Course Description

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!  

If you have questions about the certificate program, please contact Jennifer Donahue at jennifer.donahue@temple.edu


Course Outline

Early-Spring 2024 Cohort - Tuesday Evening Session
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Virtual Workshop Dates: Every Tuesday - April 2, 2024 through May 7, 2024  

  • Time: 6:00 pm (EST) - 8:30 pm (EST)
  • Location: Live, virtual online classroom via Zoom with online, weekly assignments 

Spring 2024 Cohort - To be determined 

Anticipated Morning AND Evening sessions starting at the end of April 2024


  1. Each cohort will have two-time offerings. There is a morning session or an evening session. Participants must choose a session and cannot switch classes due to limited seat capacity. 
  2. Do you live in a different time zone, and want to determine what time the class will be?Please check out this Time Zone Converter to help! 

Modules - Topics Covered

  • 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
  • Assignments: Participants will be asked to complete weekly exercises to meet the learning outcomes and 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 proposals.


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.  

  1. Outline the basic elements of grants and grant writing to include a needs statement, target population, and proposed program.  

  1. Determine organizational capacity through the development of SMART goals and a logic model.  

  1. Analyze elements of a budget and recognize grant sources.  

  1. Categorize evaluation methods and approaches and compose an evaluation plan.  

  1. Design and develop an effective grant application. 

  1. Summarize ethical standards of grant developers and identify strategies to avoid conflict of interest.  



Certificate Requirements: 
To earn the grant writing certificate, participants must attend all six classes in their entirety and complete the required assignments for the six modules. This includes a final project; to complete a grant application in response to either a grantor’s Request for Proposal or their published application guidelines for a proposal. 


CFRE Continuing Education Points:
Temple University Harrisburg’s Grant Writing Certificate Program is recognized by CFRE International (Certified Fund Raising Executive) as qualifying for CFRE Education credits.  Upon successful completion of this program, 15 CFRE points will be granted by CFRE International.  Certificates of training documenting CFRE points will be issued by TUH. Each participant will receive these points on their certificate of completion. 


Continuing Education Units and Social Work Continuing Education Hours:
This program has been approved for 1.5 CEU's and 15 Social Work Continuing Education hours, 3 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 preapproved 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 TUH. Each participant must submit a request for these points to be awarded. 

If you are interested in receiving a certificate of continuing education for CEU or social work, the following steps must be completed:

  1. View and complete the CE Request Form indicating either a request for social work CE or CEU's (only needs to be completed one time). 
  2. Attend all six modules via Zoom Meeting. The instructor will take and monitor attendance. Participants must be on camera and participate for each entire class.
  3. Complete an online program evaluation at the end of the six weeks.


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Cancellations and Refunds

All cancellation requests must be made in writing via email to Jennifer Donahue at jennifer.donahue@temple.edu and received by the Temple University Harrisburg staff before becoming effective. Please note that if a registrant does not officially withdraw from a course and does not attend the course, the registrant is still responsible for payment.  

Cancellations received ten (10) business days or more prior to the start of the scheduled course will be eligible for a full refund of fees paid.

Cancellations received nine (9) business days to one (1) business day prior to the start of the scheduled course will be subject to a cancellation charge of $10.00 for one day/session courses and $50.00 for multiday courses. Cancellations received less than one (1) business day prior to the start of the scheduled course will not be eligible for a refund.  

Request to Postpone Attendance

All requests to be transferred into a future offering must be submitted in writing via email to Jennifer Donahue at jennifer.donahue@temple.edu and received by the Temple University Harrisburg staff before becoming effective. Please note that if a registrant does not request a transfer into a future offering and does not attend as originally scheduled, the registrant is still responsible for payment. 

Transfer requests received ten (10) business days or more prior to the start of the scheduled course will be eligible for a one-time transfer at no cost. Additional transfer requests or requests less than 10 days prior to the start of the course will be subject to a $50.00 administrative fee. 



I just wanted to share that my first grant was approved. Here is a press release with the announcement: https://patch.com/pennsylvania/doylestown/29-9k-grant-bucks-community-college-combat-sexual-assault

I wrote this grant (solo… what a feat) while taking the [Temple] Grant Writing Course a few weeks ago and I certainly couldn’t have done it without your expert knowledge and guidance. I applied your suggestions and was granted the award. We are excited to start working on this project in January 2022.

- Dekia Smith, EdD, LPC I Dean of Students (Interim) Bucks County Community College

I was in your spring grant writing class, and just wanted to let you know that Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central PA received a $5,000 unrestricted grant from the Rice Foundation! This was the grant I found and applied for as my final project in the class.

I thought you would be interested in hearing the success story and thank you for sharing your knowledge.

- Ann Rowland 

I received word today that the proposal I wrote for my final class project was accepted. To say that I’m excited is an understatement.

- Tirzah McClinton | Public Health Program Administrator

Due to the valuable information from this spring's grant class, I have written and been awarded my first grant!

It is a CDBG-VC fairshare grant between the county and 4 other municipalities. I should have the funds by the end of this year which fits into our new building plans perfectly. Since the grant is for equipment and supplies, I was informed yesterday that there is no reporting required. That was quite a surprise.

Thanks so much for your help!!

- Kate Long, Community Services Manager I Administrative Assistant

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