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.

Participants who successfully complete the Grant Development: State and Foundation Proposals certificate will receive a discount of 25% towards the next immediate Advanced Grant course.


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.


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 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 focuses on the federal proposal writing process.

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

Participants can cancel their registration up to one week (seven business days) prior to class start date with a $50 fee.  

No cancelation will be processed within 7 business days of the course start date.  No cancelation will be processed after the first day of the course start date or after the participant has accessed course material.  

$50 - seven business days prior to class start date. 

 

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.

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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