Certificate in Grant Writing

Program Details

Duration: 8 Sessions

Times: 5-6pm

Cost: $1,099

Location: Online

Next Start Date:

January 24, 2024

According to Grants.gov, there are over 1,000 federal grants available to government, small businesses and nonprofit organizations. By earning this certificate, you are well-equipped to apply for these grant opportunities.

About This Program

The course is a blended format of online and on-demand materials, combined with a series of eight live video conference meetings with a learning cohort for problem- and case-based discussions. Course topics include organizational readiness, grant strategy, developing budgets, building relationships with grant makers, ethics and reporting.

By the end, you'll have written an exemplary grant proposal with feedback and encouragement from your instructor and peers.

Upon assessment of the final course project, you’ll receive a Certificate in Grant Writing from Western Washington University and 2.4 continuing education units.

Who Should Attend

This course is for individuals whose current role requires writing grants, those who will need to write grants in the future, and those with a general interest in grant writing.

Career Outlook

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics cites job growth in the field of writing at 9% between 2020 and 2030, with just over 15,000 grant writing jobs available each year – and that’s just formal jobs offered by organizations. There are tens of thousands of gig grant writing opportunities on freelance platforms.

What You'll Learn

  • Organizational Readiness
  • Prospect Research
  • Grants Management
  • Grant Strategy
  • Proposal Writing
  • Project Budgets

Gain an understanding of a nonprofit's lifecycle and how it relates to capacity for grant-seeking. 

Learn strategies and resources for researching grant funding sources. Interpret guidelines, limitations and requirements to assess grant maker intent. 

Explore methods of maintaining, tracking and updating information on potential funders

Learn to create presentations of grant-narrative elements and ideas in a logical, persuasive, straightforward way. 

Discern effective practices for developing realistic, accurate line-item and narrative budgets and expressing the relationships between line items and project activities in the budget narrative and more.

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Meet Your Instructor

Allison Shirk is a Grant Professionals Association (GPA) Approved Trainer and an adjunct professor. She is the founder of Spark the Fire Grantwriting Classes and has over 25 years of experience in grant writing and nonprofit management. She is a grant reviewer for several grantmakers and consults for 501 Commons, Grant Professionals Association, Idaho Nonprofit Center, Montana Nonprofit Association, Nonprofit Association of Oregon and Washington Nonprofits. She loves working with nonprofit and government professionals who are passionate about making a positive impact in our community. Shirk has an M.Ed. in Adult Education and a background in social services.