Who should attend
Grant writers seeking skill enhancement, non-profit employees and volunteers and people seeking marketable skills in the NPO environment. Our program is primarily geared towards those seeking funds for nonprofit organizations. However, artists and scholars seeking personal support for projects will also benefit from this class. Note: This class requires and assumes a core competency in expository writing and focuses on extending these skills into the specialized technical writing involved in fundraising. Students without fundamental writing skills, or those for whom English is a second language, may feel challenged at times.
About the course
DePaul's Certificate in Grant Writing teaches you the art and science of writing successful grant proposals.
Topics covered in the 10-week program include understanding philanthropy, researching prospects, crafting persuasive case statements, outlining and writing full proposals, evaluation, budgets and donor cultivation/stewardship. By the end of the class, students should be prepared to effectively tackle a wide range of grant writing challenges.
In this class, you'll learn how to:
- Understand philanthropy and nonprofit culture
- Determine whether a project is fundable
- Use online resources to identify funding prospects
- Evaluate and draft case statements and two Letters of Intent (LOI)
- Develop your critical skills via peer-review and individual conference
- Draft and revise a complete grant proposal
Week 1 Understanding the market: philanthropy overview Week 2 Finding the fit: researching prospects Week 3 Refining your ask: persuasion 101and introduction to LOI's Week 4 Ducks in a row: preparing for a grant-writing campaign Week 5 Breaking down the proposal I (outline, background and need) Week 6 Breaking down the proposal II (project description and evaluation) Week 7 Breaking down the proposal III (capacity and sustainability, budgets and cover letters) Week 8 Teacher/student conferences and problem-solving Week 9 Revision, putting the package together, writing style Week 10 Grant stewardship, ethical issues and career opportunities
Are there any required books?
Yes, the program requires 2-3 books costing approximately $30/book. Books are not included in the course fee. The instructor will email a current booklist to all registered students prior to the course start date. All other course materials are included in the tuition fee and will be distributed in class and/or electronically.
Are any writing requirements needed for this course?
While no specific background in writing is required, this class assumes a basic competency in business writing. Students without fundamental writing skills, or for those who English is a second language and do not have formal writing training, may feel challenged at times.
Are courses taught in class or online?
All courses are taught in class on DePaul’s Loop campus. There are no online courses.
How long is the program?
The program runs for 10 weeks and meets once/week on Saturday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. See “Course Availability” below for program dates.
Alice George founded her freelance consulting practice in 1990, after working on staff at several non-profits, including the position of Assistant Director of Development at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since then, she has served more than 30 clients, specializing in fund raising a...
Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
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