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Writing grants for schools, local governments, and nonprofits is a great way to make an impact in your community and use your skills to make a real difference right where you live. Writing grants for your kid’s school, a local charity you support, or other organizations that need funding is a rewarding way to get involved in your community.

If you are looking to enter the world of grant writing or sharpen your knowledge, enrolling in our Professional Certificate in Grant Writing can help.

“The course provided a good foundation for grants, especially for someone with no prior experience in grant writing,” said student Staci Bias. “The assignments along with feedback gave me the confidence to pursue grants related to my industry.”

What is Grant Writing?

Grant writing aims to convince potential funders that you have an impactful idea worth fueling. It is the process of applying for financial support for a project or organization. 

The grant writing process involves: 

  • Researching suitable funders.
  • Understanding their priorities.
  • Persuasively presenting programs and capabilities. 

When done effectively, secured grants provide major financial resources to help execute transformative plans. 

Deep down, grant writers are storytellers. They weave different elements of a project or organization into one proposal that perfectly outlines how a grant could bring positive community change to life. A well-written grant proposal can make the difference between getting funding for your project and not receiving funds.

Earning Your Certificate

Whether you are a current or aspiring grant writer, you can hone your craft by earning a Professional Certificate in Grant Writing. Our program allows you to achieve your specific community-oriented goals because it particularly emphasizes grant writing for nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations. 

If you are interested in making a difference in your community through grant writing, know that our program 

  • Consists of two 25-hour courses. 
  • Can be completed in as little as 10 weeks. 
  • Collaborates with a variety of organizations.
  • Is taught by industry expert Jay Katz who has raised $190 million in grants and awards.

Know that you don’t have to be a professional grant writer to make an impact in your community. In our program, you can learn how to find grants, create compelling proposals for causes you care about, and unlock funding that drives meaningful community change. 

“Jay Katz created two thorough curriculums with so much useful information,” said student  Wendi Guerrero. “His assignments and course feedback gave me a greater degree of confidence in my abilities as a grant writer. I highly recommend his courses to anyone starting out in grant writing and even those with a greater degree of experience in the field.”

No matter what your skill set is, you can enroll in our asynchronous coursework to start learning how you can become a successful storyteller who drives change on your own time.

How Can I Make an Impact with Grant Writing?

The money that nonprofits and other organizations receive from grants allows them to fuel their missions. This means that grant writing can provide access to resources and opportunities that can make a difference in the world. 

Your job as a grant writer would be to use specific strategies to communicate and persuade an institution to provide financial support for your organization’s objective. If you successfully secure a grant, your organization now has the means to take positive action in your community thanks to your expertise. 

Think about if an organization has a park clean-up initiative, it could 

  • Create a positive environmental change. 
  • Attract more visitors to the public space. 
  • Garner new residents in the area. 

This is an example of the way that a grant you secure can spark constructive community growth.

When you practice grant writing, you can advocate on behalf of causes you care about, launch innovative solutions that address social and environmental problems, and make an ever-lasting local difference on your own time.