USC Grant Writing Certificate Program

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Intermediate Grant Writing

Advance your Grant Proposal

USC’s Intermediate Grant Writing course methodically explores the necessary components of a successful grant proposal; such as the problem statement, project design, goals and objectives, organizational capacity, community partners, outcomes and evaluation.

This course puts an emphasis on idea development, identification of the appropriate granting agency, how to write for reviewers, and strategies of proven value in presenting an applicant’s case to reviewers. Discussion topics include operational and capital campaign strategies, overview of planned giving structures, review of available funding sources and the preparation of a grant proposal.

The Intermediate Grant Writing course format features both lecture sessions and group activities. Participants will attend several group sessions enabling them to network with others who have similar interests and needs. Class will assemble to identify potential grant-writing partners and grant reviewers from their state and local area. Course participants will discuss relevant grant issues and strategies with other professionals from similar disciplines (such as education, mental health, social service, health care, law enforcement, etc.).

During the second session of the workshop, students will have the opportunity to write a problem statement, compile goals and objectives based on “GIBS” (Goals, Indicators, Benchmarks, and Strategies) and review an actual proposal. Upon completion of the course, participants will understand the importance of outcomes and evaluation, and know when it is necessary to hire an outside evaluator.

Prerequisite: Introduction to Grant Writing or Grant Writing experience

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the grant writing process
  • Recognize the problem statement, project design, goals and objectives, organizational capacity, community partners and outcomes and evaluation
  • Prepare professional, competitive, compelling and successful grant proposals
  • Be proficient in the proposal format used by the vast majority of public foundations, state and federal agencies
  • Formulate collaborative partnership agreements
  • Identify the benefits of forming a grant writing team
  • Apply research skills to find current, relevant problem statement language
  • Understand evaluation and outcomes by use of logic models and evidenced based statistics
  • Comprehend complex federal and state budget terminology


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