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University of South Carolina Grant Writing Certificate program

Grant Writing

The University of South Carolina’s Grant Writing Certificate program is designed to prepare you for the practical and conceptual aspects that are critical to the grant writing process. You can earn your certificate from USC - in the classroom or online! 

Learn the skills and strategies to write effective grant proposals

The ability to locate, propose and obtain grants is essential for organizations in most industries, including: government, nonprofit, foundation, education, public health and social work.


Full Grant Writing Certificate Program

USC’s Grant Writing program is designed to set you up with strategic outlines and the ability to demonstrate innovative thinking to gain a competitive advantage with high caliber proposals. You will be engaged in hands-on training in the grant proposal process – from research to submission, and even revisions – and provides you with the unique opportunity for peer and professional review and feedback.

Once you complete Introduction to Grant Writing, Needs Based Assessment and Research, Intermediate Grant Writing and Program Development and Evaluation, you will receive a Grant Writing Certificate from the University of South Carolina. This certificate recognizes professionals as successfully completing the formal training in the discipline of grant writing. Once you complete these requirements, you will have a full understanding of the critical elements, strategic techniques and systematic methods necessary for a successful grant proposal.

Discount Opportunity

Receive a 10% discount when you register for all four grant writing courses up front. Tuition for the Grant Writing Certificate program is $1,322, which includes all course materials and the University of South Carolina certificate upon completion.  Register for the full certificate program.


Program Format

You may choose to take the certificate program in a classroom setting at USC or in a 100% online format.  

  • The classroom courses are held on the Columbia campus from 9:00AM - 4:00PM each day. 
  • The online certificate program is held in the evenings from 6:00-9:00PM for two consecutive weeks and covers the material for all four courses.


Individual Courses

You may enroll in the full certificate program or register for courses individually:

Once you have paid and are enrolled, you'll be emailed specific details about the program approximately one week before the begin date.