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
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Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.