Grantsmanship Training Program - Overview

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The Gold Standard of Grants Training

There’s a place for brown-bag luncheons, half-day workshops, and two-day classes (we offer that last one). But if you want the comprehensive, in-depth experience that gives you a solid grasp on the world of grants, in only five action-packed days, you want the Grantsmanship Training Program.

What you learn so you excel at grant proposal writing

During this training, you learn how to:

  • Use our proven proposal model—a model so successful that many funders have adopted it for their application guidelines
  • Collaborate with others to create a strong grant application
  • Use a variety of research tools to pinpoint the funders most likely to support and partner with your organization
  • Review proposals the way funders do so you’ll understand what works and why
  • Demonstrate your organization's capacity and credibility
  • Develop a data driven description of the problem your program addresses
  • Propose outcomes that are measurable and that can be evaluated
  • Practice the art and ethics of grantsmanship
  • Learn more about what you'll do during this training.
I have taken many courses over the years, but your training was the best week I ever spent in a classroom.
Karen Porter, Associate Director
Insurance Institute of America
Malvern, PA

Why this training makes grant proposal writing comes alive

The Grantsmanship Training Program® pioneered the 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 copy of each proposal created and reviewed in class, a Workbook of proposal components for your own project, a network of colleagues to contact, and six months of follow-up support from the Center via our Membership Program.

Our alumni have a track record of proven success

The 150,000+ graduates of this training have gone on to win billions of grant dollars for vital programs. Many nonprofit leaders point to this training as a key to their success. An ongoing, independent evaluation funded by top foundations in Los Angeles County proves that the Grantsmanship Training Program® delivers a solid return on time and money invested.

Before the Grantsmanship Training Program®, I wrote proposals with my heart—results were disappointing. This training gave me the tools to also write with my head. I went from zero funds raised to grants totaling $2 million over the next four years.
Carma Love, Teacher
Youth Opportunities Unlimited Alternative High School
Los Angeles, CA

When class is over, you get even more grant proposal writing resources

As a graduate of the Grantsmanship Training Program,® you receive our Alumni Membership for six months. This includes:

  • A proposal review by one of our senior trainers
  • Access to GrantStation funder databases 
  •  Discounts on other training, publications, and consulting services
  • Trainer Q&A events - virtual, quarterly meetings, free and exclusively for our alumni


Tuition for the 5-day Grantsmanship Training Program® is $1,195. For training offered to the public, save $100 with the early bird discount when you pay at least 30 days before the start date. You'll also need to purchase the textbook, Grantsmanship: Program Planning & Proposal Writingwhich is $45 plus S&H.

Choose the training date that's best for you and register online or email The Grantsmanship Center’s Registrar at

Here’s a template for a letter you can customize to help your boss understand how this training will increase your skills, knowledge and benefit your organization.

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Bring this workshop to your community!

Train your staff and help nonprofits in your community build capacity by sponsoring this training. Sponsors can select virtual or in-person formats. We'd love to talk with you about how this works:

Gail Brauner at or Cathleen Kiritz at (800)421-9512 or (213)482-9860