Grant Writing Practicum

Five Weeks. 10 One-Hour Sessions
Tuesdays and Thursdays
September 21-October 21, 2021 or
October 26 - November 30, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Eastern Time

A GrantNewswatch Program

Register for live, ten session program $495

Register for live ten session program and receive recording of each $745

How well you respond to requests for proposals for grants can make or break your organization.

The focus of this in-depth series is on researching and writing successful grant proposals for government agencies, private foundations and family foundations.  You will learn how to write grant applications and all reports and conduct prospect research on new opportunities that align with your organization's mission.

The program is ten sessions: five lectures and five labs. The lectures are Tuesday evenings and the labs Thursday evenings.

LECTURE ONE: Overview and Introduction – Successful Approaches to Grant Seeking

With funding options even more limited today, this week will dive into all potential fundraising streams anchored by grant writing. We will discuss everything you'll need in your grant writing tool kit while delving into specific details as to what criteria grantors are using.
  • What do grantmakers want and what are they looking for?
  • Prerequisites and all the nuts & bolts
  • Understanding and navigating the 2021 funding environment 
  • Effective prospect researching to create a dynamic pipeline of new opportunities
  • The necessity of diversifying your funding streams
  • Things they never tell you

LAB ONE: Effective prospect research and developing a robust prospect pipeline
  • Our lab today will consist of an interactive approach to extracting prospect research using several different tools, such as, and state grant websites. The goal of this lab is to empower you to be able to create your own list of dynamic grant prospects.

LECTURE TWO: Reactive vs Proactive Grantseeking: An Entrepreneurial Approach

This week will be focused on dissecting the component pieces of a Letter of Intent ("LOI") in an interactive capacity. We will examine strategies and techniques you may employ in your prospect research efforts and look toward developing a robust prospect pipeline for government opportunities.
  • Developing templates for grant tracking and disseminating boilerplate language
  • Proactively seeking grant opportunities
  • Components of a successful LOI
  • Implementing a hands-on approach towards prospect research
  • Tapping into government grant opportunities and navigating through the process

LAB TWO: Dissecting the RFP and crafting an effective LOI
  • In our lab today, we will examine examples of Requests for Proposals ("RFPs") and determine what the best approach will be to responding (or not). We will also dissect an LOI and work on crafting impactful responses to RFPs.

LECTURE THREE: Strategizing Outside the Box: Beyond the Basics

This week we will delve into an in-depth discussion of proposal writing including effective writing techniques, the component sections, and structure. We will conclude with strategies you may employ for building a consortium of possible partners and funders.
  • 12 basic rules for writing proposals with style
  • Step by step analysis of all proposal components
  • Crafting a compelling proposal
  • Identifying and documenting the "need statement"
  • Goals and Objectives: What do you hope to do with the money?
  • Finding partners and building coalitions

LAB THREE: Peer Review of LOI's, Diving into this Component Part of a Grant Application
  • In our lab today, we will review each other's LOI drafts for feedback and fine tuning. Moreover, we will begin to focus on structuring our grant proposal applications.
LECTURE FOUR: Writing Your Grants and Individualizing Your Proposals

This week's focus will be on dissecting key sections of proposals and developing effective boilerplate language for use on future proposals. Additionally, we will discuss the forethought you will need when developing a forward thinking program model.
  • Component parts to a grant proposal
  • Drafting a compelling and organized outline
  • Creating a solid budget and other required attachments
  • Sustainability: How will you continue the program after the initial grant?
  • Crafting a compelling cover letter
  • How to most successfully personalize each proposal

LAB FOUR: Writing an Effective Introduction and Peer Review
  • In today's lab, we will explore the key sections of a grant proposal and practice crafting a solid application. In addition, we will distribute and discuss each other's writing for further development.

LECTURE FIVE: Tailoring Your Proposal & What To Do While You Wait

In our last lecture, we will discuss strategic tips you will need to make your proposal stand out from other organization's proposals. We will conclude with a discussion on follow up, implementation, and entrepreneurial approaches to strengthen your grant portfolio.
  • Fine tuning your proposal to maximize its potential
  • Execute impactful follow up
  • What to do if you are successful and if you are rejected
  • The Site Visit: Playing host
  • Out of the box examples that can start you thinking
  • Tips for improving your chances of getting a grant
  • The future of grant writing

LAB FIVE: The Most Important Three Parts of a Grant Proposal In Depth + Peer Review
  • For today, we will finish off some key sections of a proposal and craft responses to entice even the most fickle foundations. We will review our drafts together for further input and discussion.

Recordings, Group Rates, Transfers and Cancellations

All Sessions are recorded, and available the day after the class takes place, until the end of the five week session (except for those who purchase permanent access). Group rate: 25% discount for four or more registrants, 35% for ten or more.

The registration link will be emailed to you two days prior to the course commencement. Cancellations and transfers permitted until registration link is sent.


Bill Edelstein holds Advanced Degrees in Education and Not-for-Profit Development. His professional work has focused on Global Health, Education and Human Rights not-for-profit donor relations and fundraising. He is an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.