If you are seeking to learn the essentials in writing or acquiring grants for private, public, or government use, this course is perfect for you. Anyone thinking of starting a business that utilizes grants will want to learn the essentials of writing, researching, obtaining and maintaining operations and strategies within the grant system. You will learn how to develop successful and fundable grants by focusing on the skills needed to prepare professional, competitive, compelling, and successful grant proposals. An experienced grant writer will show you how to research and write winning proposals that get funded. The Grant Writing Certificate consists of 10 modules geared to provide the essential information in a timely manner designed to fit busy, work, and family schedules.
By completing the Grant Writing course, students will:
• Know the basics on how to research for and find available grants as well as how to begin the grant process.
• Understand the fundamental elements of a grant proposal such as the objectives, problems addressed, methodology, evaluation and assessments, budget and cover letter, as well as the members involved.
• Develop the skills needed to prepare professional, competitive, compelling, and successful grant proposals.
• Become proficient in the proposal format used by the vast majority of public foundations.
• Identify grant writing terms, potential sources of grants, and grant information.
• Know the roles and responsibilities of a non-profit board of directors and the management team.
• Use technical writing as a type of conversation as well as an interactive process that involves writers and readers who respond to one another.
• Learn how to create documents that use explanation, description, and intentional direction in order to persuade or direct your readers.
• Understand basic communication needs of students pursuing careers in a highly competitive world of Science, Education, Grant Writing, as well as various other high communication based careers.
• Become knowledgeable on the fundamentals of legal writing, including analytical reasoning and analysis as well as the importance of using legal authorities to support conclusions.
• Learn how to word, edit, proofread, and format basic documents for daily use within an office environment.
• Know how to form, maintain, and dissolve various business entities. Students will have a chance to prepare various documents related to entity formation and maintenance.
• Examine the essential aspects of fundraising and how to maximize fundraising opportunities.
Students should have basic keyboarding and computer skills, and be comfortable navigating the internet. They must also have an understanding of a word-processing computer program (Microsoft Word recommended), and have emailing capabilities.
This program is intended for anyone interested in developing their grant writing skills.
This course must be taken from a PC. There are no specific computer requirements other than an Internet connection (Broadband Internet connection is highly recommended). In addition you will need to have Internet Explorer, Adobe Reader, Flash Plug-in and a QuickTime plug-in on your computer (all available through free downloads).
GES will provide the following required textbooks:
◦The Handbook of Technical Writing, 9th ed.
◦Handbook for Writing Proposals
◦Practical Grant Writing and Program Evaluation
◦The Jossey-Bass Handbook for Nonprofit Leadership and Management
◦Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits: Real-World Strategies That Work
◦Demystifying Grant Seeking: What You Really Need to Do to Get Grants
◦Budgeting for Managers The Research Funding Guidebook: Getting It, Managing It, and Renewing It by Dr. Joanne B. Ries, Carl Leukefeld