Introduction to Grant Writing | Cleveland State University Professional Development Center in Cleveland


Introduction to Grant Writing

Course Description

An introductory course on the grant writing process. Beginning grant writers will learn how to get started writing successful grant proposals while gaining hands-on experience planning and researching federal, state and local grants with a strong focus on local funding sources and national trends. Developing a viable project plan, identifying and assessing relevant prospects, and crafting an initial approach to funders are covered. Students will be immersed in grant writing exercises, practice presenting a case for support, and engage in peer review.

Who Should Attend

This course is for beginning grant writers, anyone interested in integrating grants into their portfolio or earning the Grant Writing Certificate from the Monte Ahuja College of Business, including managers, administrators, volunteers, board members and consultants at nonprofit organizations, public or private educational institutions and government agencies. For-profit businesses seeking grants to fund research or training are welcome as are individual grant seekers such as artists, filmmakers or journalists.

Real-World Application

Deploying systematic methods and strategies to integrate grants into a dynamic fundraising and management plan is essential for professionals in many industries, including government agencies, nonprofit organizations, private and public education, foundations and research. This course will help prepare beginning grant writers for the practical and conceptual aspects that are critical to starting or overseeing the grant development process.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Plan grant-funded project
  • Find the best prospects for grants
  • Develop successful strategies to secure grant awards


Saturday, March 3-24, 2018 from 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Course meets: 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24


CSU's Monte Ahuja College of Business, 1860 E. 18th St., Cleveland, OH 44115 (map)

CEUs: 1.4

Fee: $695

To receive the EARLY BIRD RATE, you must register at least 6 weeks prior to the start date of the course. Corporate, CSU Student, Alumni and Organization membership discounts available!

Course Benefits

Competency-Based Professional Development: Our programs increase learner retention through application, which results in a more productive workforce.  Students demonstrate their competence by successfully completing a course assessment.

All Inclusive: Each course delivered at CSU includes materials, pre-test and post-test, coffee, snacks, lunch and convenient, on-site parking.

Educated and Experienced Instructors: Our instructors bring years of real-world, classroom and CPA, CFA, SHRM, PhD and MBA experience. Many hold leadership positions in northeast Ohio organizations and have taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Cost-Effective: The course is designed to minimize travel expenses and time away from work.

Convenient: Flexible schedules are not only an attractive option, but a necessary for busy professionals.

Networking Opportunities: Learn from instructors and colleagues who have a variety of industry experiences to share.

Audit option: Students have the option to audit a course they have already attended at no charge within one academic year. Interested students must notify the ProDev office requesting to audit a course a minimum of 10 business days prior to the course start date to ensure there is enough seating. Audit students are responsible for their own parking and lunches. New materials will not be provided.

Corporate, Custom Availability: Can be custom-tailored to the needs of your organization to provide skills your workforce can apply immediately as a corporate training if requested.

Refund Policy

No refunds will be issued if notification is not received seven business days prior to the first day of class. Registrants who cancel will receive a refund, less a $50 processing fee, if we receive written notification a minimum of seven business days prior to the first day of class.