Dr. Linda Sapp-Cox is a Native American whose diverse background in social work and the nonprofit sector spans 50+ years as a volunteer, consultant,
board member, program designer, grant writer and paid staffer. She has expertise in compiling, researching and writing grants of all shapes and sizes.
She has developed more than 80 nonprofit entities with financial planning and
grant support for a variety of programs since 1953, and she is founder of the Nonprofit Business Development Training Center in Nevada.
Grant writing is not the same as writing a newspaper article, a book or a how-to guide.
Like traditional journalists, grant writers must answer the "Five W's" of traditional journalism
Who, What, When, Where and Why but they also need knowledge of the process. The
first step is knowing where to look for grants, which proposals are likely to get funded, and
how to write a grant proposal that will generate enthusiasm and demonstrate a need for the
program or service being proposed. The rewards can be high paying jobs for writers are
few and far between, but good grant writers are always in high demand.
This short but in-depth course walks aspiring and novice grant writers through the steps of
writing a grant proposal from start to finish. Students will learn how to research funding
sources, how to understand the grant application, how to write a winning proposal, and the nine
basic elements that must be included in all grant proposals including the Cover Letter,
Introduction, Needs Assessment, Objectives, Procedures, Evaluation, Future Plans and Budget.
A wide selection of funding sources will be examined in the course including personal grants,
city, county and state grants, regional grants, global grants, the 26 major federal grant
funding agencies, and community grants offered by foundations and corporate donors. Learners
will also gain a working knowledge of dozens of common terms used by grant writers and funders
in the nonprofit world.
The course will also give students valuable background information on how nonprofit
organizations work, how to create a new nonprofit corporation, the forms that need to be filed
to apply for federal tax-exemption, details about tax-deductibility of donations, and a
breakdown of the differences between various types of charities and foundations.
"Grant Writing 101" will give a head start to writers looking to develop their skills in the
highly rewarding field of grant writing. Employees at nonprofit organizations wanting to learn
more about funding opportunities from the public sector, private foundations and corporate
donors will also benefit from this course.
When you have completed this course, you should be able to:
Learn to read and understand the grant application
Determine if a grant should be applied for
Know the "Five Most Important Words" to remember while writing a grant
Be familiar with potential income sources for a nonprofit organization
Realize that grant writing is a form of fund raising
Gain valuable insights into how to develop a donor profile
Research for prospects on a shoestring budget
Be aware of the "Ten Things All Grant Writers Should Know"
Use the Five W's Who, What, When Where and Why to write a convincing proposal
Create a detailed Needs Assessment
Prepare the grant application
Appreciate the importance of collecting statistical data
Familiarize yourself with terminology commonly used in the nonprofit world
Understand budget fundamentals and how to present the numbers in your grant proposal
Prepare a sample budget outline
Know the nine important elements that must be spelled out in any generic grant application
Locate and research funding opportunities using print and online resources
Write a convincing Cover Letter to "pitch" your proposal
Delve into grant opportunities from Federal agencies
Know the various types of grants available from community, government and corporate funders
Learn the "10-Point Plan for Grant Funding Proposals"
Gain insights into how nonprofit organizations can be created and how they operate
Achieve success, even though your organization is small and has limited resources