Getting Started in Grant Writing

New online course and workshops teach grant writing skills.
Getting Started in Grant Writing - News

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You’ve probably heard the adage “Grant writing is more an art than a science." At Penn State Extension, we believe it’s a combination of both. That’s why our training begins with finding funders who share your mission, building relationships and making good matches. We’ll show you how to research potential funders to understand their objectives: what they hope to achieve by funding your project. Thinking about the best fit can save you time, money and frustration. We also get down to the nitty-gritty of proposal writing from cover letter to supporting materials and everything in-between. Strong goals and objectives and a well-crafted evaluation strategy are just as important as the needs statement and budget. Just as importantly, we’ll help you conduct a reality check to make sure you’ve thought about everything you’ll need to conduct the project when your grant comes through.

This spring Extension is partnering with the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs to offer five full-day grant writing workshops across the state for local governments. The workshop curriculum and handouts are enhanced by small-group activities, mock grant reviews and other hands-on learning opportunities. We can offer the same workshop in your community – it’s popular with nonprofits, faith-based organizations, fire and rescue services and others seeking funding.

Another option is our online course Grant Writing: How to Find Funds and Write a Winning Proposal. This combination of videos, short readings and quizzes is designed to take at your convenience. Most videos are three minutes long – we call it ‘coffee-cup learning’. At $99 the course is a great value and is available for 12 months, so you can check back to review information as often as you like.

There’s nothing like real-life examples to reinforce learning. Both the workshop and the online course feature ‘grant pros’ – funders from state agencies, community foundation staff, professional grant writers and others who will share their experiences and advice.

For more information about workshops, contact Neal Fogle nef3@psu.edu.