Certificate in Grant Writing


DePaul's Certificate in Grant Writing teaches you the art and science of writing successful grant proposals.
Topics covered in the 10-week program include understanding philanthropy, researching prospects, crafting persuasive case statements, outlining and writing full proposals, evaluation, budgets and donor cultivation/stewardship. By the end of the class, students should be prepared to effectively tackle a wide range of grant writing challenges.

For More Information, Contact:

Isabel Avalos
  • Email: iavalos@depaul.edu
  • Phone: (312) 362-5295
  • FAX: (312) 362-8764

Student Testimonials

"Less than a month after completion of the Grant Writing course I was hired as a Development Assistant [for] a non-profit organization. I believe the knowledge I gained in the course, and the final proposal which I was able to submit as my writing sample, were integral to me securing this job. I think this course played a huge role in my entry and advancement within the [non-profit] community!"
"I used the skills learned in this class as another selling point as why I was a good candidate for a librarian position. Upon being hired, I was asked to help re-write a rejected grant proposal!"

Who Should Attend

Grant writers seeking skill enhancement, non-profit employees and volunteers and people seeking marketable skills in the NPO environment.
Our program is primarily geared towards those seeking funds for nonprofit organizations. However, artists and scholars seeking personal support for projects will also benefit from this class.
Note: This class requires and assumes a core competency in expository writing and focuses on extending these skills into the specialized technical writing involved in fundraising. Students without fundamental writing skills, or those for whom English is a second language, may feel challenged at times.


In this class, you'll learn how to:
  • Understand philanthropy and nonprofit culture
  • Determine whether a project is fundable
  • Use online resources to identify funding prospects
  • Evaluate and draft case statements and two Letters of Intent (LOI)
  • Develop your critical skills via peer-review and individual conference
  • Draft and revise a complete grant proposal


Week 1
Understanding the market: philanthropy overview
Week 2
Finding the fit: researching prospects
Week 3
Refining your ask: persuasion 101and introduction to LOI's
Week 4
Ducks in a row: preparing for a grant-writing campaign
Week 5
Breaking down the proposal I (outline, background and need)
Week 6
Breaking down the proposal II (project description and evaluation)
Week 7
Breaking down the proposal III (capacity and sustainability, budgets and cover letters)
Week 8
Teacher/student conferences and problem-solving
Week 9
Revision, putting the package together, writing style
Week 10
Grant stewardship, ethical issues and career opportunities

Frequently Asked Questions

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Are there any required books?
Yes, the program requires 2-3 books costing approximately $30/book. Books are not included in the course fee. The instructor will email a current booklist to all registered students prior to the course start date. All other course materials are included in the tuition fee and will be distributed in class and/or electronically.
Are any writing requirements needed for this course?
While no specific background in writing is required, this class assumes a basic competency in business writing. Students without fundamental writing skills, or for those who English is a second language and do not have formal writing training, may feel challenged at times.
Are courses taught in class or online?
All courses are taught in class on DePaul’s Loop campus. There are no online courses.
How long is the program?
The program runs for 10 weeks and meets once/week on Saturday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. See “Course Availability” below for program dates.


Online registration is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Add the course you are interested in to your shopping cart and proceed to checkout. Registration is also available via phone, fax or mail. An Adobe Acrobat PDF of the registration form is provided for your convenience.

Course Availability

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WRI 112-00
Virginia Bell
Loop Campus, TBA
Saturdays, January 18 - March 21, 2020, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
3.0 CEUs
30 Contact Hours
Required Fees: Price
Registration - $75 late fee applied to registrations received after 1/11/2020$1,295.00
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WRI 112-00
Alice George
Loop Campus, TBA
Saturdays, March 28 - June 6, 2020, 1:00 - 4:00 PM. No class 5/23
3.0 CEUs
30 Contact Hours
Required Fees: Price
Registration - $75 late fee applied to registrations received after 3/21/2020$1,295.00
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WRI 112-00
Alice George
Loop Campus, TBA
Saturdays, September 19 - November 21, 2020, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
3.0 CEUs
30 Contact Hours
Required Fees: Price
Registration - $75 late fee applied to registrations received after 9/12/2020$1,295.00