Grant Writing Certificate Program

Summer 2023 Cohort - registration will open on April 25, 2023, and close on June 13, 2023.

  • Virtual Workshop Dates: Tuesdays, June 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, and August 1, 2023. No class Tuesday, July 4, 2023

  • Morning Sessions: 9:30 am (EST) - 12:00 pm (EST)

  • Evening Sessions: 6:00 pm (EST) - 8:30 pm (EST)

  • Location: Live, virtual online classroom via Zoom with online, weekly assignments

Registration will close JUNE 13, 2023 at 11:59 pm.


Fall 2023 Cohort - Dates to be determined!

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In This Program

This certificate program will cover the basics of grant seeking and writing, enabling anyone with an interest in getting started on the grant writing process. It will also help experienced academic researchers, nonprofit organizations, and freelance writers to write grants more confidently and improve their grant-writing outcome. The Grant Writing Certificate Program will provide all individuals with an opportunity to learn and practice skills in developing successful proposals to obtain external funding. Our flexible schedule with a morning and an evening option allows you to choose what is best for your personal and professional schedule!

Course Outline

This program will be offered at two different times. There is a morning session or an evening session. Participants must choose a session and cannot switch classes due to limited class capacity.


Module 1 - How to get Started

Module 2 - Basic Elements of Grants and Grant Writing

Module 3 - Describing Your Organization’s Capacity and Using a Logic Model

Module 4 - Building a Budget and Finding Funders

Module 5 - Evaluation Plans and Strategies

Module 6 - Grant Writing Reality Check, Pulling a Final Proposal Together


Participants will be asked to complete exercises that will assist in meeting the learning outcomes. Participants will be encouraged to complete a grant application in response to either a grantor’s Request for Proposal or their published application guidelines for a proposal. Participants will be given feedback on their proposal.

Learner Outcomes

After completing the modules, participants will be able to:

  1. Apply an understanding of the grant writing and seeking process to your organizational context.
  2. Outline the basic elements of grants and grant writing to include a needs statement, target population, and proposed program.
  3. Determine organizational capacity through the development of SMART goals and a logic model.
  4. Analyze elements of a budget and recognize grant sources.
  5. Categorize evaluation methods and approaches and compose an evaluation plan.
  6. Design and develop an effective grant application.
  7. Summarize ethical standards of grant developers and identify strategies to avoid conflict of interest.

Continuing Education Credits

This program has been approved for 1.5 CEU's and 15 Social Work Continuing Education Hours, three of which fulfill the ethics requirement by the state licensing board. Temple University Harrisburg is a PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors pre-approved provider of continuing education. These credit hours satisfy requirements for LSW/LCSW/LMFT/LPC biennial license renewal. 

Certificates of attendance documenting continuing education hours or units will be issued by Temple University Harrisburg. 


Jennifer Donahue
Jennifer Donahue

Program Manager



“As someone who has stepped into a role that requires grant writing, having no grant writing experience was daunting, Link Martin as an instructor is very supportive. Without this course I don’t believe I would have had the knowledge to submit a grant, let alone be accepted as a finalist on my first attempt.”

—Malinda Knipfer, Executive Director, S.A.F.E. Inc

"This course has been a game changer for me! I learned about the areas I was not covering in my proposals and that information has given me the confidence to seek larger grants, even federal grants! I would recommend anyone/everyone that writes grants to take this course."

—Tina Collins, Executive Director, Show Me The Way Foundation

“Participating in Temple University’s Grant Writing Certificate Program provided me with the foundational knowledge I need to submit comprehensive and impactful grant applications. Jessica is truly an expert in the field and kept the class both informative and enjoyable. I am thankful to be able to utilize my knowledge to continue securing the necessary funding for my agency!”

—Briana Anderson, Executive Director, ECHOS

“The grant writing course I took at Temple University helped me gain the knowledge and tools needed to succeed in my fund development role at a non-profit organization. Students had the option to write a grant proposal and submit it to a real funder as their final project, which I did. Our professor was an industry veteran, and each class was spent going through the grant writing process step-by-step. I was ecstatic to recently learn that my request for funding was approved by the foundation that I chose, and my organization was awarded a Major Grant!”

—Amy Ebeling, Fund Development Manager, Family Promise of Bergen County

"The Temple University Harrisburg campus Grant Writing Certificate course was an amazing experience for me. What I enjoyed is the knowledge of our instructor and her willingness to always be available to assist us when needed. Even after the course was completed, the instructor continued to offer herself as a resource in locating grant funding. This course helped equipped me for transitioning into a more grant focused career."

—Latifah Sunkett, Program Coordinator

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