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Strategically Planning Your Grant Requests

Self-Paced Online Course
Next Session Starts Jan 18
Available 24 hours

This course requires about 15 total hours to complete. It is self-paced, has open enrollment, and can be accessed for 30 days.

During this course you will comprehend how to develop and plan your request, create the strategic planning cycle for ongoing grant procurement, build relationships with donors, write effective letters of inquiry, and create powerful background statements.

The goal of this course is to understand the importance of strategic planning in requests for funding.

The specific objectives are to:

  • Implement proactive approaches that lead to ongoing funding
  • Identify the mission and goals of donors both in the public and private sectors
  • Know how to address institutional strengths and challenges
  • Create a strong match between your organization and the donor
  • Create a strong match between your organization and the donor

After this course you will:

  • Strategically develop your request
  • Comprehend the strategic planning cycle
  • Build relationships with donors
  • Write effective letters of inquiry
  • Create powerful background statements

Dr. Mathilda Harris

Dr. Mathilda Harris

Dr. Mathilda Harris (Tillie) is the Executive Director of the Grant Training Center. During the past twenty five years she has written grants, conducted workshops on grant planning, developed strategic plans on grant procurement and assisted individuals and institutions nationally and internationally to successfully write and receive funding from federal, corporate, private, foundation and multi-lateral donors. She has served as a reader and evaluator of grant competitions for the U.S. Department of Education, the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education, The National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Dr. Harris has worked with the private sector in the US and abroad in order to create joint ventures, augment sales in designated markets and create strategic planning to assure commercialization of innovative technology. She has also conducted SBIR/STTR workshops for staff and faculty at institutions such as Brookhaven National Laboratory and MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

She holds a doctorate from The George Washington University (Washington, DC), an M.A. from the University of Portland (Portland, Oregon) and a B.S. from the University of California (Berkeley).

Part OneUnderstanding the proactive approach to grant procurement
Part TwoAddressing credibility and the need for your idea
Part ThreeKnowing and articulating assumptions that will lead to concrete ideas
Part FourCreating SWOT analyses
Part FiveBuilding relationships with donors throughout the grant process

Each part contains:

  • An interactive audiovisual presentation on key topics
  • Interactive activities to supplement the presentation
  • Optional assignments to gain first-hand experience


An open forum is available at all times for participants to ask questions and submit commentary throughout the course. We urge everyone to contribute for a healthy discussion environment, and questions directed at the instructor.

Preparing for the Online Course

Begin thinking of a project you want to develop or considering the specifics of your current project. Having a specific project in mind will help you to understand the various proposal components presented. Begin thinking of donors who could fund your project, such as a foundation, state or federal agency, corporation, and/or individuals.

Consider how you would answer the following questions:

  1. Why do I need the money?
  2. Why is my idea worthy of funding?
  3. How much money will I need?
  4. What is the time period of my grant?

What You Will Need

  • REQUIRED: Computer/Tablet - PC, Mac, iOS, Android, or Windows Mobile
  • REQUIRED: Internet connection

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Cancellation & Refund Policy

Refund/Retake: Once course registration has been processed, refunds cannot be issued. Students may choose to access the curriculum at a later date, upon request. If the course is not completed within the allotted time frame, an extension can be granted for a re-enrollment fee of 50% of the original course fee. In certain situations, such as illness or family emergency, this fee may be waived pending official proof of such circumstances.

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