Essential Grant Skills - Overview

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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 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.
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 with our Alumni Membership Program.

You're not alone when class is over

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

  • Find funders through GrantStation, 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 $50 with early bird discount when you pay at least thirty days before the training start date. If you miss the early bird discount you can receive a $35 tuition discount for additional registrants from the same organization. Please note: only one discount per person!

Choose the training that's best for you and register online or contact The Grantsmanship Center’s Registrar:

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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  • When the training is in-person, we email confirmation with directions and parking info after receipt of your payment
  • For online training, we ill send you a series of threee detailed emails the week before class. 


Bring this workshop to your community!

Train your staff and help nonprofits in your community build capacity by sponsoring this training. 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