How to Write a Successful Grant Proposal

Enroll Now! Class commences on November 7, 2015!

Learn the A-Z's of successful grant writing!

This invigorating and informative two-day course will equip you with the skills and tools needed to enter the exciting field of grant writing!  You will learn how to raise funds by discovering how and where to look for potential funders and finding a good match to your organization. You will also learn how to collaborate and develop true partnerships with a variety of funders, how to organize a successful grant writing campaign, and how to put together a complete proposal package including online applications.

About the Course
The course begins with an overview of the development field, the fundraising arm of nonprofit organizations. We will then review "prospecting," the process for identifying grant opportunities from foundations, corporations, or the government. The heart of the course is devoted to understanding and constructing all the various pieces of a typical grant proposal, including a letter of inquiry, a mission & organizational history, a project narrative, outcomes and evaluation, and budgets. Students will be given the opportunity to receive instructor and/or peer review of several in-class and one out-of-class writing assignments.

Participants will receive a Pace University Certificate of Completion.


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What You Will Cover

In this courses, students will learn all aspects of how to research, write, organize, and submit a successful grant.

  • How to find viable grant sources
  • Plan a successful grant proposal
  • Craft a persuasive letter of inquiry
  • Develop a  budget

Who Should Attend?

This course speaks mainly to nonprofit organizations, schools, religious institutions, and municipalities seeking grants from foundation, corporate, government, and individual donors.  It’s also an excellent primer for individuals wishing to become grant-writing consultants or community grant-writing volunteers. 

Many of this course’s elements also easily translate to the for-profit field and to individual artists, and materials specifically designed for businesses and individuals is included.  No matter who you are or what level of experience you have, you'll find the A to Z's of writing and submitting successful proposals here!

Meet the Instructor

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Stacy L. Spencer, Ph.D.,
brings over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit field, primarily in fundraising, across a range of academic, cultural, and social service organizations. An independent consultant located in Manhattan, she specializes in helping clients to clarify their mission and goals internally and to articulate their attributes to funders. Past clients and positions include a broad array of organizations including Pilobolus Dance Theatre, the Museum of the City of New York, the Apollo Theater, the Public Theater, Yale University, and Barnard College. Stacy is also an adjunct professor at Pace University, where she teaches a course in arts management at the Lubin School of Business. She holds a doctorate in American Culture from the University of Michigan and graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College with degrees in English and American Studies.


Student Testimonials

  • "Very informative and extremely helpful.  The Professor had a great rapport with all of her students.” – T. Martinez
  • "Thank you for this amazing experience.  I am now ready to take the knowledge and skills I learned in this class to a new grant!" -  A. LaPara
  • "This course is exceptional.  Stacy Spencer is bright, knowledgeable, and even inventive when it comes to grant writing." - M. Nolan


FALL 2015 Course Schedule:

Pace University Midtown
551 Fifth Avenue at 45th
New York, NY

November 7 & 14, 2015
10:00 am-4:00 pm

Tuition: $495  (includes all materials)
Course# 90425



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