Class Overview

Certificate in Grantwriting Fundamentals | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education

The world of grants seeking is becoming more competitive. Gain the skills to become a successful grant writer either as the head of an organization, program manager or as a fund developer.

Learn a series of key skills related to project design, development and persuasive writing skills.

Topics will include:

  • Grant writing as an essential skill for organization leaders, program managers and fund developers;
  • Prospect research -- learning where to find grants and best approach to research
  • Project development – using the logic model to design your project
  • Formulating goals, outcomes and objectives
  • Preparing a project work plan and timeline
  • Budgeting your project
  • The evaluation component
  • Editing for persuasive communications
  • Packaging your document for either snail mail or e-mail
  • Building relationships with grantmakers and ethics

In order to achieve the certificate, you will need to complete a grant proposal within the eight weeks, following the course curriculum.

Your instructor, Allison Shirk, has more than twenty years’ experience writing grants.

She will guide you through this process step-by-step.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn to develop proposals that will help you win grants
  • Properly outline goals for grants
  • Get skills in how to present your proposal
  • Work on your specific project with expert guidance

Who Should Take this Class?

  • Nonprofit founders, program managers, or employees who are responsible for securing funding
  • Fund development consultants who are interested in honing their skills
  • Freelance writers interested in expanding their available services
  • Anyone interested in a career in nonprofits, fund development, or grantwriting

Student Testimonials

Thank you so much for this class!! It helped give me the confidence to go out and get my dream job and I feel so much more prepared for anything grant-related that comes my way! – Kara Hunter

I really enjoyed the class and learned a lot! -- Melanee Nelson

The instructor is very knowledgeable in this field and shared personal experience which was very helpful. -- Student

I enjoyed the opportunity to get more one on one interaction with the instructor to increase my understanding. -- Erin O'Brien

Great class. Very eye opening to fundamentals of grantwriting as well as in depth evaluating. -- Student

The lessons learned in class go far beyond grantwriting; I will apply them to all aspects of managing my non-profit. Thank you! -- Student

I walked away with all I expected and more! I'm inspired -- Student

Allison has a comprehensive and engaging approach to grantwriting that leaves the attendees motivated and inspired for their next grant. -- Student

Allison was able to answer each question with practical knowledge and great suggestions. -- Student

Allison is very knowledgeable and personable. She is a wonderful resource, especially for folks like me who are new to this work. Thank you, Allison! -- Student

Thank you for all of your advice and wisdom in grant writing! -- Josephine Carson

Having started with almost no knowledge about grants I now feel equipped to go out there and get funding. It worked! -- Charlie Wakenshaw

Instructor, Location & Fee

  • Instructor: Allison Shirk
  • Where: Online: Real-time and interactive through videoconferencing
  • Fee: $499