In This Program

This certificate program will cover the basics of grant seeking and writing, enabling anyone with an interest in getting started on the grant writing process. It will also help experienced academic researchers, nonprofit organizations, and freelance writers to write grants more confidently and improve their grant-writing outcome. The Grant Writing Certificate Program will provide all individuals with an opportunity to learn and practice skills in developing successful proposals to obtain external funding. Our flexible schedule with a morning and an evening option allows you to choose what is best for your personal and professional schedule!

Course Outline

This program will be offered at two different times. There is a morning session or an evening session. Participants must choose a session and cannot switch classes due to limited class capacity.


Module 1 - How to get Started

Module 2 - Basic Elements of Grants and Grant Writing

Module 3 - Describing Your Organization’s Capacity and Using a Logic Model

Module 4 - Building a Budget and Finding Funders

Module 5 - Evaluation Plans and Strategies

Module 6 - Grant Writing Reality Check, Pulling a Final Proposal Together


Participants will be asked to complete exercises that will assist in meeting the learning outcomes. Participants will be encouraged to complete a grant application in response to either a grantor’s Request for Proposal or their published application guidelines for a proposal. Participants will be given feedback on their proposal.

Learner Outcomes

After completing the modules, participants will be able to:

  1. Apply an understanding of the grant writing and seeking process to your organizational context.
  2. Outline the basic elements of grants and grant writing to include a needs statement, target population, and proposed program.
  3. Determine organizational capacity through the development of SMART goals and a logic model.
  4. Analyze elements of a budget and recognize grant sources.
  5. Categorize evaluation methods and approaches and compose an evaluation plan.
  6. Design and develop an effective grant application.
  7. Summarize ethical standards of grant developers and identify strategies to avoid conflict of interest.

Continuing Education Credits

This program has been approved for 1.5 CEU's and 15 Social Work Continuing Education Hours, three of which fulfill the ethics requirement by the state licensing board. Temple University Harrisburg is a PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors pre-approved provider of continuing education. These credit hours satisfy requirements for LSW/LCSW/LMFT/LPC biennial license renewal. 

Certificates of attendance documenting continuing education hours or units will be issued by Temple University Harrisburg. 

  • Jennifer Donahu

    Jennifer Donahue

    • Temple Harrisburg

      • Network of Evaluation Services and Training

        • Department Program/Project Manager