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Learn how to craft a competitive proposal!

Have you been tasked with writing a grant proposal but don’t know where to start and can’t get away for an in-person class? Our Online Proposal Writing Course lets you learn at your own pace without leaving your computer or on-the-go via your mobile device.

Completely online and self-directed, this course puts you in charge of your own learning as you move through 15 lessons covering all aspects of proposal writing. We’ll give you plenty of guidance along the way with examples, worksheets, and templates to get you on your way to writing that proposal. You’ll have three months from the date of purchase to access the course, time you can use to complete the course at your own convenience and at your own pace.

Our Online Proposal Writing Course will help you master the art of proposal writing step-by-step. Learn about the complete proposal package, from the cover letter to the conclusion and everything in between, including online application forms. In addition to critiques of proposal examples, the course features a case study tracing the evolution of a proposal from start to finish.

This course was created with Candid subject matter staff experts.

Length: Our Online Proposal Writing Course includes 15 detailed lessons. Estimated time to complete this self-paced course is approximately 8-12 hours.

Course outline:
Lesson 1: Setting the Stage For Your Awesome Proposal
Lesson 2: The Statement of Need—What is it?
Lesson 3: The Statement of Need—Describing the need & documenting your facts
Lesson 4: The Statement of Need—How to write it
Lesson 5: The Project Description—Goals & outcomes
Lesson 6: The Project Description—How, what, when, where and who
Lesson 7: The Project Description—Evaluating success and the sustainability question
Lesson 8: So Tell Us About Yourself, aka Organizational Information
Lesson 9: Time to Wrap it Up!—Proposal Conclusion
Lesson 10: Show Me the Money!—Budget Overview
Lesson 11: Crafting the Executive Summary
Lesson 12: Tie It Up with a Bow, aka Packaging the Proposal
Lesson 13: Tailoring the Base Proposal—Letter of Inquiry
Lesson 14: Tailoring the Base Proposal—Online applications
Lesson 15: You Made It! Course Recap & Conclusion

How to start your self-paced learning course

Within one business day of your registration, you’ll be enrolled in the program and receive an email from our eLearning platform, Bridge. The subject line of the email will be “Welcome! Learning Awaits”. This email will have instructions on how to create your own online account in Bridge as well as a link to access the course.

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Qualifies for
12 CFRE points


  • Create a comprehensive and competitive proposal package.
  • Turn your proposal into a letter of inquiry (LOI).
  • Adapt your proposal for submitting online.
  • Identify red flags in your proposal from a funder’s perspective.

Intended audience

Grant writers

Bonus materials

  • Sample proposals
  • Worksheets for writing your own proposal