Essential Grant Skills - Online

Grant Proposal Writing Training
Essential Grant Skills - Online

Sign up for the dates that work best for you. For times, please see chart at the bottom of page. Times are the same for every class.

All training is open to everyone—wherever you are—we welcome you!

May 30 - 31, 2024
Jul 18 - 19, 2024
Sep 12 - 13, 2024
Nov 14 - 15, 2024

Tight schedule? Even tighter budget? We've got just what you need!

Get the best return on your investment of time and money with this training. Boost your knowledge, hone new skills—in just two days of active learning! Live and now online, Essential Grant Skills couldn’t be more convenient. Enjoy learning from the comfort of your own location.

This fast-paced class combines presentation and discussion with practical, real-life exercises. You develop the core parts of a proposal for your own organization, ready to polish, so you can submit to a funder! Connect with colleagues while you’re guided by a caring trainer through the ins and outs of creating successful grant proposals.

This training is a distilled version of our acclaimed Grantsmanship Training Program, and is perfect for those new to grant proposal development and professionals looking for a refresher.

Maybe you don’t plan to write grant proposals but you need to know enough so you can effectively hire and supervise someone else to do the work. This is the class for you. Are you considering a career change and wonder if you’ll like this work or be good at it? This class will help guide your decision. Whether new to the field or you have some experience, this training will help you raise your game.


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 Dept of Agriculture, Dover, DE


Generations of social advocates attribute their success to our training. Testimonials from our alumni span more than 50 years and are backed up by reams of data from independent evaluations, We give you an experience that will guide you for the rest of your career. During this training, meet like-minded colleagues forming a powerful network for positive change.



An expert, senior trainer from the list below, will deliver your class. Our trainers are committed to your learning and success. They bring high energy, decades of experience, warmth and humor.

Christine BlackChristine K. Black, MLS, Senior Trainer, has won grants in major federal and foundation competitions, served as proposal reviewer for the U.S. Dept. of Ed., and taught grant proposal writing classes across the U.S. and internationally. As Assistant Director for Research Development at the University of Michigan Medical School, Chris supported faculty proposal development, including training, writing, editing, and reviewing. She developed the nationally recognized, often emulated R01 Boot Camp, a mentoring academy for young faculty.

Linda J. BoedekerLinda J. Boedeker, Senior Trainer, has worked with nonprofit organizations as executive director, trainer, development professional, and foundation officer. Linda managed the provision of services to persons affected by HIV and AIDS in 26 counties and has assisted nonprofits with fundraising, strategic planning, board development, and volunteer development. As an independent consultant, Linda has filled the role of chief executive officer during organization transitions for nonprofits in the arts, social service, and health.

Angela RichardsonAngela Richardson, Senior Trainer, brings expertise in program development, fund development, strategic planning, and organizational coaching. She has trained other trainers and trained staff for nonprofit organizations, school districts, governments, faith-based organizations, and colleges and universities. Angela has also reviewed proposals for the U.S. Department of Education and local arts commissions in Los Angeles and Rhode Island.

AJ KingAJ King, Senior Trainer, brings decades of experience in public health plus 16 years of grant experience. AJ’s work includes proposal writing for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of State, California Department of Public Health, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and numerous foundations; facilitating grant development processes; grant oversight; grant reviews; and program management. AJ also has facilitated processes for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



In this two-day training, learn how to create a successful grant 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.


  • is an immersive experience delivered live over 2 days
  • is highly interactive with four, on-line learning events
  • offers one-on-one consultation with the trainer
  • includes e-notebook richly filled with resources
  • includes individual and group exercises with coaching by the trainer


Tuition is $545 for two, full, energetic days! Save $50 and pay only $495 with the Early-Bird discount when you pay at least 30 days in advance! Your tuition includes a robust e-notebook with class PowerPoints and lots of resources—everything you need except the textbook, Grantsmanship: Program Planning & Proposal Writing, which can be purchased with your training, or separately, for $45 plus S&H.

Tuition for this 2-day, power-packed training includes

  • Sample grant proposals for reference
  • An e-notebook of resources
  • PDF PowerPoints used in class
  • Certificate of Completion for all who fully participate
  • Six months of Alumni Membership benefits which include:
    • A proposal review by one of the Center’s senior trainers
    • Access to GrantStation for researching funders
    • Discounts for more grant training, consulting, & publications

Is your nonprofit's budget under $750K? Apply for a partial scholarship.

Payment is processed through PayPal at no charge. PayPal account not required.


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All listed times are per Pacific Time Zone. Please adjust for your own location, if needed. Each event starts at scheduled time but end times may vary slightly depending on class needs.

This training is power-packed with dynamic information! The online Learning Events listed below are coordinated ;with individual & group exercises completed between the online sessions for two, full and productive days which provides approximately 12 total hours of active learning. To get the very most from this experience, please plan to devote time between the online sessions to complete the exercises and reading.  


  Morning online event Between online events Afternoon online event Between online events
Day 1 8-10am PT Exercises, reading & break Noon-2pm PT Exercises, reading & break
Day 2 8-10am PT Exercises, reading & break Noon-2pm PT  


Grantsmanship: Program Planning & Proposal Writing is $45.


Don't Settle for Something Labeled “Grant Writing” — Get Much More!

Winning grant awards is about thinking, not just putting words on a page. Learn the core concepts of program planning because that's the secret sauce for grant proposals that get funded.

Learn about powerful research tools and best practices to build partnerships with colleagues and grantmakers. Our trainers help you conquer fear of logic models by making them into understandable, useful tools. You also learn about clear, direct writing and and The Grantsmanship Center 8 step Model for writing successful proposals.

Our interactive approach is why you hear so many people say, "The Grantsmanship Center training set my career on the right track." It really works!