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Do you prefer to learn at your own pace and on your own schedule? If so, GrantStation’s Online Education option—On-Demand Learning—is right for you!

Our library of modules is growing all the time. Choose from the topics below to get started learning now!

You can even repeat a module over time as you do your work.

Would you like to check out one of our modules first? Check out this FREE module: Creating Time—it's in the same format as our paid modules.

In this four-part series we cover the steps to take to build a sustainable Corporate Solicitations Program (CSP). The first module focuses on corporate giving trends, and how to leverage those trends when asking for support. The second module is a step-by-step tutorial on how to build or enhance your CSP. The third module is all about how to identify the best businesses to approach for support, as well as how to build a custom recognition package. And the final module focuses on how to develop the request for support, be it through a formal written application, email, phone, or face-to-face meeting. There are lots of examples provided in these modules. For those of you who are already experienced, we hope you learn something new in each module. For those of you just starting out, this is great for beginners. These modules can be taken together to methodically build your organization’s capacity to raise funds from local businesses or as stand-alone learning opportunities.
Whether you need to build a grantseeking strategy for a particular project, or to develop an overarching strategy for the year, this set of modules will guide you through the process. We start by helping you build your own screening tool: the RFP Decision Matrix. Adopting this matrix will help you make fast, accurate decisions about which funders you should apply to, and which ones you should not. The second module helps you prepare for doing your grants research, which opens the door to our third module focusing on the five steps for successful grants research. This series ends with a fairly intensive module on building a grantseeking strategy. These modules can be taken together to methodically guide your organization’s capacity to build a grants strategy or as stand-alone learning opportunities.

Grantwriters nowadays have access to vast amounts of information via the Internet. With such an abundance, how do you know which material to use for your statement of need? How can you present this information so it is new and compelling, and not just a repeat of what every program officer has read before? Not only that, but how can you create the sense of urgency necessary to keep your proposal at the top of a consideration list? And once you’ve figured out how to convey the problem or need, your task becomes demonstrating to the grantmaker that their investment in your proposed solution will result in real change.

This series will help you navigate your way through these considerations to craft a compelling statement of need.

In the first of this series of modules, we will cover what basic information should be included in each and every statement of need. This module is for the novice or someone who has written a few proposals but still feels as if they could learn more! We delve into how to give your proposal a little character, create a sense of urgency, and write a compelling opening to this section of the proposal.

The second module will focus on finding and utilizing new sources of data and evidence as well as how to present this information in a new and compelling way that intrigues and engages the grantmaker.

The third module is all about developing a bold, new goal that will directly address the problem or need, and perhaps generate a whole new way of working for your organization. This module is for the individual who feels as if their organization is ready to take a giant step forward. (As they say, this is not for the faint of heart!).

When writing a grant proposal, we spend about 80% of our time preparing attachments, including updating documents we already have at our fingertips and creating new documents. If all these documents were current and ready to copy into a proposal how many more grant requests could you submit each year?

The two modules in this short series focus on preparing documents ahead of time, keeping them up to date, and generating visuals to help support your request.

The first module focuses on building a solid foundation for your grantseeking program. That means developing and adopting a set of well-conceived program policies and procedures to guide the program’s management. There are lots of suggestions and examples to draw from in this module.

The second module focuses on generating engaging documents that will strengthen your request for support. We provide many examples in this training to help you build credibility and clarity into the documents, making sure each is both engaging and enlightening.

Together, these two modules provide a solid foundation for building a powerful grantseeking program for your nonprofit organization.