Program Development and Proposal Writing

Program Development and Proposal Writing

for Foundation, Corporate, and Government Project Grants

for Foundation, Corporate, and Government Project Grants

Online Course

Online Course

This online course is appropriate for staff from Nonprofit Organizations, Educational Institutions, Native Tribes, Healthcare Organizations, and Government Agencies. 

This course teaches students the finer points of grant writing, enabling proposals and applications to be more competitive. Students will develop a program/project, practice pre-writing exercises, write a project narrative, write a Letter of Inquiry (LOI), and prepare budgets for Foundation Grants and Federal Non-Construction Grants.  The emphasis is on program support and general operating grants.  Research grants, construction grants, and scholarships are mentioned, but are outside the scope of the course content.

Online learning is individual and self-paced. Students who learn by reading are well-suited for this course.

Students are assigned an instructor who is a Certified Grant Writer® with at least 10 years of experience and 5 years of teaching experience.  The instructor will e-mail the student course materials and assignments one section at a time.  We strongly recommend the student throughly read the section course material before beginning to work on the section assignment.  Students may e-mail the instructor when s/he has a question about the course material or assignment. Unfortunately, instruftors are not available for phone support but the instructor will gladly answer all questions by e-mail.   A student must sucessfully complete each section's assignment before the next section material will be forwarded.

Most students spend about 50 hours over 4-6 weeks to complete the 8 assignments.   

The PDPW online course is competency-based.  This means that writing assignments may need to be rewritten several times to meet this standard.  Also, budget assignments may need to be resubmitted until correct.  So, if a student needs to resubmit writing assignments and budget assignments multiple times, then the student will spend more than 6 weeks to complete the assignments.   We strongly recommend students begin working on assignments shortly after purchasing the course.

Students have 90-days from the date of purchase to complete all of the online assignments.  A 90-day extension is available (for any and all reasons) for $100 if a student needs additional time.  The extension may be purchased up to one year after the purchase of the online course on the Marketplace page.  Students may purchase two 90-day extensions.

At the conclusion of the course, students are asked to submit a Course Evaluation.


  • A Bachelor's Degree is strongly recommended, but not required.
  • A student who learns by reading is well-suites for this online course.
  • A strong math aptitude is recommended to successfully complete the budget exercises. 
  • A working knowledge of Word, Excel, and Adobe Reader are recommended.

Hardware and Software:  

  • Students will need a computer with any operating system and will need to use the following Software: Word, Excel, and Adobe Reader.   Phones do not meet this standard.  
  • Students will also need an e-mail account (other than a account) that has internet access.    
  • Students will need an e-mail account that will accept emails with 8 mg attachments.

Certificate of Completion:  Upon successful completion of all the course assignments and course evaluation the student will be sent a Certificate of Completion documenting 50 contact hours.  Please note that a CEU certificate is no longer available.

Syllabus:  The following topics will be covered:

  • Section 1:  Grantseeking and Exempt Organizations
  • Section 2:  Program Development and the Logic Model, Researching Grant Opportunities from U.S. grantmakers, and Online Resources for Grantseekers
  • Section 3:  Proposal Writing for Foundation and Corporate Grants which includes preparing the Problem Statement, Program/Project Description, Evaluation Plan, Site Visits, Writing a Letter of Inquiry, and Corporate Giving Programs (2 assignments)
  • Section 4:  Preparing Government Grant Applications which includes Regulations for Federal Awards, Writing the Project Narrative, Review Process, and Working Summary of a Notice
  • Section 5:  Professional Standards and Code of Ethics
  • Section 6:  Part I:  Preparing the Nonprofit project Budget for a Foundation or Corporate Grant and Budget Narrative
  • Section 6:  Part II:  Preparing the Federal Non-Construction Budget for a Project Grant and Budget Narrative

Course Materials.   All of the required course materials are provided by the online instructor as attachments (pdf, doc, orr xls  files) to an e-mail.

Price:  The regular price $699.00 US per person

Group Price:  No group price is available for this online course.

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  • When paying online at the regular or sale price by credit or debit card you may purchase the Program Development and Proposal Writing Online Course by clicking on "add to cart" on the right-hand side of this page.  In the "Ship To" section of the Order Form, please enter the student's name, mailing address, and e-mail.  In the "Bill To" section of the Order Form, enter the information of the credit / debit card holder and the e-mail address where the order confirmation should be forwarded.  If placing an order for more than 1 student, then enter the additional student's names, mailing addresses, and e-mails in the "Remarks" section of the Order Form.  Note that only credit cards from a U.S. bank can be used for online purchases.
  • If paying by personal check or business check, please mail the check and Registration Form (upper right of this page) to AGWA, PO Box 3546, Winter Haven FL 33885.  The check must be drawn on a U.S. bank.  The student will begin the course once the check and registration form are received.
  • If your organization requires an Invoice from AGWA, then please click here for the Online Course Invoice.  Print the invoice, then mail the check and registration form to AGWA.  The check must be drawn on a U.S. bank.  The student will be registered for the course once the check and registration form are received.


  • First Step:  Update your E-mail's Contact List, Safe List, and Allow List with AGWA's email domain:  Your e-mail account must be set up to accept emails with 8 mg  attachments.  Students cannot use a phone for the online course.
  • On the next business day after purchase, the student will receive an E-mail from the Online Instructor with Section 1 Course Materials and Assignments for the "Program Development and Proposal Writing" online course
If the student has not received this e-mail by the end of the next business day after purchase, then please contact Customer Service by e-mail.  AGWA will explain how to set up your e-mail account.

Before Making your Purchase:  Please refer to our web pages "Refund and Rescheduling Policies", "Professional Ethics and Standards", and "Debit/Credit Card Purchases" before making your purchase.

Add a one-year Membership to your online course:  Click here for the Membership page to add an Individual or Business Membership to your online course.

Upgrade to include the CGW Review and Exam:
  • If you want to take the CGW Exam at a later date, then you are eligible to purchase an Upgrade.  When you are ready to purchase the Upgrade, just visit our website and click on the "Marketplace" tab, then page down until you see the Upgrade.
  • If you are ready to include the CGW Exam in your purchase now, then you should purchase the CGW Series.  Click here for information on the CGW Series.


  •  If a prospective student has questions about registration or technical support please contact AGWA's Customer Service by phone or e-mail-mail.
  •  If a current student has questions about online course assignments or materials, then e-mail the assigned online instructor.

The Program Development and Proposal Writing
® course is copyrighted by American Grant Writers' Association, Inc.  All rights reserved.

Training Funds:  If your company is seeking training funds, you might want to contact the Workforce Development Board in your County.  Some of the boards offer training funds to employers to reimburse up to 50% of training registration expense.

Unfortunately, AGWA does not offer any course scholarships.