Becoming a Grant Writing Consultant

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About This Course

Good grant writing consultants are always in demand. Learn how you can use a basic knowledge of grant or proposal writing to become an expert in the red-hot grant consulting field.

Your instructor, a national grant consulting veteran, will provide you with easy-to-follow instructions that you can use to start your own home-based business. You'll learn what services to offer, how to find clients, and how to set your fees.

This is one field where your creative writing skills can literally touch thousands of people and make a true difference in their quality of life.

About The Instructor

This course includes a knowledgeable and caring instructor who will guide you thr…

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About This Course

Good grant writing consultants are always in demand. Learn how you can use a basic knowledge of grant or proposal writing to become an expert in the red-hot grant consulting field.

Your instructor, a national grant consulting veteran, will provide you with easy-to-follow instructions that you can use to start your own home-based business. You'll learn what services to offer, how to find clients, and how to set your fees.

This is one field where your creative writing skills can literally touch thousands of people and make a true difference in their quality of life.

About The Instructor

This course includes a knowledgeable and caring instructor who will guide you through your lessons, facilitate discussions, and answer your questions. The instructor for this course will be Beverly Browning.

Dr. Beverly A. Browning has been consulting in the areas of grant writing, contract bid responses, and organizational development for nearly three decades. Her clients have included chambers of commerce, faith-based organizations, units of local and county municipal governments, state and federal government agencies, school districts and colleges, social and human service agencies, hospitals, fire departments, service associations, and Fortune 500 corporations. Dr. Browning has assisted clients and workshop participants throughout the United States in receiving awards of more than $200 million. Dr. Browning is the author of over two dozen grants-related publications, including Grant Writing For DummiesT, Grant Writing for Educators, How to Become a Grant Writing Consultant, Faith-Based Grants:

Aligning Your Church to Receive Abundance, and Perfect Phrases for Writing Grant Proposals. She holds degrees in Organizational Development, Public Administration, and Business Administration. Dr. Browning is a grant writing course developer and online facilitator for Ed2Go.com; faculty member at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management and a current member of the American Association of Grant Professionals.

Syllabus

A new section of each course starts monthly. If enrolling in a series of two or more courses, please be sure to space the start date for each course at least two months apart.

Week 1

Wednesday - Lesson 01

In this lesson, you'll learn about the credentials and skills needed to become a successful grant writing consultant. You'll also learn how to use your grant writing skills in both the nonprofit for-profit sectors to generate cash flow for your new business. Step-by-step, this first lesson teaches you what business structures and services to consider as you develop your grant writing consulting business.

Friday - Lesson 02

In this lesson, we'll talk about how to choose the office resources you need to succeed as a grant writing consultant. You’ll learn how to find training to sharpen your skills and we'll explore top reference materials used by leading grant writing consultants. You’ll also learn how to keep your new business afloat by carefully allocating your funds for the right tools of the trade.

Week 2

Wednesday - Lesson 03

In this lesson, you'll learn how to set up an efficient work area and plan your first day as a paid grant writing consultant. You’ll also learn how to turn a living or storage area of your home into productive workspace. It's important to have an organized area where you can manage your revenue-producing projects from start to finish, and this lesson will show you how to get it set up.

Friday - Lesson 04

In this lesson, we'll begin to assess your grant writing experience, knowledge, and skills. You’ll learn how to use your job experience to target clients and how to expand your services beyond writing proposals. This lesson is about linking your experience with paying projects-making money for what you love to do, day after day.

Week 3

Wednesday - Lesson 05

This is perhaps the most important of all our lessons. You are well on your way to becoming a successful grant writing consultant-managing your own business. This lesson will teach you how to set marketable fees for each of the services you offer so you’ll make money as a grant writing consultant-regardless of where you live or the state of the economy. You’ll learn how to set your fees based on your costs, expertise, and project type, and we'll discuss when to adjust your fees so you still make a profit. Most importantly, I’ll show you where to draw the line and just say no to a prospective client.

Friday - Lesson 06

In this lesson, you'll learn how to market and promote your grant writing consulting business. You’ll also learn how to take some critical pre-marketing steps, including writing a marketing plan.

Week 4

Wednesday - Lesson 07

This lesson will teach your how to search for and develop consulting opportunities. You’ll learn how to use the Internet and newspapers to find new clients, and how to present your services so effectively that clients will hire you sight unseen.

Friday - Lesson 08

In this lesson, you'll learn how to write contractual agreements. We’ll review basic contract language and the different types of contractual agreements to help you understand the purpose and limitations of a written contract. Most importantly, you’ll learn how to create a contract template so you can quickly draft a contractual services agreement ready for signatories.

Week 5

Wednesday - Lesson 09

This lesson will teach you how to start cash flowing into your new business within the first 90 days. We'll talk about how to differentiate between piece of cake projects and “like pulling teeth” projects. You’ll learn which types of projects bring in quick money. And you’ll also learn how to discern between projects that are best for novices to take on at business start-up and those best handled by veteran grant writers.

Friday - Lesson 10

In this lesson, you'll learn how to build a reputation as an expert grant writing consultant. We'll explore Internet resources that will help you keep abreast of emerging trends. Most importantly, you’ll learn how to implement a three-step plan that will help you to (1) expand your knowledge, (2) exceed your clients' expectations, and (3) make your skills and services visible.

Week 6

Wednesday - Lesson 11

At this point, you are nearing the finish line for Becoming a Grant Writing Consultant. In this lesson, you'll learn how to manage more than one project at a time so you can become more profitable. This lesson covers it all: How to ask yourself the right questions to accurately calculate project timeframes; how to organize and prioritize your projects; even how to develop work habits that will help you meet deadlines when you’re working on multiple projects.

Friday - Lesson 12

Our last lesson will teach you how to recognize the signs of business growth and the steps to take before planning for business expansion. You’ll learn some strategic planning steps that will help you stay on top of small business trends, as well as stay on top of your competitors.


Requirements

A basic understanding of the grant writing process, Internet access, e-mail, the Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox Web browser, and the Adobe Flash and PDF plug-ins (two free and simple downloads you obtain at http://www.adobe.com/downloads by clicking Get Adobe Flash Player and Get Adobe Reader).

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