Certificate of Grant Writing

  • Course level: Intermediate

About Course

Grant writing techniques and processes are in a transitional stage. Grant Writers need to stay on top of the latest trends that include more online grant applications, requirements for better-designed evaluations and new social policies that determine grant opportunities. Participants that have completed our Grant Writing Certificate Program will have increased his/her chances of winning competitive grants through a better understanding of the entire grant process.

This 36-hour Grant Writing Certificate Program provides an intensive opportunity to acquire the knowledge and practice the skills necessary to succeed in today’s competitive grant writing environment. Instructor Jack Smith is an accomplished grant writer with an easygoing style who packs each day with a vast amount of content and expertise. In addition, you’ll receive an extensive package of materials to use both during the week and for future grant writing projects.

The Grant Writing Certificate Program is a hands-on workshop, not just a series of lectures. Class size is intentionally small in order to provide personalized attention while you build a real, usable work product. This certificate program is composed of six sessions held over six days for a total of 36 contact hours. Sessions will be held over Zoom on November 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17, 2021. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a Certificate of Grant Writing from Habitat for Humanity Texas.

Meet the Instructor: Jack Smith has over thirty years training and consulting experience with hundreds of nonprofit and public organizations throughout the US. His consulting experience is grounded by a decade of senior management experience with large multi-program nonprofits. He currently teaches the grant writing certificate programs at the Austin Center for Nonprofit Studies, University of North Florida, Western Carolina University and the University of Maine. He regularly teaches for the San Antonio Area Foundation, Texas Municipal League and the University of New Hampshire.
Jack Smith has a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Maine. His housing development work has received a national citation from the US Department of Energy.

What Will I Learn?

  • Dive into various grant writing techniques and processes
  • Learn about each element of a grant proposal
  • Discuss the various types of grants and foundations
  • Review how to research and find grants for your affiliate

Topics for this course

1 Lessons

Welcome to Certificate of Grant Writing

Zoom Classroom Information

Material Includes

  • An extensive package of resources to use both during the two week program and for future grant writing projects.


  • Participants will engage in lecture and discussions in a virtual format. Therefore, participants must commit to attend the live Zoom sessions from 8 am - 3 pm CST (with break for lunch), November 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17, 2021. Additionally, some homework assignments may be assigned throughout this program.

Target Audience

  • Individuals wanting to gain knowledge and training in writing grant proposals, including:
  • Development Directors
  • Grant Writers
  • Fundraisers
  • Executive Directors
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