Grant Writing and Management

Grant Writing and Management

Track Overview

Many nonprofits and libraries are interested in attracting grant funding to help support their work. But navigating the grant world can seem mysterious and overwhelming. Without the money to hire experts, how can your organization understand the grantseeking process and prepare to succeed?

This track consists of five comprehensive courses that will help set you up for success in your grant seeking process. Explore the learning objectives to see what each course provides.

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Grant Writing and Management 102 - Assessing Your Organization's Grant Readiness
Grant Writing and Management 102 - Assessing Your Organization's Grant Readiness
Grant Writing and Management 201 - Developing Your Grant Proposal Narrative (Main Text)
Grant Writing and Management 201 - Developing Your Grant Proposal Narrative (Main Text)
Grant Writing and Management 202 - Developing Your Grant Proposal Budget and Administrative Pieces
Grant Writing and Management 202 - Developing Your Grant Proposal Budget and Administrative Pieces
Grant Writing and Management 203 - Targeting Your Proposal Package to the Right Prospective Funders
Grant Writing and Management 203 - Targeting Your Proposal Package to the Right Prospective Funders

Grant Writing and Management 101 - What Grant Writing & Management Is All About

In this introductory course, you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the grant world and explore the typical grant road map. After completing this course, you’ll walk away with knowledge about what to expect from the grant writing and management process.

Course Modules:

  • Module 1. Basics of Grant Writing & Management
  • Module 2. The Grant Roadmap
  • Module 3. Wrap up and Certificate

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Define grants, grantmakers, and grant limitations
  • Identify and define the roadmap of grants, including pre-and post-funding steps

Grant Writing and Management 102 - Assessing Your Organization's Grant Readiness

Does your organization have the information and talent you need to successfully apply for and manage grants? In this course we’ll share the essential ingredients that organizations need to have in place to maximize grantseeking success. We will also discover the common challenges and barriers you may face as you prepare for this journey -- and how to handle them.

Course Modules:

  • Module 1. Eight Information Essentials for Successful Grant Writing
  • Module 2. Organizational Capacity/Talent
  • Module 3. Wrap up and Certificate

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Determine your organization’s information readiness for grant writing
  • Management by identifying and evaluating 8 things you need before seeking grants
  • Assess your grant team’s capacity for different types of grant writing and management

Grant Writing and Management 201 - Developing Your Grant Proposal Narrative (Main Text)

Once you are organizationally ready to seek a grant, how do you begin? In this course you will learn about who will be reading your proposal and what they are looking for. Keeping that in mind, we will develop the 5 basic building blocks you’ll need, and then use them to build out your grant proposal’s main text (a.k.a. “narrative”).

Course Modules:

  • Module 1. Focus on Funders and Their Interests
  • Module 2. Elements You Need to Plan a Grant Proposal Narrative
  • Module 3. How to Turn Plans into a Proposal Narrative 
  • Module 4. Wrap up and Certificate

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe what funders are really looking for in your grant proposal
  • Develop the 5 elements your need to plan the text of a grant proposal 
  • Turn those plans into the main text of a proposal (the “narrative”)

Grant Writing and Management 202 - Developing Your Grant Proposal Budget and Administrative Pieces

Now that you have a working draft of your grant proposal’s narrative, you are ready to develop the second main component of your proposal package: the budget. This piece will work in tandem with your narrative. Then, it will be time to do a thorough mock review of your 2-part proposal to make sure it says exactly what you want it to say. At that point, you will need just one more important part to complete the package: the administrative pieces that tie it all together. We will examine these 3 crucial phases in this course.

Course. Modules:

  • Module 1. Crafting Your Proposal Budget
  • Module 2. Mock Review
  • Module 3. Administrative Pieces to Complete the Package 
  • Module 4. Wrap up and Certificate

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use the proposal narrative to craft a strong budget
  • Review your narrative and budget from a funder’s point of view
  • Describe and collect the critical administrative components of a complete grant proposal package

Grant Writing and Management 203 - Targeting Your Proposal Package to the Right Prospective Funders

Preparing to submit your grant proposal package requires one final piece to master: making sure it’s targeted to the right funder! That requires doing solid funder research, building positive funder relationships, and using what you’ve learned to ensure that your application commands a competitive position. In this course, you will learn to do all of this behind-the-scenes work.

You will go through the following modules in this course:

  • Module 1. Online Prospective Funder Research
  • Module 2: Establishing Relationships with Funders of Interest
  • Module 3: Tweaking Your Proposal Package 
  • Module 4: Continuing the Relationship Between Grant Proposals
  • Module 5. Wrap-Up and Certificate

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Conduct research on likely prospective funders
  • Establish relationships with funders of interest
  • Tweak the proposal package to specific funders
  • Continue funder relationships between grant proposals

About Course Levels:

100  Level:

100-level on-demand courses offer self-paced content for the beginner. This can include videos, interactive presentations, self-assessments, activities, checklists, links to external resources, handouts, live events and quizzes. All course content is available for at least one year, or until the course content is no longer relevant. 

You can gain TechPoints by accessing and interacting with course content such as watching a video, completing an evaluation and clicking on links. These courses requires you to earn 20 TechPoints to access your course certification.

200 Level:

200-level on-demand courses offer self-paced content for advanced learners. This can include videos, interactive presentations, self-assessments, activities, checklists, links to external resources, handouts, live events and quizzes. All course content is available for at least one year, or until the course content is no longer relevant.

You can gain TechPoints by accessing and interacting with course content such as watching a video, completing an evaluation and clicking on links. These courses requires 40 TechPoints to access your course certification.

Next Session

Grant Writing and Management 101 - What Grant Writing & Management Is All About

Grant Writing and Management 102 - Assessing Your Organization's Grant Readiness

Grant Writing and Management 201 - Developing Your Grant Proposal Narrative (Main Text)

Grant Writing and Management 202 - Developing Your Grant Proposal Budget and Administrative Pieces

Grant Writing and Management 203 - Targeting Your Proposal Package to the Right Prospective Funders

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