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Intermediate Grant Writing

Intermediate Grant Writing

USC’s Intermediate Grant Writing course methodically explores the necessary components of a successful grant proposal; such as the problem statement, project design, goals and objectives, organizational capacity, community partners, outcomes and evaluation.

Advance Your Grant Proposal

This course puts an emphasis on idea development, identification of the appropriate granting agency, how to write for reviewers, and strategies of proven value in presenting an applicant’s case to reviewers. Discussion topics include operational and capital campaign strategies, overview of planned giving structures, review of available funding sources and the preparation of a grant proposal.  You will learn both practical and conceptual aspects that are important in the proposal-writing process.

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the grant writing process
  • Recognize the problem statement, project design, goals and objectives, organizational capacity, community partners and outcomes and evaluation
  • Prepare professional, competitive, compelling and successful grant proposals
  • Be proficient in the proposal format used by the vast majority of public foundations, state and federal agencies
  • Formulate collaborative partnership agreements
  • Identify the benefits of forming a grant writing team
  • Apply research skills to find current, relevant problem statement language
  • Understand evaluation and outcomes by use of logic models and evidenced based statistics
  • Know when to outsource evaluation to outside evaluation firms and consultants.
  • Comprehend complex federal and state budget terminology 


The Course Outline

The Intermediate Grant Writing course format features both lecture sessions and group activities. You will attend several group sessions enabling you to network with others who have similar interests and needs. Class will assemble to identify potential grant-writing partners and grant reviewers from your state and local area. You will discuss relevant grant issues and strategies with other professionals from similar disciplines such as education, mental health, social service, health care, law enforcement, etc.

During the second session of the workshop, you will have the opportunity to write a problem statement, compile goals and objectives based on “GIBS” (Goals, Indicators, Benchmarks, and Strategies) and review an actual proposal. Upon completion of the course, you will understand the importance of outcomes and evaluation, and know when it is necessary to hire an outside evaluator.

The following lessons will be covered:

  • Introduction and Overview
  • Icebreaker and Warm-up
  • Training Goals and Learning Objectives
  • The Basic Components of a Full Proposal
  • The Request For Proposal Process
  • Utilizing Evidenced Based Statistics
  • Award Winning Problem Statements
  • Negotiating Collaborative Partnership Agreements
  • Using Logic Models to Develop and Evaluate Program
  • The Differences Between Direct/Indirect Costs and In-Kind Contributions
  • Creating a Realistic Budget
  • What to Include in an Appendix
  • Finishing Touches to Your Proposal
  • Wrap Up


Registration and Fees

Dates / SessionsTimesFees
Intermediate Grant Writing
11/08/2018 – 11/09/2018

2 Sessions

Register Online or Register By Mail

Notes: The course location and directions will be emailed approximately one week before the course begins.
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM$595


Registration and Payment Notes

If you plan to pay by check or purchase order, select "register by mail." Complete the form and return a printout with payment to: USC Continuing Education and Conferences, Close/Hipp Building at 1705 College Street, Suite 591, Columbia, SC 29208. Your seat is not guaranteed until payment is received.

We accept online payment via electronic check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express through MarketPlace, a secure electronic environment that simplifies business transactions with the university. Follow the MarketPlace prompts to complete payment. Your transaction is only complete when you receive an order number, which is your receipt of payment. Your seat is not guaranteed until payment is received and you receive an order number.

Once you have paid and are enrolled, you'll be emailed location and parking information for face-to-face programs or online instructions about one week before the program begins.