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Division of Continuing and Global Education

Certificate Award in Grant Writing and Management

Grant Writing


This intensive and practical program is designed for students and professionals who seek to increase their effectiveness in the dynamic and rewarding field of grant proposal writing and management. 

This course is designed for grant writing professionals and those who are interested in learning how to locate specific grant funding opportunities, develop strategies for preparing and writing successful grants, and improving their skills in writing and editing grant applications.  It will also teach them the skills to effectively bring together a writing team, manage one's time effectively, including utilizing a formula for time and page allocations for each section of the grant application process.

In addition, it will demonstrate the value of writing from a reviewer's perspective plus techniques to maximize scoring points to have a more successful proposal. Participants will be provided sufficient time to improve their writing skills by rewriting example proposal sections to improve their writing and editing skills.

The workshop will also include the in-depth review of topics such as: key personnel, budget, evaluation, self-sufficiency, program-related costs to build a successful detailed budget, locating public and private funding sources and how to focus their searches, learn how to write letters of intent, addressing specific foundation application issues, and determining how to develop long-term funding options.They will also learn how to make more informed decisions regarding moving forward on applying for a specific grant program

There will also be an optional full day (the following Saturday after completion of the course) that will give participants the opportunity to work on independent projects with the instructor. The focus would be on reviewing any existing requests for proposal, outlining the proposal – grant worksheets, strategy for time management, developing an abstract and need statement, quantitative and qualitative objectives etc.

Participants interested in earning a certificate must attend every class meeting in order to earn a certificate of completion. After completing the series, you may arrange a consultation with the instructor for the purpose of evaluating your grant proposal.

The program requires a workbook that is included with your registration fees. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to bring laptops, to facilitate writing, rewriting, and sharing of their comments with others. 


Friday, August 30th Zoom from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm and in person Saturday, August 31st and Saturday, September 7th from 8:30 to 4:30 pm.


Friday: 5:30 - 7:30pm; Saturdays: 8:30am - 4:30pm



Class Number


Last Day to Register

August 23, 2024

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Optional Unit

One Optional unit of academic credit is available for this program. Participants must register and complete (attend) all workshops. Please contact Monica Acosta at for information on how to enroll.

Unit: 1 (One)
Course:  ERE 180T
Grading Option:  Letter Grade or Credit/No Credit
Fee:  $100


About the Instructor

Daniel J. Griffin, Ed. D. has over 35 years of experience in writing, editing, and scoring grants plus managing and evaluating numerous grant programs. Dr. Griffin has written over 210 awarded grants including his last 9 successful grant applications totaling over $11 million. Dr. Griffin has extensive experience in writing proposals with all local, state, and federal agencies plus numerous private foundations.


The workshops are offered via hyrbid instruction - Friday evenings are online via Zoom and Saturdays are in person, in room ED 140 on Fresno State Campus.