Program Development and Proposal Writing

Program Development and Proposal Writing

Online Course

Online Course

This course is appropriate for staff from Nonprofit Organizations, Educational Institutions, Native Tribes, Healthcare Organizations, and Government Agencies.  This intermediate level course teaches students the finer points of grant writing, enabling proposals and applications to be more competitive. Students will develop a program, practice pre-writing exercises, write sections of a proposal and letter of inquiry, and prepare budgets for Foundation Grants and Federal Non-Construction Grants.  The emphasis is on program support, program development support, and operating grants.  Research grants and construction grants are mentioned, but not discussed in depth.

Online learning is individual and self-paced.  Students are assigned an instructor who is a Certified Grant Writer® with at least 10 years of experience.    The instructor will e-mail the student course materials and assignments one section at a time.  The student will need to complete assignments in one section before proceeding to the next section. The course is divided into 6 sections.  

Students have 90 days from the date of purchase to complete assignments, but many students finish in 4-6 weeks.   A 90-day extension is available for $100 if a student needs additional time. At the conclusion of the course, students are asked to submit a Course Evaluation.

Prerequisites:  A Bachelor's Degree is strongly recommended, but not required. A strong math aptitude (Algebra I) is recommended to sucessfully complete the budget exercises. Experience in grant writing or budgeting is not required, but if you need to learn any of the following we strongly recommend you take the "Introduction to Grant Writing and Researching" Online Course prior to enrolling in this course:

  1. Where to find Federal and State grant opportunities
  2. Where to find Foundation and Corporate grant opportunities and Foundation RFPs
  3. Where to find Common Grant Forms and Federal Application Packages
  4. How to prepare a Nonprofit's Annual Organization Budget and Budget Narrative   

Students will need a computer with any operating system and will need to use the following Software:  Word, Excel, and Adobe Reader.  Students will also need an e-mail address and internet access.  

Upon successful completion of all the course assignments and course evaluations the student will be mailed a Certificate of Completion within 10 business days.

An annual Individual Membership in AGWA is included with the online course.   Current members who purchase this package will have one year added to his/her current membership.

The following topics will be covered in the course:

  • Grant Teams and the Development-Advancement Office
  • Nonprofit Organizations - Exempt status and Charitable Status
  • Standards of Charitable Accountability
  • Program development using a Logic Model
  • Understanding a Foundation's 990 PF
  • Evaluating Foundation RFPs and Government NOFAs
  • Researching statistics to document the Problem Statement
  • Writing goals and measurable objectives and outcomes
  • Planning Program Evaluations
  • Writing Letters of Inquiry, Proposals and Applications for Foundations and Corporations
  • Writing Government Grant applications
  • Professional Standards and Ethics
  • Planning Budgets for Foundation and Federal Grants

This course includes all of the necessary course materials (300 pages), but we recommend the following book to enrich the learning experience:

  • The recommended writing reference is the Publication Manual of American Psychological Association.  Many writers like to use the Concise Rules of APA Style.  Both are available at

The Online Course is $599 per person. 

As an IACET Approved Provider, AGWA offers CEUs.  The student must purchase the CEU Certificate prior to turning the first assignment into the instructor.  All assignments must be completed to earn 4.0 CEUs for this online course documenting 40 contact hours.

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

Students who want to later upgrade to take the Certified Grant Writer® Review Course and Examination may do so for $300.  To purchase the upgrade, visit our "Marketplace" page.

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

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.