Writing successful grant applications
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HW571
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
This short course (2 x 2 hours online), running over two weekends, focuses on how to communicate your project effectively in a grant application for a small- to medium-sized grant, in any sector. It draws on the techniques of competitive pitching in the corporate world, working from the principle that a successful 'project story' mirrors the concerns and decision-making criteria of the funders, whilst retaining the integrity of the creative venture. Participants are encouraged to identify a funding body before registering for the course and to work on a current, or future, grant application.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
The first session focuses on identifying the key audiences for the application and understanding their needs in the context of the agenda of the funding body. In the second session, learners apply these principles to their own application.
Please note: this course does not offer an 'inside track to any particular funder rather, it shows you how to research information to weave into the description of your project.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
After this course, you will be better able to:
- reflect on your process for researching / writing bids and identify where you need to improve
- analyse the funder's agenda and their key criteria
- understand what kind of narrative funders want in terms of content, form, style and level of detail
- craft a clear narrative that does justice to your story.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is open to all, but participants are encouraged to identify a particular grant before registering for the course and to work on a current, past or future, grant application. It is expected you will have a good grasp of the English language.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is a facilitated workshop; learners practise skills individually and in small group groups, then apply what they learn to their own grant applications. Pre-course, identify one funder and one grant to focus on during the course, even if you are eligible for many grants. Later, you can apply what you learn to other grants.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs to the course, but you would want to learn more of your chosen funder and also bring note pad and pen, or if preferred and possible a device to work on.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please look for other courses in our sections on Business Writing and Professional Development.
Anne Wilson is a careers counsellor and mentor. Her work as a corporate writer, communication consultant and trainer means she sees inside many organisations, both public and private. She understands how organisations work and knows how to help job seekers find creative routes to open up opportunities.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.