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Grant Writing Basics for Beginners: What You Must Know Before You Start Writing Grants

Teresa Huff, Equipping you to change the world

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10 Lessons (50m)
    • 1. Introduction - Common Questions

    • 2. What Is a Grant?

    • 3. Grant Readiness

    • 4. Top 10 Myths About Grants

    • 5. Where to Find Grants

    • 6. Sections of a Grant

    • 7. Developing Your Grant Project

    • 8. Application Submission and Awards

    • 9. Think Like a Reviewer

    • 10. Conclusion and Course Project

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About This Class

Join expert grant writer Teresa Huff to learn the secrets you must know BEFORE you start grant writing - and walk away with tips you can customize to your school, nonprofit, or grant writing business immediately.

NOTE: This class is an overview of what you need to know about grant writing BEFORE you start. If you're looking for specific examples and common sections of grant applications, head over to my course Grant Applications Step by Step: The Main Sections of a Grant.


You’re fighting for a great cause.

You know this cause can change lives - change your community - change the WORLD - IF you just had the funding.

You’ve heard there is grant funding out there, but how do you go about getting it? 

How do you convince funders that THIS is the cause they need to support? How do you get their attention and show them the potential your organization has to change the world 


If you’ve ever struggled with any of these questions, then stick around.

With this course series, I’ll equip you with the tools you need to influence your world through grant writing.


A lot of resources teach you how to write a grant, but most people don't realize there’s so much more to it than that. I’ll teach you how to step back and evaluate the bigger picture to be sure you’re using your resources and efforts most effectively.

As a professional grant writer since 2005, I’ve written a whooooole lot of grants and brought in several million dollars of funding for schools and nonprofits. I’ve also made a lot of mistakes and learned many things the hard way. Thanks to a great mentor in the beginning, though, I had an excellent framework to get started. Now I’m here to provide that support for you.

If you flounder through and base your attempts on the many myths out there, you could actually do more harm than good for your cause. You’ll end up with a frustrating waste of time, energy, and resources. Nobody wants that.

That’s why I’m here today - to show you what to do and what NOT to do. To help you develop YOUR skills so you can avoid the typical mistakes and fast forward your grant writing career.

Grant writing is tough, I’m not gonna lie - but it’s also very rewarding. There are so many variables and it requires such a wide variety of skills. But if you know what those skills are and how to use them, you CAN influence that change you’re after, and much more effectively.

I use a combination of my Master’s Degree in Education, grant writing skills, and years of experience to develop top-quality training that will give you a competitive advantage.


There is a lot you need to know and prepare before you even start writing grants. We’ll cover the first essential building blocks you must know before you start writing.

In this course you’ll learn:

  • The basics of how to get started grant writing
  • Background work you must do before you even apply for grants
  • Top 10 myths and misconceptions about grants that may be holding you back
  • Where to look for grants
  • What a typical grant application includes
  • How to develop your grant project
  • What to do next when awards are announced, whether you win or lose


Then we'll wrap it up with the Course Project to help you with your next steps of grant writing. As a former teacher, I can't help but sprinkle in some extras along the way - you'll get a course workbook, challenge questions, and practice scenarios to see how well you're learning to apply what we cover. It's all geared toward practical skills and concepts to help you build your grant writing toolbox.

So if you feel strongly about helping your cause, start here. By the end of this course you’ll have a framework to get your school or nonprofit started with the grant writing process.


This course is for you if you fit any combination of these:

  • Staff, volunteer, or board member of a school or non-profit
  • Someone who wants to learn grant writing as a career or side gig
  • Complete beginners to the grant world
  • Those who have tried writing a grant or two unsuccessfully and are ready to learn the foundational basics for success

If you’ve already written several successful grants, I'd love for you to sit in on the course too, but be aware that you might find some of the lessons a bit of review. In that case, follow my channel so you’ll be notified when I publish more courses. I've got some advanced grant writing topics in the works!

If you’re wanting to start writing grants but don’t have an organization yet, no problem. This course will give you a good start to your toolbox.  I’ve given a couple of options in the Course Project so you can adapt it to your situation.


Ready to propel your grant writing skills? I know you can do it. I can’t wait to hear about your cause and see how you’re influencing your community through grant funding.


  • Watch the intro video
  • Download the Course Workbook and go through the class
  • Complete the Course Project
  • Follow my channel to learn more about grant writing
  • Change your world!

Let’s get started – together we can do great things to change the world!

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Questions or comments? I'd love to hear from you! Email me today: [email protected].