Grant Writing for Nonprofits and Freelance Writers

Tim Whitney

Grant Writing for Nonprofits and Freelance Writers

Tim Whitney
A$25per person
A$25per person

This course is designed for nonprofits that want to not only get better at writing successful proposals, but also get better at the process of researching and applying for foundation and government grants. The course is also for grant writers or freelance writers who want to offer their clients a more comprehensive approach to grant writing.

When you’re done with the course, you’ll have assembled one of the most powerful tools a nonprofit can have – a proposal boilerplate.

The boilerplate contains about 75% of the language you’ll need as you’re drafting proposals. Working on the boilerplate outside the pressure of a proposal deadline will result in language that is better-written, as well as more thoughtful and strategic. It will also set you up to be uber-efficient as you’re writing proposals in the future.

Throughout this course we'll be using real examples and real language, and each lesson includes a transcript, so you can kickstart your own boilerplate.

You’ll also be given strategies and tips for finding foundation and government grants, including:

  • Identifying five relevant local foundations
  • Gathering information about grants at the local, state, and federal level for you to start pursuing

Finally, we’ll be walking through key strategies for completing solid applications, including:

  • Letters of intent
  • The budget
  • Meeting a funder’s expectations

Each video session includes two downloads: a PDF of the slides in handout format, and a Word document transcript.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Identify relevant government and private foundation funders
  • Draft solid and efficient proposal boilerplate language that can be used for years
  • Strategically align funder priorities, organizational mission, program design, program budgets
  • Use provided sample language as a guide in your own proposal writing

What is the target audience?

  • Nonprofits, particularly small and new nonprofits, or those struggling to develop funder relationships
  • Freelance writers looking to add grant writing to their skillset

What are the requirements?

  • Writing software and Adobe Acrobat Reader (to view PDFs)
  • The homework encourages students to focus on their nonprofit and its programs, so freelance writers should have a nonprofit / program in mind
  • Student should have working knowledge of their organization's goals, programs, and priorities