Course DescriptionGrants are a great way to fund school projects. The process of obtaining a grant may seem daunting at first, but many educators have successfully obtained money for their school by writing grant proposals. This course takes you step-by-step through the process of developing and writing a grant proposal. Learn tips and techniques from successful grant writers to improve your chances of receiving the funds your school needs.
Lesson 1: Introduction to Grants
Develop an understanding of the grant writing process. Explore different types of grants and their sources, and analyze several Requests for Proposal (RFP) to gain familiarity with the type of information required by companies and organizations that provide grants.
Lesson 2: Find a Grant
Research companies and organizations that provide educational grants. A key component of this lesson is accurately aligning your needs with an appropriate grant fund. By taking a close look at past grants awarded and carefully reading the RFP, you will be able to determine if the purpose of the grant matches your need. This is critical and will improve your chances for the award. After researching available grants, you will select one and obtain the RFP.
Lesson 3: Developing a Winning Proposal
Explore best practices and tips for developing a well-written proposal. Learn what makes a great proposal and what makes a not-so-great proposal. Look at proposal outlines and templates to get started, then take a close look at your RFP and develop an outline for your proposal.
Lesson 4: Write the Needs Statement
Craft an explanation of your situation and why you need a grant. The key is to create a message that will convince the reviewer that you have a viable need and how the grant will benefit your students and school. Study examples of needs statements to gain an understanding of how to grab your reviewer’s attention.
Lesson 5: Write the Goals, Objectives and Evaluation Plan
Your goals and objectives indicate the specific outcomes expected from the grant project and drive all other components of the proposal. Study examples of well-written goals and objectives, then write the goals and objectives for your grant project. Develop criteria for each objective that will measure how well the objective was met, and decide what methods of measurement will be used.
Lesson 6: Write the Implementation Plan
The implementation plan describes what will be done to meet the goals and objectives of the project. Describe how your project will be implemented. What activities, lessons and methods will be employed to meet the project objectives? When will these activities occur, and who will participate? Who will be responsible for managing the project? This is the meat of the proposal, and it demonstrates that you have a solid plan for meeting your goals.
Lesson 7: Develop the Budget
The budget outlines exactly how the grant money will be used. Analyze examples to see what types of expenditures are normally incurred in school projects. Then develop your own budget that includes accurate cost estimates for every expected expenditure. This may be the most tedious part of the process for your team, but it is a vital component of the proposal.
Lesson 8: Review and Submit
A final review is necessary to make sure you have followed the guidelines in the RFP and have included all required elements. It’s also a chance to check for grammatical errors and make suggested revisions. It is recommended that someone outside of the grant proposal process conduct the review for objectivity. Explore tips and techniques to enhance your proposal, conduct a final review, revise and edit your proposal, and produce a final copy for submission. Good luck!
Upon completion, participants will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the grant writing process.
- Evaluate and locate funding sources that match the needs of the grant project.
- Discern the guidelines provided in the RFP.
- Define and describe the needs, goals and objectives of the grant project.
- Develop an implementation plan.
- Develop an evaluation plan.
- Develop a detailed budget that identifies specific expenditures for the grant project.
- Write a grant proposal.
Participants will have 180 days to complete this self-paced online course.
Internet Connectivity Requirements:
- Cable/DSL internet connection recommended for best experience
- CPU: 1 GHz or higher
- RAM: 2 GB or higher
- Resolution: 1280x720 or higher
- Microphone (webinar/live online sessions)
Operating System Requirements:
- Microsoft Windows 7 or 10 (Home, Pro)
- Mac OSX 10 or higher
- Latest Chrome OS
- Latest Linux distributions
- NOTE: While we understand that our courses can be viewed on Android and iPhone devices, we do not recommend the use of these devices for our courses.
Web Browser Requirements:
- Latest Google Chrome recommended for best experience
- Latest Mozilla Firefox
- Latest Microsoft Edge
- Latest Apple Safari
Basic Software Requirements:
- Office suite software (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice or LibreOffice)
- PDF reader program (Adobe Reader or FoxIt)
- Courses may require other software (denoted in course outline above)