Start Date and Duration

8 sessions, Wednesdays
5/11 - 6/29
6 - 7 p.m.


Each session is 1 hour

Location and Format



2.4 CEUs



Early Bird Rate
Regular Registration

Program Details

Certificate in Grant Writing is a comprehensive course in prospecting, writing and managing grants. Each student will complete a grant proposal with feedback and encouragement from the instructor and peers. Additional topics include organizational readiness, grant strategy, developing budgets, building relationships with grantmakers, ethics and reporting. The course is applicable to nonprofit, government, public safety departments and tribal entities.

Reinvent Your Career

Certificate in Grant Writing is an assessment-based professional certification. The certification is preferred for careers in the nonprofit and government sectors for fund development, program management and organizational leadership. Students awarded this certification are well-equipped for public service and consulting work.

The course is a blended format of online and on-demand materials, combined with a series of eight video conference meetings with a learning cohort for problem-based and case-based discussion. Students begin the first week on their own and meet at the beginning of week two.

You'll Learn

  • Organizational Readiness: Gain an understanding of a nonprofit's lifecycle and how it relates to capacity for grant-seeking. 
  • Prospect Research: Learn strategies and resources for researching grant funding sources. Interpret guidelines, limitations and requirements to assess grant maker intent. 
  • Grants Management: Explore methods of maintaining, tracking and updating information on potential funders, culminating in a grant calendar timeline and work plan. 
  • Grant Strategy: Explore structures, values and applications of logic models and theories of change related to project design. Examine proposal writing approaches, styles, tones and formats appropriate for various audiences.  
  • Proposal Writing: Learn to create presentations of grant-narrative elements and ideas in a logical, persuasive, straightforward way. 
  • Project Budgets: 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.


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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 more than 25 years of experience in grantwriting 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 from Eastern Washington University and a background in social services.

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