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Introduction to Grant Writing


In this course, participants will learn both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to the proposal-writing process. Emphasis is given to idea development, identification of the appropriate granting agency, how to write for reviewers, and tips and strategies of proven value in presenting an applicant’s case to reviewers. Topics will include the components of a grant proposal, ethical principles in grant writing, forming community partnerships, finding funding opportunities and demonstrating sustainability.

This comprehensive hands-on course will cover everything from grant terminology to developing a sound proposal. Class participants will receive the essentials to grant seeking and grant writing strategies and skills required to submit foundation, state and federal grant applications for funding. During the afternoon session of the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to write a letter of intent, compile a simple budget and have it reviewed by their peers.


Upcoming Sessions

 Course: PE16-2093: Introduction to Grant Writing
 Dates: Monday: 07/11/16 -
 Times: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
 Fee: $295.00
 Session(s): 1
 Notes: The course location and directions will be emailed approximately one week before the course begins.

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After this course, you will be able to:

  • Know the basics on how to research for and find available grants as well as how to begin the grant process.
  • Understand the fundamental elements of a grant proposal such as the objectives, problems addressed, methodology, evaluation and assessments, budget and cover letter, as well as the members involved.
  • Develop the skills needed to prepare professional, competitive, compelling, and successful grant proposals.
  • Become proficient in the proposal format used by the vast majority of public foundations, state, and federal agencies.
  • Discuss the advantages of including community partnerships.
  • Discuss the benefits of forming a grant writing team.
  • Understand how to write a letter of intent to corporate foundations.

Course Outline:

  • Introduction
  • Ice Breaker Activity
  • Topics
    • Myths about Grants Assessment
    • Grant Terminology 101
    • Who are your funders?
    • Understanding the Basic Components of a Full Proposal
    • How to Condense your Proposal to Respond to Corporate Foundations
    • The importance of collaborative partnerships
    • Sustainability, When does it Begin?
    • Basics to a Successful Budget

About the Instructor:      Dr. Vanessa Nelson-Reed

Dr. Vanessa Nelson-Reed is the Director of the Education Support Services Unit at J.A. White & Associates, Inc. in Columbia, South Carolina.  She possesses over 15 years of experience in grants management, peer reviewing for grants, and request for proposals (RFP) development. 

She has a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Capella University, a Masters in Education in College Student Development from Virginia Tech, and a Bachelors in Journalism from the University of South Carolina.  She brings her practical experience, hands on experience to the Grant Writing courses.  She lives in Irmo with her husband Larry and their two children.


If you would prefer to register by phone, please contact us at (803) 777-9444.


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