time Bound

Program Outcomes

Discusses what you need in an evaluation plan including;

  • A process evaluation
  • Developing benchmarks
  • An outcomes evaluation

Evaluation Plan

Future support discusses what funders expect when it comes to sustaining your program after the funding they have provided runs out. Topics include;

  • How to give the funder confidence in your program
  • "Fund Hopping"

Future Support

This lecture discusses how to use the budget not only to demonstrate costs, but to help develop your story beyond the numbers. The lecture includes;
  • How to create a line item budget.
  • How to write a budget narrative.
  • How to estimate an indirect cost rate.

The summary is the last section you will write. The lecture discusses;

  • Tips for writing the summary.
  • Finalizing your proposal.

Writing the Summary
Searching for Funds
4 Lectures 31:47
Discusses how to conduct research on foundations including;
  • Using a research database.
  • How to review a 990-PF.
Private Funders

This lecture covers using the Internet to find funding including;

  • The federal government search engine,
  • A local agency website.

Government Funds

Learn about funding organizations using social media to get their message out including;
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
Social Media

This lecture discusses how to set up alerts on and how to set up both alerts and conduct research using Google alerts.
Using Alerts
Course Wrap Up
3 Lectures 00:00
Now that you are done with the course, how do you get started writing your first grant? This lecture discusses how to write a letter of intent.
Getting Started - Letters of Intent
2 pages

Being rejected is a normal part of being a grant writer. This lecture provides five tips for learning from rejection.

Learning From Rejection
1 page

1 page

Twenty multiple choice questions.

Course Review
20 questions
About the Instructor
Richard Feenstra
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Richard Feenstra is an educational psychologist with a focus on problem solving and productivity. His work experience includes military service, law enforcement, fire prevention and workplace safety. Richard is also a recognized expert witness regarding issues of safety and security. Richard holds an M.S. in workforce development and a Ph.D. in learning and technology.