Essential Grant Skills

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Learn Core Grant Skills in Only 2 days!

Focus on the areas that are most crucial, challenging—and rewarding! Plus, get a thorough overview of the entire grant proposal development process. 

New To Grant Proposal Writing? 

This training gives you a comprehensive, concentrated introduction to the field, sets you on the right track, and helps you steer clear of the most common grant proposal pitfalls.

Experienced and Looking for a Professional Grant Development Tune-Up? 

This training refreshes and updates your skills while sharpening your competitive edge.


In this two-day training, learn how to create a successful proposal:

  • Write a data-based description of the problem your nonprofit cares about

  • Define specific, measurable outcomes and demonstrate that your organization can deliver them

  • Build a basic, doable evaluation plan (and know when to call in an expert)

  • Outline a bulletproof budget

  • Plan ahead for future funding to sustain your program

  • Understand the grant proposal review process

  • Identify which tools help you find grantmakers that are right for you.


I've never attended a training as worthwhile as your Essential Grant Skills workshop. I have 40 years experience in this field with 20 years as a trainer myself!
Judith Leith, Trainer
Delaware Department of Agriculture
Dover, DE


Why This Training Makes Grant Proposal Writing Come Alive

Essential Grant Skills training uses The Grantsmanship Center’s Listen & Discuss, Do & Review® curriculum — the most effective approach for adult learners. Our training uses hands-on exercises so that you retain what you learn. 

You leave the training with a workbook of proposal components for your own organization, a network of colleagues to contact, and six months of follow-up support as an Associate Member in our Membership Program.


You’re Not Alone When Class Is Over

As a graduate of Essential Grant Skills you receive our Associate Alumni Membership for six months. This helps you:

  • Find funders through GrantDomain, our database of foundation, corporate, and federal grantmakers

  • Upgrade your own skills with tuition discounts on other training programs, publications, and consulting services

  • Find the answers you need. Ask The Center!  



Tuition for the 2-day Essential Grant Skills is $545. Save $100 with early bird discount when you pay at least six weeks before the start date. If you miss the early bird discount you can receive a $50 tuition discount for additional registrants from the same organization. Please note: only one discount per person; select the best discount!

Choose the training venue that's right for you and register online or call The Grantsmanship Center’s Registrar at  (800) 421-9512 or (213) 482-9860.



  • We email confirmation with directions and parking info after receipt of your payment

  • The training begins each day at 8:30 am and ends by 5:30 pm on both days



Train your staff at no cost and help nonprofits in your community build capacity by hosting this training.

Learn more: or, call (800) 421-9512 or (213) 482-9860, or visit the Partner With Us page.