Grant Development & Proposal Writing Certificates

The Grant Development and Proposal Writing certificates are for individuals who wish to write grant proposals for their organization. Increase your confidence to secure grant funding by learning how to develop a conceptual framework for seeking grant funding that aligns with perspectives and priorities unique to each funder.

2

certificate levels

12-15

hours per week

100%

online

CAE ApprovedAll of the courses in this certificate program can be applied to fulfilling the professional development requirements in earning or maintaining the Certified Association Executive credential. Learn more here.

New to grants? Start with this certificate.

Grant Development: State and Foundation Proposals

Securing funding for nonprofit organizations can be extremely competitive. Nonprofits depend on a successful proposal process to produce compelling proposals to achieve their missions. Whether you are a student or working professional, you will benefit from instruction by an experienced grant writer with real-world experience as he/she guides you through the step-by-step processes for a state and foundation proposal.

The overall strategic plan for writing grants will be addressed, including the needs statement, mission, goals, objectives, evaluation, key personnel, outcomes, and budgets. During this six-week certificate program, the instructor will use interactive exercises, lectures, and discussions to demonstrate how to research and write your specific project.  This is a fast-paced and intensive course.

Participants who complete the Grant Development: State and Foundation Proposals certificate will receive a discount of 25% towards the next immediate Advanced Grant course. Discount will be provided in the form of a code after the certificate ends.  


Ready for the next level?

Advanced Grant Development: Federal Proposals

The seven-week Advanced Grant Development: Federal Proposals Certificate is designed to provide the participant with the resources, expert-guided practice, and mentoring to be able to write a competitive federal grant proposal. In addition to working in small groups with an experienced grant writer, participants will also have the added bonus of receiving a personalized proposal review by the instructor prior to submission for a federal grant, as well as packaging a professional grant submission, grants management, and grants.gov.

Participants enrolling in this certificate must have advanced writing skills and previous experience in writing both state and foundation grant proposals. The following counts as acceptable experience: taking a previous college-level course or professional development course focusing on writing state and foundation grant proposals; having prior experience with a nonprofit organization writing grant proposals for state and foundation grants is also acceptable.  This is a fast-paced and intensive course.


Contact us by email or phone

For additional information, please contact Dr. Cynthia Thiede, Director of Professional Development Education, at (602) 496-1061 or Cynthia.Thiede@asu.edu.

Format

The certificates are offered in a convenient online course format. You should expect approximately 12-15 hours per week of coursework.

During both certificates, students will write their own grant proposal.  Each week of the course students will write and develop a portion of the proposal application they are working on.  This is a fast-paced and intensive course.  Students are required to keep up with weekly assignments BEFORE they can move on to the next section of the grant application.  Each section builds on to the next section. If students fall behind early on it is difficult for them to catch up.  This is a competency-based certificate, students must show competency in the courses key concepts in order to receive the certificate.

The Grant Development: State and Foundation Proposals certificate is a six-week course that takes you step-by-step through state and foundation proposals.  Participants who register for this certificate must begin the class with a pre-identified organization for which they will be writing a proposal.  This can be a nonprofit for which they work or a community need for which you want to write a proposal.  To be successful in the course, It is essential to be able to:

  • Retrieve detailed information from that nonprofit, such as the nonprofit’s mission, programming, budget or 990 forms.
  • Have personal knowledge from a previous volunteer or employment situation with a nonprofit or from online research to generate a budget based on the needs of the nonprofit, the project or the community.

The following textbook is required for this certificate program:

  • Smith, Nancy Burke & Works, E. Gabriel (2012). The Complete Book of Grant Writing: Learn To Write Grants Like A Professional. Sourcebooks, Inc. Naperville, IL. ISBN-13: 978-1-4022-67291

Participants who successfully complete this certificate will receive a discount of 25% towards the next immediate Advanced Grant course.  

The Advanced Grant Development: Federal Proposals certificate is a seven-week course that focuses on the federal proposal writing process.  This is a fast-paced and intensive course. 

The following two textbooks are required for this certificate program:

  • Smith, Nancy Burke & Works, E. Gabriel (2012). The Complete Book of Grant Writing: Learn To Write Grants Like A Professional. Sourcebooks, Inc. Naperville, IL. ISBN-13: 978-1-4022-67291
  • Kester, Cheryl L., Cassidy, Karen L. (2015). In The Trenches: Writing To Win Federal Grants. Charity Channel Press. Nashville, TN. Printed book: ISBN: 978-1-938077-61-6

Cost

$1,050 (Early Bird $999) for Grant Development: State and Foundation Proposals

$1,175 (Early Bird $1,050) for Advanced Grant Development: Federal Proposals

Fees

Type Deadline Amount
Late fee After registration has closed.  All online registrations close the Wednesday prior to the course start date at 4:00 pm.  Participants may request to register late with a fee.  Late registrations are not guaranteed.      $50 (non-refundable) 
Cancellation fee

20 business days from the course start date

10-19 business days from the course start date 

0-9 business days from the course start date

No cancelation will be processed after the first-day of class or after the participant has accessed course material.  

 $35

Refund of 50%

Not eligible for a refund. Course/certificate fee is forfeited.

Grant Development: State and Foundation Proposals

Topics in this certificate include: 

Foundations of Grant Development and Proposal Writing

This foundational course provides participants with the knowledge and skills needed to engage in the grant funding application process. Course topics emphasize the importance of community context, ethical considerations, establishing a factual case, and responding to requirements established by grantors. Additionally, participants explore various funding tools and resources used by grant seekers during the professional development process.

Grant Development: Proposal Exploration

This intermediate-level course builds upon basic knowledge presented in the first two weeks and focuses on strategies of presentation style, messaging, cohesiveness, and tone. Course topics emphasize writing from the perspective of the funder, use of a grant development team and developing an accurate mid-level budget. Participants will create an intermediate level proposal using a Common Grant Application. Participants can also expect to gain a greater understanding of how funders review, rate, rank and award proposals.

Grant Development: Proposal Application and Grant Management

This advanced course explores state-level and large foundation grant opportunities and challenges the participant to advance their level of research, project design, evaluation plan and reporting mechanisms. More advanced budget exercises further advance the skills and knowledge required to develop multi-year budgets and complex in-kind support. Participants can expect to research, evaluate and revise some larger grant proposals using the information provided in the course.

Advanced Grant Development: Federal Proposals

This topic is only offered with Advanced Grant Development.

This specialist course provides participants with the knowledge and skills needed to engage in the federal grant application process. Course topics include registration to become eligible applicants and federal vendors for services, review of federal expectations for applications, use of the grants.gov website to search for and apply for federal funds, factoring legislative intent, and the skills and strategies employed to be competitive in seeking and securing large federal awards. The use of actual federal applications as models for review and subsequent revision activities enable participants to gain an understanding of the complexities and factors that influence federal funding allocation decisions.

Participants signing up for this certificate must have advanced writing skills and previous experience in writing both state and foundation grant proposals. The following counts as acceptable experience: taking a previous college-level course or professional development course focusing on writing state and foundation grant proposals; having prior experience with a nonprofit organization writing grant proposals for state and foundation grants is also acceptable.

What are the benefits of completing the certificate?

Once you have completed your grant proposal, you will have an in-depth knowledge of every aspect of your organizations program in which you are trying to obtain funding. This application/proposal can act as a template for future grant opportunities and serve to help your organization become more prepared when seeking funding instead of reactive. You will learn how to manage grants, and increase your overall confidence to secure grant funding.

What’s the difference between the two proposal writing certificates?

The Grant Development: State and Foundation Proposals certificate focuses on the state proposal writing process and the Advanced Grant Development: Federal Proposals certificate focuses on the Federal proposal writing process.

Do I need to work at a nonprofit?

No. If you are not affiliated with any particular organization, you can write a grant for an organization for which you may volunteer or one in which you are a board member. You do not have to work for an organization. The grant for which you are writing is a very small grant to a small state or foundation for funding and you can be seeking dollars as a board member or volunteer for any particular organization. It is helpful to have an idea in mind but not necessary.

Do I need to have already identified a nonprofit or a community need to write a proposal for BEFORE THE CLASS STARTS?

Yes. Participants of this certificate are able to choose which type of organization or community need to write for. This means the participant must have already identified a nonprofit or a community need they want to write a proposal for BEFORE THE CLASS STARTS.

Things to consider when choosing a nonprofit to write a Grant Proposal for (this applies to those choosing to write a Grant for a community need):

  • Be able to retrieve detailed information from that nonprofit, such as the nonprofit’s budget or 990 forms.
  • Personal knowledge from a previous volunteer or employment situation with a nonprofit, you can generate a budget based on the needs and areas you perceived while working there.
What template does this course use?

This course uses the Arizona Common Grant Application as a template to write a grant proposal. During the courses, participants will write their own grant proposal according to the AZ Common Grant Application. Each week of the course participants will write a portion of the proposal application. Participants are required to grasp each portion of the proposal application in order to move on to the next portion of the grant and to receive the certificate.

Does the program have open enrollment?

No, it is not open enrollment. You cannot start and complete it at any time. It is facilitated by an instructor with assignments and due dates for classroom assignments.

What if the class fills up? Or I miss the registration deadline?

NMI caps the enrollment at 30. We do have a waitlist after that, if an opening becomes available you will be notified. NMI offers this certificate twice a year. If you miss the registration deadline, you may register for the next available date.

Do I need to enroll as an ASU Student?

No. You do not need to complete an application to enroll as a student for ASU. You can simply register for either certificate via registration links posted on the NMI website.

Are there required dates and times that I need to be online?

There are no set dates and times that you are expected to be online for the certificate. You can take the course at your own pace, however there are assignments with due dates each week and discussion questions that are due on certain days each week. The course is facilitated by an instructor; however, you are not expected to be online at any particular time. It is designed for working adults so if you want to go online in the middle of the night and do your assignments and discussion questions – that is fine with us!  

*Exception – All grants certificates have an optional orientation session the Thursday or Friday before class starts via Zoom meeting. This a set time and date that will be emailed to you once you register for the class. This is optional; however, attendance is highly encouraged. We will cover all Q & A content and more. Participants will be able to ask questions at the end. If participants are not able to attend, the Zoom meeting will be recorded and upload to the course on the first day.

How much time will be required each week?

Depending on your background, you should expect approximately 12-15 hours per week of coursework.

Where does this course take place?

The certificates will take place via the ASU Canvas Learning Management System.

How do I access my course?

Participants will receive a invitation to join the course a few days prior to the start date via Canvas Learning Management System.

This course is self-directed – what does that mean?
  • This is not a lecture class
  • Only you can master the material by actively participating. 
  • Plan ahead, observe deadlines, ask questions of others, provide answers to others. 
  • There is a faculty member who is facilitating the course and providing feedback throughout the entire process.
What to expect from each module? What are you covering each week?
  • Required content includes readings, videos, writing, discussion questions, assignments, and reflection.
  • Don’t fall behind!
  • Step-by-step process each week adds new sections onto your proposal and new knowledge to your understanding of grant seeking and proposal writing.
Are due dates firm?

Yes. All due dates are firm. There will be no opportunity for late submissions. In the grant world, all prior registrations, applications and required documents must be submitted on or before the due dates for the proposal to be considered for funding. Do NOT be late or carry anything over from week to week.

This is competency-based – what does that mean?

This is not an information-gathering course – you will be required to show competency in each portion of the grant proposal you are writing and ultimately write a complete grant proposal.

Each week you will write a different portion of the grant application that builds off the previous portion. It is critical that each of those portions is mastered before you move on to the next.  

The instructor will give you feedback on each portion and you are required to incorporate that feedback in order to move on to the next section of the grant. The grant proposal will not make sense if the first part of the grant is not mastered, and so on.

Are there textbooks required for this certificate?

Yes. 

Grant Development - State and Foundation Proposal Certificate: 

The following textbook is required for this certificate program:

  • Smith, Nancy Burke & Works, E. Gabriel (2012). The Complete Book of Grant Writing: Learn To Write Grants Like A Professional. Sourcebooks, Inc. Naperville, IL. ISBN-13: 978-1-4022-67291

Advanced Grant Development – Federal Proposal Certificate:

The following two textbooks are required for this certificate program:

  • Smith, Nancy Burke & Works, E. Gabriel (2012). The Complete Book of Grant Writing: Learn To Write Grants Like A Professional. Sourcebooks, Inc. Naperville, IL. ISBN-13: 978-1-4022-67291
  • Kester, Cheryl L., Cassidy, Karen L. (2015). In The Trenches: Writing To Win Federal Grants. Charity Channel Press. Nashville, TN. Printed book: ISBN: 978-1-938077-61-6
Can I utilize Career Services to find a job?

Once you take these courses, you will be able to utilize the services of the ASU Career Services to seek employment. The Nonprofit Management Institute (NMI) cannot guarantee that you will find a job, but if you pass these courses you will have the skills to write state and federal grants as these certificates are very rigorous and very comprehensive.

Is there a payment plan?

The Lodestar Center – NMI does not offer payment plans.

Can financial aid be accepted for payment?

NMI does not accept financial aid as payment.

Are there any discounts?

Yes! Participants who successfully complete Grant Development: State and Foundation Proposals will receive a discount of 25% towards the next immediate Advanced Grant Development: Federal Proposal Certificate. Discount will be provided in the form of a discount code after the first certificate is paid in full and completed.  

NMI always offers early birds discounts two weeks prior to the course start date!  Please register as early as possible to take advantage of those discounts!  

  • $1,050 (Early Bird $999) for Grant Development: State and Foundation Proposals
  • $1,175 (Early Bird $1,050) for Advanced Grant Development: Federal Proposals
Can I sign up for the Advanced class with the discount code before I finish the first class?

No. Discount codes are only provided once the participant has paid in full and completed (or are well on their way to completing) the first class. Code becomes available towards the end of the first class, by this time you will an understanding of your skills and abilities to confidently move on the Advanced class. This is a rigorous class and we must guarantee you are fully prepared before registration and before receiving discounts.

*Please note that all participants in the Grant Development: State and Foundation Proposals will have a reserved spot for them in the next upcoming Advanced class if they choose to move on.

Can I pay by Check?

Yes, chose the “check” option during the payment page. Payment Instructions are on every invoice.

Can I pay by Credit Card?

Yes, all major credit cards are accepted.

Can I have a refund after I start the class?

No, please fully read our cancelation policy before registering for this certificate. All participants must agree to the cancellation policy during registration.

Do the Grants certificates need to be completed in any specific order?

Yes. Participants must master the skills of state and foundation proposal writing before registering for the Advanced Grant Development – Federal Proposal Certificate.

*Exception: If the participant already has advanced writing skills they may register for the Advanced Grant Development: Federal Proposals certificate without completing the first certificate.  The following counts as acceptable experience: 

  • taking a previous college level course or professional development course focusing on writing state and foundation grant proposals
  • having prior experience with a nonprofit organization writing grant proposals for state and foundation grants is also acceptable
Does this course count as a college credit?

No. All NMI courses and certificates are considered professional development education. However, content and subject matter is comparable to an advanced college-level course.

Jennie Miller
Jennie Miller
Jennie Miller
NMI Instructor
Nonprofit Management Institute
Courses taught:
Grant Development
George Nunes
George Nunes
George Nunes
NMI Instructor
Nonprofit Management Institute
Courses taught:
CNP 106, Grant Development, NMI 106

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