John G. Porter, Ph.D., Certified Grant Writer and Executive Director of AGWA
Introduction to Grant Writing & Researching

Introduction to Grant Writing & Researching

Online Course

Online Course

The Introduction to Grant Writing and Researching Online Course is appropriate for entry level grant researchers and grant writers, and those writers seeking to earn the Certified Grant Writer® Credential. Learning is individual and self-paced.  Students will be assigned an online instructor who is a Certified Grant Writer® and experienced Grant Consultant.  The instructor will send course materials and assignments to the student by e-mail and the student will send completed assignments to the instructor by e-mail.  Course materials and assignments will be provided one section at a time.  Assignments in one section must be completed before proceeding to the next section.  The four sections are: 

  1. Researching grant opportunities,
  2. Introduction to Proposal Writing, 
  3. Professional Ethics, and
  4. Introduction to Grant Budgets.  
Students have 90-days to complete all of the assignments, although most students spend about 20 hours to complete the assignments and it usually takes about 3-4 weeks.  A 90-day extension is available for $100.  

This course is intended to be the first course of a 2 course series to learn grant writing.  To be a competent grant writer, we strongly encourage the student to enroll in the course "Program Development and Proposal Writing", either as an online course, or a 4-day workshop, to complete the curriculum in grant writing.

The following topics will be covered during the course:
     How to find Federal and State grant opportunities
How to find Foundation and Corporate grant opportunities and RFPs
     Introduction to Proposal Writing - Common Grant Forms and Government Application Packages
     Professional Standards and Ethics of American Grant Writers' Association
     Introduction to preparing budgets for Foundation grants

All of the course materials are provided by the instructor.  


  • A Bachelor Degree is recommended, but not required.
  • A strong math aptitude (Algebra I) and Basic Excel skills are needed to be successful in the Budgeting exercises.
  • No prior grant writing or budgeting experience is required.
Students will need a computer with any operating system with internet access.  Software needed is MS Word, Excel, and Adobe Reader.  Students will also need an e-mail address.

Students who complete all of the assignments and the course evaluation will be sent a Certificate of Completion within 10 business days after completion.

Registration is $299 per person for the Online Course and includes an annual individual membership in American Grant Writers' Association. Current members who purchase this course will have one year added to his/her current membership.  

CEU Certificate:  As an IACET Approved Provider, AGWA offers CEUs.  Students may purchase an IACET CEU Certificate to document 20 contact hours which is 2.0 CEUs.  Students must complete all of the course assignments to earn the CEU Certificate..  Purchase must be made prior to turning in the first course assignment.  The CEU Certificate will be mailed to the student within 10 business days after completing the course assignments.

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

Prospective students, or current students, with questions about registration, course content or materials, or technical support may 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.



"Simply a must when starting to learn grant writing!"
Michelle, Alabama

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